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    • March 14, 2019
    • Weaverville, CA

    WEAVERVILLE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

    DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2019

    LOCATION: Jake Jackson Museum, 730 Main St Weaverville CA. Take hwy 299 west from Redding or east from Eureka

    SCHEDULE: Starts at 9 A.M.

    COST: Free to CBA instructors. $35 for non-instructors.

    GEAR: Bring safety gear and your favorite forging tools.

    REGISTRATION: Sign up on site.

    INFORMATION: Dan Perkins 530/575-0619

    DESCRIPTION:  The instructor training will be on Thursday of the Weaverville Hammer in, starts at 9:00 am, instructor will be Mark Aspery, it's free to CBA instructors and $35 dollars for non-instructors , bring safety gear and your favorite forging tools. Sign ups will be on site the morning of the training. Dan Perkins will be the contact for the training.


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    • March 30, 2019
    • Santa Ana,CA

    INSTRUCTOR TRAINING - ORANGE COUNTY

    DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2019

    LOCATION: 3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana, CA 92704

    SCHEDULE: Starts at 8am should wrap up by 6pm. Lunch and drinks will be provided.

    COST: Free to CBA instructors. $35 for other members

    GEAR: Bring safety gear and your favorite forging tools.

    REGISTRATION: e-mail Ken Kurtz   Ken@sparkykurtz.com

    INFORMATION: Ken Kurtz - Ken@sparkykurtz.com

    DESCRIPTION:  

    Orange County Blacksmith Guild will be hosting the Southern California CBA instructor training class Saturday March 30.

    Tony Swatton will be show his armor  making skills, we will have the opportunity to take our own project home.

    We will have limited seats in order to complete the project. OCBlacksmith is located at 3101 W Harvard St, Santa Ana,CA 92704. Use the Employee and bus entrance, park in lot by school mural.

    Tony is bringing the tools and equipment needed for this. With that we can only take a total of 18 people.  We will insure that the instructors get a spot and then allow the others in as space is available.

    Contact Ken Ken@sparkykurtz.com if you plan on attending.



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    • April 25, 2019
    • April 27, 2019
    • Grass Valley, CA
    Register

    SPRING CONFERENCE 2019
    Fe on the Mountain

    DATE: April 25-27, 2019

    LOCATION: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA

    ONLINE REGISTRATION: is open till April 20th, after that date register at the conference.

    MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM: SC2019_registration_form.pdf

    CONTACT & GENERAL CHAIRMAN:  Dan Perkins, 530/575-0619

    SCHEDULE: Schedule_SC2019.pdf


    CONFERENCE FEES:

     Conference Fees  Before April 3, 2019  After April 3, 2019
     Full Conference   $170  $195
     Single  Day  $85  $100
     Saturday Banquet Dinner Ticket  $25  $30
     Banquet Dinner for Children 12 and under  $12.50  $15





    Members with a Family Membership can register up to two additional family members as conference participants at half price. Individuals registered as guests must be listed on your CBA family membership and be part of the same household. For larger families please contact Herb Upham at 707/823-1251 or secretary@calsmith.org.

    Members with Business Membership can sign up unlimited number of business associates at full price.

    Members of ABANA or ABANA-affiliated blacksmith organizations who want to attend Spring Conference 2019 need to purchase Event Only Temporary membership prior to registering for the event. Get Event Only Temporary membership.

    Non-participating attendees - family members and friends - free.


    ACCOMMODATIONS:

    We now have a room block established at the
    Best Western Gold Country Inn
    972 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, California 95945
    530-273-1393. Room block: CBA

    RV AND CAMPING RESERVATIONS:

    Nevada County Fairgrounds
    11228 McCourtney Rd.
    Grass Valley, CA  95949

    Phone: 530-273-6217 (8 am – noon, and 1 – 5 pm, Monday through Friday)

     Camping@NevadaCountyFair.com


    DESCRIPTION

    The conference team has been hard at work for the 2019 spring conference in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fairgrounds April 25-27. If you all had a blast at the Placerville conference, Grass Valley, will be over the top. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for Grass Valley. Those lucky enough to attend will enjoy great demonstrators and a wide range of experiences. There are opportunities for all, first time smiths, beginners to the masters as well as varied interests from knife making, tool making to one of a kind art pieces using traditional as well as artistic processes. All this takes place in a park with beautiful tall pines and a very spacious RV area with plenty of camping. The surrounding area has many activities for families so be sure to bring them along!

    Victoria Patti will lead an Art in Motion contest along with a how-to demo.  This is your chance to make something beautiful with your friends.

    Be one of the first to try out the new anvils in the education area which we will be expanding even more.  At the Grass Valley conference, you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice some of the techniques seen in the demonstrations.  If your goal is to get hands on experience with some great instructors, this is your chance!

