Welcome to the CBA website

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.

CBA Spring Conference Preview

Sign up today because we have crammed it full of inspiration, education, and fun. 

We will have awesome demonstrators, see for yourself
There will be tons of opportunities to level-up your Blacksmithing skills.
There will be skill competitions and a design contest.

April 21-24, 2022 in Petaluma, California. More information and registration here: Spring Conference 2022. Don't miss it.

The New CBA Online Lessons Initiative

The CBA has taken blacksmith education online, not just for the COVID-19 pandemic but to answer a need in this digital age. 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.

If you are a member make sure to register for online demonstrations on this website to enjoy your membership discount. Look at the Events page drop-down menu (above) to find several Zoom tutorials that are being offered at the moment. Some tutorials are being offered as a series, and others as a stand-alone class. Make sure to check back for current offerings as we are continually adding to the list.

Forge-Welded Tong Class

CBA Events Come 
Roaring Back

After a long hiatus, our amazing CBA events have restarted. Other blacksmithing events that don’t directly benefit the organization are also happening throughout the state. We are doing all we can to ensure all state and county guidelines are followed to provide our members safe opportunities to gather, forge and learn. 

Roaring Camp Hammer-In just wrapped up and what a time it was!  Approximately 50 smiths from all over the state, including one new smith from Hawaii, spent the weekend pounding steel with some outstanding demonstrators.  Beth Holmberg spent many hours demonstrating and creating a Railroad-themed "Charm Bracelet" that will grace the walls of Vista Forge; meanwhile, Mark Aspery taught a crew how to forge a hacksaw frame.  Anna Bobisuthi was the lead organizer and showed hot forming of sheet metal.  Let's not forget our other talented smiths such as Jonathan Lambert, Michael Suwczinsky and Reed Peck-Kriss who demonstrated and shared their talents throughout the weekend. 

While Roaring Camp was happening in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Flavio Parra Ortiz demonstrated his sculpture techniques at Vista Forge.

Weaverville Hammer-In 2021 is scheduled for late October.   Grab your space while you can as this is going to be a great event. There are some amazing talents on the schedule including Mark Aspery, Ellen Durkan, and many others.  Head to the "Other Events" tab for more information. 

Let's not forget the long-awaited Spring Conference 2022. It's time to "Come Together" as an organization in beautiful Petaluma, CA.  From April 21-24, CBA will feature talented demonstrators such as Monica Coyne, Peter Braspennix, Doug Pryor, the Bushey Brothers, and our outstanding education team. There will be hands-on forging, slide shows, a gallery and all the unforgettable experiences of a CBA Spring Conference.  Check out the "Events" tab for additional information.

Can't make an event in person? Not to worry, our popular "live stream Zoom" events will continue.  On September 16 a Level II Collaring class is scheduled with many more in the works. 

Happy Forging!

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  • A subscription to "California Blacksmith" our bi-monthly publication
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  • 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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