CBA Events

Upcoming events

    • April 27, 2017
    • April 30, 2017
    • Vista, CA

    Spring Conference 2017


    LOCATION: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista, California

    DATE: April 27-30, 2017

    FLYER: Spring Conference 2017

    REGISTER THE EASY WAY: Use The Link In The Box At Left.

    MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM: Spring Conference 2017 Mail-In Registration Form

    CONTACT & GENERAL CHAIRMAN: Dave Carroll, 714-932-4653


    Conference Fee
    April 10
    April 10
     Full Conference
     $175  $190
     Single Day
     $65  $80
     Meals (all Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    also includes Saturday Banquet Dinner)
    Spring Conference Menu

     $120  $140
     Saturday Banquet Dinner Only
     $25  $35


    Motel - Super 8 Oceanside Marty's Valley Inn

    3240 East Mission Ave
    Oceanside, CA 92054

    Ask for the CBA special rate -- $62.95 + tax single, $72.95 + tax double. Limited number of rooms, available until the end of March 2017.

    Tent camping - $10 per night, paid onsite

    RV Camping - No hookups, $15 per night, paid onsite


    Daniel Miller
    Brett Moten
    Monica Coyne
    Tony Swatton
    Gary Brown
    Jay Burnham-Kidwell
    Helmut Hillenkamp

    Watch for Others to be Added Later


    Presentation by Joy Fire 

    Look for Joy Fire to present a joinery video and a talk about her CBA-supported monthlong artist residency in the mountains near Telluride, Colorado.  In this residency she connected with nearby blacksmiths, and re-fired up a shop that had been dormant since the passing of its owner. She also worked with the Ah Haa School for the Arts, conducting two workshops.


    COORDINATOR: Beth Holmberg

    Demonstrators, Workshops, and Schedules are all subject to change. Check the listing at the conference site.



    Spring Conference 2017 Education Flyer

    Hands-On Workshops - Beginner through Intermediate

    Thursday, All Day - Tool Making Workshop

    Kevin Lauritsen, Ken Kuhn, Beth Homberg

    We will focus on the tools you will need for the Friday-Sunday workshop projects. Instructions will include Bill Stone's kit tongs, modifying tong jaws, hot cut chisels, center punches, round punches and more.

    Friday Morning - Folding Cooking Trivet

    Chris Ruiz

    This clever trivet design folds up neatly to pack with your camping gear, but it sturdy enough for big dutch ovens! Includes a movable riveted hinge.

    Friday Afternoon - Blacksmiths Tongs

    Grant Loper

    Have you forged proper blacksmiths tongs from square stock - no kit, no twists? This workshop includes making sturdy rivets from bar stock.

    Friday Night - Penandular Cloak Pin

    David Shuford

    How does a braveheart keep his plaid pinned on? With a bold forged iron penandular! The pin works via a sliding collar.

    Saturday Morning - Viking Chest Hinges

    Jeff Hunter

    Historic, but also super useful for a toy box or tool chest. These hinges are a great introduction to connecting two bits of iron in a functional way.

    Saturday Afternoon - Braided Iron Bracelets

    Sharon Dodge

    Make handsome wearable iron jewelry from old scraps! Lots of design riffing to play around with as you learn forge welding skills.

    Sunday Morning - Two-arm Hanging Candle Holder

    Beth Holmberg

    Learn the basics of hot-collaring while forging a useful lighting fixture for your camp or patio.

    Youth Events and Space





    • May 19, 2017
    • May 20, 2017
    • Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,CA

    Hard Rock Hammer-In - CBA Event

    DATE: May 19-20, 2017

    LOCATION: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA

    THEME: Music and Art in the Gold-Mining Country


    Both days before May 16 - $150
    after May 16 -     $160

    Single day before May 16 - $90
    after May 16   -   $100

    Registration fee includes all meals.

    You must be a CBA member to participate.