    The Friday Night Gallery party/slide show has been expanded so all of us can enjoy good company and learn new ideas and concepts from the demonstrators who will be presenting their work.


    DEMONSTRATORS

    Principal Demonstrators

    Martino and Jadran Stenico, Ardrea, Italy

    When we were still children, playing in the studio of our father Alessandro Stenico, a well-known sculptor, we had the good luck to play and amuse ourselves with a whole range of materials, experimenting with them and developing our manual dexterity. The studio, which was an Aladdin’s cave for us, contained, among many other items, a forge and a small anvil and so it was that our first contact with iron was as casual and spontaneous as with any toy, then becoming increasingly important to us in the same way that any other game could. Working with iron then was for us initially self-taught but soon we became aware of the need to study carefully, firstly, shapes and forms – our awareness being stimulated by the world around us – and, secondly, the technical aspect which up till that point we had approached intuitively.

    Demonstrators

    Elijah Burnett

    Exploring into form and movement of a contemporary sculpture piece with a small team of strikers. I will be discussing the importance and advantage of working together with other blacksmiths at the anvil. I may also revisit lessons from master Claudio Bottero in forging human forms.



    Mike and Cody Chisham

    Four topics:

    Topic 1: Unconventional Beginners Blacksmithing
    Forging items using non-blacksmithing tools. No anvil, common construction type hammers and junkyard materials.

    Topic 2: Introduction to Basic Blacksmithing techniques. Forging items utilizing proper blacksmithing techniques, tools and nomenclature.

    Topic 3: Heat treating for Dummies. A simple introduction into the concept of heat treating for beginners.

    Topic 4: Poor Man’s Repousse. Making tools and how to use them to do simple repousse projects.

    Maria Cristalli

    My demo will most likely be a project, either a sculpture or a functional piece that I work on throughout the demo slots. 

    My specific plan is not set yet, but it will probably include texturing, some joinery, and maybe some power hammer tooling. 


    Maegan Crowley

    Maegan will be demonstrating how to achieve fluid forms using hollow materials, showing the steps of free forming pipe /sheet metal into organic forms. There will be a hands on teaching component to the demonstration - details to follow.



    Andrew Kyte

    Forging three elements that will fit together into one sculpture, plus spending one demo session in the Education area where students can participate in forging one of the elements.



    Andrew Meers

    This spring Demo will focus on basic knife forging in the hands-on area. We'll go over basic techniques for shaping and hardening as well. Additionally we will cover the basic Japanese inlays as well as incorporating it into the fitup on knife handle furniture.



    Heather McLarty/Jack da Silva/Pat Downing

    Team Ichthyology is planning to work copper sheet. Jack & Heather will make a fishy Jello mold (sounds yummy, eh?) using die forming, forging and chasing and other techniques. Simultaneously, we’ll make an asymmetrical tray featuring the skeleton of a fish on it using repoussé and chasing. The tray will be serviceable for fishy Jello presentation. Once the pieces are formed we’ll hand them over to Pat to work his magic. He’ll tin the Jello mold so it’s usable, then he’ll do his colorful patina thing to make them irresistible. We are planning to bring a couple of extra surprises to include for the auction, so get ready to be amazed and BID!!!  




    EDUCATION

    Education Area:  Mark Aspery and Victoria Ritter

    Leafing Hammers:  This is Plan ‘A’- with me helping the punch and drift side, and Victoria helping under the power hammer(s).. Anyang is promising to bring a new 33# hammer, and I may be able to borrow a second Anyang for the conference.

    Leaves:  make leaves under the hammer and forge weld them together as another couple of lessons.

    Tool making:   the last class - probably slot-punch and hammer-eye drift.

    Victoria and I will be running a practice session in Weaverville next Spring as both part of the CBA instructor training and the hammer-in - same projects.



    John Williams

    Toolmaking.

    John’s approach to toolmaking and blacksmithing is often organic, with an emphasis on getting down to basic techniques and working toward the least complicated and most efficient approach to solving production problems.

    By constantly using the tools which he makes, in various fields, he is able to treat his other areas of work as field tests to continue to refine his designs in an effort to continuously improve not only his products, but his skills as a blacksmith.


    Hands-On Interactive Coaching

    •    Mark Aspery & Victoria Ritter
    •    John Williiams
    Mini workshops - techniques seen in the demonstration projects
    •     Maegan Crowley - hollow form forging
    •     Andrew Mears - blade forging
    •     Andrew Kyte - making a sculptural element

    Kids forging area
        Beth Holmberg

    Contests


    GALLERY AND AUCTION

    IRON IN THE HAT

    VENDORS

    TAILGATE SALES




    • July 26, 2019
    • July 27, 2019
    • CA

    2019 HARD ROCK HAMMER-IN

    DATE: July 26 - 27, 2019

    LOCATION: TBD

    THEME: TBD

    WINDCHIMES:  TBD

    REGISTRATION FEE: TBD

    You must be a CBA member to participate.

