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Spring Conference 2022

CBA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating smiths and preserving the art and craft of blacksmithing. Started in 1977, by a group of 17 California blacksmiths, CBA has developed into a thriving group of over 650 blacksmiths and enthusiasts. We are a diverse group of men and women whose common interest is a passion for working metal. Our non-profit, volunteer organization is dedicated to keeping the tradition, art, and craft of blacksmithing alive.

CBA welcomes anyone interested in blacksmithing, from beginners to professionals.  Be sure to join us so you can enjoy the people, events and resources that make the CBA a valuable organization.


Roaring Camp August 19-21, 2022 – Felton California


Register for the Hammer-In at Roaring Camp 2022 held in Felton, California. Watch as our demonstrators push the boundaries of hot metal, bring ancient techniques to life, and share their talent and dedication to the blacksmith’s craft. CBA members who pay the registration fee may also work at the anvils and forges.
DEMONSTRATORS: Leah Aripotch, Dennis Dusek, Shawn Lovell, Anna Bobisuthi, Mark Aspery, John West, and Randy Augsburger.

Register for 2022 Hammer-In at Roaring Camp

2023 Spring Conference – Vista California

The 2023 Spring Conference will be held April 13-15, 2023, at Vista Forge in Southern California. The site is part of the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, a 55-acre facility with plenty of camping sites for tents or trailers. 2023 will feature some famous guest artists and demonstrators from around the world, a large, hands-on education area, plenty of open forges, contests, games, great food, and all the things you love about a conference.  The site also features plenty to see and do for family and friends, including a working sawmill, a weaver’s barn and spinner’s cottage, model railroads, a clock museum, and lots of working steam and gas engines and tractors. Start planning now to take part in the gallery and auction, or just attend to see some creative and talented blacksmiths up close.

CBA Online Tutorials

CBA brings blacksmith education online! From an expanded online magazine with more content and pictures to high caliber demonstrations from champions of the blacksmithing world, the CBA has updated our offerings to fulfil your needs.

Members may register for online demonstrations here to save on classes with a membership discount. Look at the Events page drop-down menu above to find Zoom tutorials currently being offered. Some tutorials are offered as a series, and others as stand-alone classes. Be sure to check back frequently for current offerings as we add new opportunities.

Forge-Welded Tong Class

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Upcoming events

August 19, 2022 • Felton, CA
September 30, 2022 • CA
January 26, 2023 • Online live streaming via Zoom
March 16, 2023 • Jake Jackson Museum, Weaverville

MEMBER ADVANTAGES

  • A subscription to "California Blacksmith" our bi-monthly publication
  • Online access to "California Blacksmith" magazine archives
  • Access to CBA conferences and events as well as our educational programs and workshops
  • Access to our brick and mortar library, which houses hundreds of books and DVDs
  • The option for your own gallery page on the CBA website
  • Access to CBA Grants and Scholarships

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