Board Of Directors - 2023 Election

There are five openings for the 2023-2025 CBA Board of Directors. You may submit only one vote for up to five candidates per account (Individual, Family, or Business). You must be logged into your account on the CBA website to submit your vote. For questions, contact Paul Boulay at
vice-president@calsmith.org

Candidates and their statements are listed in alphabetical
order below:

Leif Bennett

Angelo Brusatory

Carol de Maintenon

Greg Hudgins

Jonathan Lambert

Linda Mangum

JC O'Dell

Evan Pintzuk

David Thayer


To vote, be sure you are already logged into your CBA account.  You may only submit one set of up to five votes per membership account.

Leif Bennett

I am Leif Bennett, a software programmer by profession and a blacksmith of several decades. Starting as a teenager, I spent many hours trying to teach myself blacksmithing from books. When I finally connected to the blacksmithing community, I was able to learn so much, and so much faster! I enjoy working at my home forge, and I am now a regular instructor (volunteer) at Adam's Forge in Los Angeles, where I first took classes and where blacksmithing took flight for me. As a board member, I would like to give that sense of discovery to newcomers.


Angelo Brusatory

I first became addicted to blacksmithing in 2004 through finding a mentor in Alameda who taught classes, then went on to join ABANA and the CBA the following year. I teach Level I and II curriculum at Pioneer Village in Folsom. I’ve worked as a utility lineman for nearly 25 years. In my job I train new hires, and lead work crews at job sites on a daily basis. Thus I feel my years leading crews in a fluid work situations could be of value and my experience has given me some insight into teaching blacksmithing as a trade. Through volunteering at many events for the CBA, I continue to work to help support my fellow smiths and the organization. If elected to the board I'd like to work toward community outreach and helping provide more avenues in education.

Greg Hudgins

I started my journey with the CBA in 2013 up in Placerville at the Spring Conference. Since then, I have worked directly and indirectly with the CBA at build events, workshops, and Spring conferences. I had served on the board of directors for two years. During that time, I learned even more about what and how the CBA operates. From building forges and tools, taking photographs and videos, and setting up shade structures to loading the CBA travel trail for events, at the last Spring Conference in Petaluma, I was the site manager for Douglas Pryor. I continue to do a few things. I volunteer as much time and effort as possible to help the CBA membership. I have more events coming up soon, and others that are a bit further out. In January 2023, I am chairing the CBA Winterbash event. It is a build, maintenance, and forging event. I am excited to say that I am building a team for the 2024 CBA Placerville Spring Conference. It would be my honor to serve on the California Blacksmithing Association Board of Directors again. Thank you for your time and the opportunity.

Jonathan Lambert

I joined the CBA for a passion to learn and expand my skill sets and of course for the good tailgating. And it has performed. I started in 2005 as a farrier and that stoked my passion for blacksmithing. As I continue to shoe horses, I have found an another passion for teaching at the school that I started this journey in. Somehow my life revolves around forging. I find myself competing more in farrier Competitions. I also try to hold regular gatherings at my shop for all those that like to move metal. I have been able to make some of my living running my business Lambert Blacksmithing. I have focused on farrier and blacksmith tools. Overall, I tend to dabble here and there from silver work to whatever might pique my interest and helps keep me more rounded…but the food helps with that too. I have gained a lot from the CBA. I would like a chance to do my part to give a little more and maybe bring some unique perspectives from my background. Vote for Jonathan Lambert and all your wildest dreams will come true! 

Carol de Maintenon

I’ve been a CBA member since December, 2015. In the past 7 years with the CBA, Ive enjoyed going to conferences, hammer-ins and classes. I gained knowledge that took me from a rank beginner to a modest intermediate blacksmith. More importantly, that journey has given me a blacksmith community of friends. During the pandemic, we rallied to keep the CBA alive, and our members in touch with each other. I have greatly benefited from all of the CBA zoom instruction that has been created. I’m slowly endeavoring to work through the certification levels, personally. As a board member, I would endeavor to continue to support our education curriculum, and encourage members to take advantage of the knowledge which we have available to the CBA. Additionally, I want to continue supporting a global blacksmithing community. Through bringing guest blacksmiths to events, and, visiting shops for demos and idea exchange.

