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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 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.

Spring Conference 2020

Dear CBA members,

I am very sad to announce that after much debate and consideration, Spring Conference 2020 in Ferndale is canceled due to the impact of COVID-19. The CBA prioritizes the safety of its members and demonstrators above all. We exercise all safety protocols to ensure we do our part in protecting you, your families, and our communities. Given the escalating response to COVID-19, travel into the USA is unclear for our foreign demonstrators. To further complicate matters, the California Governor is now restricting gatherings with greater than 250 people in attendance.

The Spring Conference Committee is exploring alternative locations and dates now, fingers crossed that things will soon return to normal. The demonstrators are all healthy and eager to come out when we find a viable alternative. Regardless, we will have great demonstrators to honor Joe Koches' memory. We will keep you posted as we navigate the current environment.

If you have already registered for the Spring Conference, the CBA Secretary will soon reach out about any refund that you may be due.

The Spring Conference is a major financial revenue generator for our non-profit. Please stay tuned for opportunities to help the CBA and our mission of educating smiths and preserving the art and craft of blacksmithing. Renewing your membership is a great step forward for the entire organization.

But first and foremost, please stay safe, take care of yourself, and take care of your loved ones.


Miguel de los Rios

President, CBA

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