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.

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

Spring Conference 
being cancelled

It is with great sadness and remorse that the CBA and the Spring Conference Committee at Vista Forge are announcing the cancellation of the 2021 CBA Spring Conference.

Our team has been working long and hard to make this event happen. But we have to follow state and county guidelines as to when we can open up and how many people we can have in a group. If we can’t open up to where we can host at least 50% capacity in our buildings then the event is unworkable. With the current Covid-19 numbers, it looks extremely unlikely that will happen by mid April.

We regret this course of action but the health and safety of our members is our primary concern. New events will be planned once it is safe to do so.

Live to forge another day!

Dave Carroll and Miguel de los Rios 

But Spring Conference 2022 is on! See you in Petaluma

April 21-24, 2022.

Visit the Open it with Art gallery

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California Blacksmith Magazine

Upcoming events

May 13, 2021 • Online live streaming via Zoom
July 15, 2021 • Online live streaming via Zoom
August 20, 2021 • Felton, CA
October 01, 2021 • CA
April 21, 2022 • Petaluma, CA


  • 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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