    Co chairmen are Denis Murphy and Dan Perkins

    Info contact is Dan Perkins  (530) 575-0619


    Camping:  Available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds $30 dry, $40 full hook-up

    For camping contact the Nevada County Fairgrounds

    530-273-6217 Ext 221

    FLYER: HardRockHammerIn_Flyer.pdf


    World-Class Demonstrators include:

    • Group project by blacksmiths from Mt Forge in Truckee

    Individual Demos by:

    • Eric Clausen Nevada County Local Musician/Blacksmith  

    • Frank Trousil  from Prague

    • Brett Moten of Reno

    • Erin Simmons of Placerville

    • Ian Brooks from England

    • Mark Aspery from Wales

    • John Williams from Sacramento

    Saturday night: 'tri-tip' dinner and Auction
    Bring something for the GALLERY, Auction and IRON-in-HAT

    Friday EVENING group FIRE & MUSIC with YOUR demonstrators playing the music, all to join in.

     But wait there is MORE!!!…

    Arrive a day early May 18th as you are 'all' invited to a swaree in the 'Touchmark Garden'. NOON to Nite Nite.

    Horsdoovers, salads, sodas, 'gin' fizzes PLEASE RSVP & BYOB. See over 300 different plants species and Artist Blacksmith Touchmarks. Visit the small gallery with the PRICELESS 'Freddy R. and the CBA Kids of O'fest' Sculpture on display donated for a year by owners Mary and John Graham. Come Hang out with us!

    Sit • Stay • Chat • Blacksmiths

    STAY an extra day or two and visit Other area attractions: 

    • Empire Mine one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous HARD-ROCK gold mines in North America. Artifacts and living history.

    • North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum, gold mining artifacts, including a working Stamp Mill and Cornish Pump, the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed. 

    • Malakoff Diggins of the hydraulic mining days filled with Gold rush history.

    • Bridgeport and south Yuba River State Park to actually gold pan, wildflower and bird walks along the mighty river. Walk one of the largest covered bridges.

    • Quaint towns with museums, shops and galleries: Nevada City, Rough and Ready, Camptonville etc. Even Allegheny and Forest City, CA to VISIT the working mine: the Sixteen to One Underground Mine Tour (Full-day trip)

    • May 27, 2017
    • Richmond, CA


    DATE: May 27, 2017

    REGISTRATION FEE: Early registration $100, after April 1 - $150


    Michael Bondi Metal Design
    2801 Giant Road, Bldg 1
    Richmond, CA 94806

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michael Bondi (510) 236-2607,


    Sculpture demonstration with Christoph Friedrich.  He will demonstrate using the large hammers and press.  He will show his techniques, and give a slide presentation on his work and on the restoration of his water powered hammers.

    Manager/owner of the historic water-powered blacksmith workshop in Sennwald, Christoph Friedrich has been a demonstrator at international blacksmithing events in the USA, England, Finland, Germany, Korea and Canada.

    This is a demonstration by Christoph. It will not be a hands-on workshop.


    • August 18, 2017
    • August 20, 2017
    • Felton, CA

    Roaring Camp Hammer-In

    DATE: August 18-20, 2017

    LOCATION: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton CA

    CONTACT:  Frank Golding 831-566-4170


    Ellen Durkan - Wearable Art
    Mike Wood - Sculpture
    Kirk McNeil - Soapstone Holder
    Russell Jones - Letter Opener with Dragon's Head
    Mark Kochan - Teaching Tent
    Chairman is Frank Golding.


    Full Hammer-In - $110 (includes parking)
    Single Day - $65 (includes parking)
    Saturday Night Dinner - $25

    FLYER: For meals, accomodations and directions check out the flyer  RoaringCampHammerIn.pdf


    This is a hands-on workshop, for CBA Members only, of all levels. Bring forge, anvil, and/or tools, if you like. We will have several forging stations available. Safety classes and hearing protection are required. Prepare for warm weather!



    • September 29, 2017
    • October 01, 2017
    • Fritz Hagist’s ranch in Cazadero, CA
    • 180

    Octoberfest 2017

    DATE: Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017

    LOCATION: Fritz Hagist's ranch, 34895 Kruse Ranch Road, Cazadero CA

    REGISTRATION: Online or by mail
    Mail: Make check payable to CBA.
    CBA Secretary Herb Upham
    4747 Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472


    MORE INFORMATION: Coming soon

Appropriate eye protection is required and must be worn during all California Blacksmith Association sponsored workshops and demonstrations, be it as a demonstrator, helper, instructor, observer or participant. By registering or attending such events, you agree that you understand these requirements, that you will bring your personal eye protection to all such events , and that you will wear the eye protection as required.

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