Linda Mangum

As an incumbent board member desiring to run for another term, I remain fully committed to serving the California Blacksmith Association. My involvement with CBA initially began as a supportive mom to a 13 year old fledgling blacksmith, but over the last 5 years I have become a fully committed and valued member and volunteer. In 2018, I started as an unofficial volunteer, which then morphed into more official roles, first at Spring Conference 2019 and Roaring Camp 2019, followed by being the primary Volunteer Coordinator for Spring Conference, Ferndale 2020. In the last year, I’ve continued to assist in integral roles with registration, merchandise, and the auction at events such as Spring Conference, Petaluma 2022, Roaring Camp 2022, and Oktoberfest 2022 and have committed to the same for Spring Conference, Vista 2023. Lastly, I am honored to announce my lead role in Spring Conference, Placerville 2024 as Co-Chair of the conference. It is evident through my continued support of the organization that I am fully vested in providing the time and effort needed to help CBA grow and thrive in the coming years. It would be my honor to continue to serve as a Board member for CBA. 

JC O’Dell

I have been called a Jack of all trades by many, partly because of my interests and jobs over the years. I spent much of my teenage years apprenticing as a machinist, been a certified EMT, have years of experience as a public speaker, taught medieval dagger and wrestling, written two novels (though unpublished), and currently work as a sawyer and yard supervisor at a reclaimed lumber mill (along with few other duties such as electrician, kiln operator, machine maintenance, website designer, social media manager, and sales). I have been smithing for nine years and have my own smithy, Greystoke Forge. This has allowed me to reach out and do educational demos with a local museum. While I do occasionally make knives, my primary focus is decorative work. I love blacksmithing and do my best to promote the craft and the CBA to any who shows the slightest interest in blacksmithing. This is because I believe blacksmithing’s only barrier should be a person's interest, which is why I feel the CBA is so great. If it wasn’t for a local CBA workshop and the opportunity to use student equipment, I wouldn’t have gotten my start. So I do my best to encourage those with the slightest spark since they won’t know what they are missing until they try. 

Evan Pintzuk

I have been actively blacksmithing at Vista Forge in San Diego County for a little over 5 years. I worked my way through the CBA curriculum and am currently working on my level three grill project! Blacksmithing and the CBA have introduced me to such a great new skill, hobby, and craft! I am learning to find ways to express the artistic side of me that has been suppressed by the daily grind! I dabble in everything from tools to hardware and some art!! It has been a great start to my blacksmithing journey! The folks at Vista Forge welcomed me in like I was an old friend! It’s been truly amazing! Due to Covid, I have helped plan a couple events but only have attended one, Spring Conference’22 in Petaluma! I had a fantastic time and met lots of great folks! I am currently helping to plan Spring Conference ‘23 in Vista! Super excited!! Going to be a great time! I am hoping to do whatever I can to keep the CBA growing and operating smoothly into the future!! 

David Thayer

As a ranch kid growing up with horses I was mesmerized by the farrier's work in the forge. My whole life I had wanted to blacksmith and finding the CBA was a "Eureka!" moment. What an amazing and storied organization. The online experiences and education during the thick of pandemic lock-down were invaluable and of course the members and board at the time were fighting for the organization's very survival. We are all so grateful for their hard work and triumph. Being a lifelong, self-employed designer/builder and now the resident blacksmith at the Templeton Historical Museum, I love the incredible depth of art, craft and history inherent in blacksmithing. The CBA friendships, associations and education are an ongoing source of inspiration. It's been great to be a part of it and I'd like to be able to give back to the organization by serving on the board, if elected. As a small business owner for twenty years as well as being associated with several other non-profit organizations, I feel I could lend a hand and contribute productively. 

Interested in joining the board of the CBA?

The reality is that the CBA, like any volunteer organization, can only work if members step up and participate in the workings of the group. Many "seasoned" members have taken a turn, have you? Now speaking particularly to our younger members -- how will the CBA know what is or isn't working for you if you are not present and voice your views?

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