    CONTACT: TBD

    ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

    DESCRIPTION: Coming soon.




    • August 16, 2019
    • August 18, 2019
    • CA
    • 50

    ROARING CAMP HAMMER-IN 2019

    DATE: August 16-18, 2019

    LOCATION: TBD

    SCHEDULE: TBD

    DEMONSTRATORS: TBD

    COST: TBD

    MEALS: TBD

    ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

    DIRECTIONS: TBD

    DESCRIPTION: Coming soon.


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    • September 27, 2019
    • September 29, 2019
    • CA
    • 30

    WAYNE'S WORLD 2019

    DATE: Sept 27 - 29, 2019

    REGISTRATION: Online at www.calsmith.org ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN TILL SEPTEMBER 22. After Sept 22 please register on site.

    Register by mail
    Make check payable to CBA
    CBA Secretary Herb Upham
    4747 Vine Hill Road
    Sebastopol, CA 95472

    CONTACT:  TBD

    LOCATION: TBD

    COST: TBD

    CAMPING: TBD

    SCHEDULE:  TBD

    DEMONSTRATOR: TBD

    IRON IN THE HAT: TBD

    DESCRIPTION:

    Coming soon.
    • October 04, 2019
    • October 06, 2019
    • CA
    • 180

    OCTOBERFEST 2018

    DATE: Oct 4 - Oct 6, 2019

    LOCATION: TBD

    CONTACT: TBD

    REGISTRATION: ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN TILL OCTOBER 2nd.
    After October 2nd please register on site.

    Limited to 180 members.

    Register by Mail: Make check payable to CBA.
    CBA Secretary Herb Upham
    4747 Vine Hill Road
    Sebastopol, CA 95472

    COST: TBD

    MORE INFORMATION: TBD

    DEMONSTRATORS: TBD

    DESCRIPTION: Coming soon


Past events

January 26, 2019 TOOLING UP THE CBA FORGES - CBA Event
October 05, 2018 OCTOBERFEST 2018 - CBA Event
September 29, 2018 WAYNE'S WORLD 2018 - CBA Event
August 17, 2018 ROARING CAMP HAMMER-IN - CBA Event
June 01, 2018 2018 HARD ROCK HAMMER-IN
April 12, 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE 2018 - CBA Event
March 10, 2018 GAS AND COKE FORGE WORKSHOP - CBA Event
February 10, 2018 HAND AXE WORKSHOP - CBA Event
January 20, 2018 TOOL-MAKING WORKSHOP - CBA Event
November 12, 2017 KITCHEN UTENSIL CLASS - CBA Event
October 29, 2017 BITS N PIECES- CBA Event
September 29, 2017 OCTOBERFEST 2017 - CBA Event
August 18, 2017 ROARING CAMP HAMMER-IN - CBA Event
May 27, 2017 CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH WORKSHOP
May 19, 2017 HARD ROCK HAMMER-IN
April 27, 2017 SPRING CONFERENCE 2017 - CBA Event
March 16, 2017 WEAVERVILLE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING - CBA Event
January 21, 2017 CBA BOARD MEETING - CBA Event
January 21, 2017 TONG-MAKING WORKSHOP - CBA Event
December 03, 2016 KITCHEN UTENSIL CLASS, FRANSIS LEIDINGER - CBA Event
October 29, 2016 LOW-RELIEF CHASING, FRANCIS LEIDINGER - CBA Event
September 30, 2016 OCTOBERFEST 2016 - CBA Event
September 24, 2016 WAYNE'S WORLD - CBA Event
August 19, 2016 HAMMER-IN AT ROARING CAMP RAILROADS - CBA Event
April 28, 2016 SPRING CONFERENCE 2016 - CBA Event
January 30, 2016 CBA FORGE BUILDING WORKSHOP
December 05, 2015 KITCHEN UTENSIL/BBQ TOOLS WORKSHOP
October 24, 2015 CALIFORNIA BLACKSMITH ASSOCIATION INSTRUCTOR TRAINING - CBA Event
October 02, 2015 OCTOBERFEST - CBA Event
September 25, 2015 WAYNE'S WORLD - CBA Event
September 25, 2015 Instructor Training at Wayne's World
August 07, 2015 Roberto Giordani Workshop
May 22, 2015 Frederic Crist Workshop
April 23, 2015 SPRING CONFERENCE - CBA Event
March 19, 2015 Instructor Training - Weaverville
January 17, 2015 REBUILD AN ANVIL - CBA Event

Appropriate eye protection is required and must be worn during all California Blacksmith Association sponsored workshops and demonstrations, be it as a demonstrator, helper, instructor, observer or participant. By registering or attending such events, you agree that you understand these requirements, that you will bring your personal eye protection to all such events , and that you will wear the eye protection as required.


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