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Level II Grille Tutorials: Session 1

Punching and Drifting, Mortise and Tenon Joinery
Level II Core Skills
November 17, 2022
Online live streaming via Zoom

In this kick-off session we will first tackle punching and drifting. Mark Aspery will teach you how to punch and drift half-inch round, square and diamond shaped holes in half-inch round, square and flat bar. Then, Becky Schimpff will teach mortise and tenon joinery. You'll come out of this session with solid how-to knowledge that you can apply to your projects.

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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.

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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.

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