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    • May 13, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • July 08, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Online live streaming via Zoom
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    FORGE A VIKING PADLOCK

    A guided forge-it-yourself experience in 5 webinar sessions, on Thursday nights, two weeks apart.

    Viking-era Scandinavians (8th-11th C) kept their goods locked in wooden chests- the size of your key ring was an indication of your wealth.  We will work on a reproduction of padlock found in the Viking trade town of Hedeby. *

    DATES:     May 13th & 27th
                 
    June 10th & 24th
                  July 8th, 2021

    TIME: 5:30-7:30 pm, PDT

    INSTRUCTOR: Beth Holmberg has been teaching blacksmithing for CBA since 2005.  She was a blacksmith for the reconstruction of a 21 meter buried Viking longship in Denmark, and has demonstrated at Viking markets and open-air museums. 

    EXPERIENCE LEVEL:  You should be able to forge and heat treat simple hand tools, forge tapers and bend with a bit of precision, and have forge welded once or twice.

    LOCATION: Online live streaming via Zoom - Login and password will be provided once you have registered

    CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Beth Holmberg: 619-293-3211 (8 am-7pm only; land line!) or blacksmithbeth@gmail.com

    PRICING:  $100/participant for CBA members
                    $140/participant for non-members

    REGISTRATION: Limited to 12 participants

    Register here (online)

    •  12 participants maximum
    •  Registration cutoff date is 12 May 2021
    •  Instructions for Zoom access to this meeting will be sent to all registrants.
    EVENT DESCRIPTION:

    *All locks are based on similar technology.  This is a great first hand-forged lock for building an understanding of how they work.  The focus will be on understanding how all the parts work together in this simple lock, and traditional methods for shaping and piercing metal.  There will be lots of parts and joinery, including mortise and tenon joints and brass brazing in the fire! And we’ll explore how to make a precision, multi-part piece without blueprints and measurements (like a real Viking).

    We’ll work through the lock-making process, step-by-step, in bi-monthly sessions.  There will be pictures, story boards, and chalk-talk… and a homework assignment! There will also be time to share your progress, and get some coaching and trouble-shooting.  The class will emphasize traditional (Iron Age) methods, but we’ll talk about some useful modern short-cuts, too.

    Participants will be emailed lists of tools, materials, and supplies needed, and an 19 pg. “how to” .pdf to print and scrawl notes over.  Plan to put in 6-10 hours of work on your lock between sessions.  Sessions will be recorded for review by registered participants.   Expect lots of cold work (filing, cutting, punching) at small scales, some fussy forging, new uses for fire, and lots of tweaking.

    • May 20, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Online live streaming via Zoom
    • 6
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    Level II Skills: SCROLLING WRENCH AND TONGS

    DATE AND TIME:     May 20th at 5:30pm     

    LOCATION: Online live streaming via Zoom - Login and password will be provided once you have registered

    CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Victoria Ritter, 916/947-1388

    PRICING: 

    $20/participant for CBA members           
    $30/participant for non-members

    REGISTRATION: Register here (online)

    •  20 participants maximum
    •  Registration cutoff date is 19 May 2021
    •  Instructions for Zoom access to this meeting will be sent to all registrants.
    EVENT DESCRIPTION:

    The focus will be on the tools needed to hand forge a scroll, specifically the Scrolling Wrench and Scrolling Tongs. 

    Victoria Ritter (CBA III Instructor) will present the Scrolling Wrench which can be used for any bending work (think square corners) as well as for scrolls.  The wrench can be forged to whatever size needed, with the most typically used sizes being discussed, along with the forging methods used.

    Dennis Dusek (CBA Instructor) will present the Scrolling Tongs. The tongs will be forged using the power hammer with explanations of the tooling used in the presentation.  The steps to forging a set of scrolling tongs are the same whether you hand-hammer or use an assist, the techniques covered will be applicable whether you have a power hammer or not. 

    Both presentations fulfil the CBA level II curriculum requirements. 

    Time 5:30pm Pacific -1.5 hours of presentation with extra time for questions time, Experienced Novice to Intermediate level smith. 

    Mix of graphics, still photos and edited video. A handout on the Power Hammer tooling and tong schematics will be made available.   

    • August 20, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • August 22, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Felton, CA
    • 50

    ROARING CAMP HAMMER-IN 2021

    WE ARE HOPING AND PLANNING FOR HAMMER-IN 2021  
    If it moves forward, it will include current Covid protocols.

    DATE: August 20-22, 2021

    LOCATION: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton

    DIRECTIONS:

    SR-17 to Scotts Valley.  Take exit #3 at Mt. Hermon Rd., turn right and drive 3.5 miles to Felton.  Turn left on Graham Hill Road, and drive 1/2 mile to Roaring Camp (it’s on your right, 5401 Graham Hill Road)

    DEMONSTRATORS: TBD

    CONTEST - TBD

    COST:

    Full Hammer-In - TBD

    Single Day - TBD

    MEALS: TBD

    ACCOMMODATIONS:

    On site tent camping. Local motels.Camping may also be available in nearby parks.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

    Frank Golding, frankgolding@gmail.com



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    • October 01, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • October 03, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • CA
    • 180

    OCTOBERFEST 2021

    WE ARE HOPING AND PLANNING FOR
    OCTOBERFEST 2021  

    If it moves forward, it will include current Covid protocols.

    DATE: Oct 1 - Oct 3, 2021

    LOCATION: TBD

    CONTACT: TBD

    CHAIRMAN: Dave Nourot

    REGISTRATION:

    ONLINE REGISTRATION DATE TBD
    After TBD date please register on site.

    Limited to 180 members.

    Register by Mail: Make check payable to CBA.
    CBA Secretary Craig Litwin

    200 Nelson Way #5
    Sebastopol, CA 95472

    COST: TBD

    *You must be a CBA member to attend.

    DEMONSTRATORS: TBD

    EDUCATION AREA:  TBD

Past events

April 16, 2021 EVENT CANCELLED - SPRING CONFERENCE 2021 - CBA Event
April 15, 2021 LEVEL II SKILLS: SCROLLS! - CBA EVENT
February 18, 2021 LEVEL II SKILLS: SCROLLS! - CBA EVENT
February 02, 2021 2ND SESSION - CHASING AND REPOUSSE WITH DOUGLAS PRYOR - CBA EVENT
January 28, 2021 CHASING AND REPOUSSE WITH DOUGLAS PRYOR - CBA EVENT
December 17, 2020 FORGING THE GENERAL-PURPOSE LEAFING HAMMER - CBA EVENT
December 03, 2020 LEVEL III GRILLE TUTORIALS - CBA EVENT
November 19, 2020 MAKE YOUR OWN HAND TOOLS - CBA EVENT
November 12, 2020 INTRODUCTION TO KITCHEN UTENSILS - CBA EVENT
October 29, 2020 OKTOBERFEST (ZOOM) HAPPY HOUR - CBA Event
October 15, 2020 TONG-MAKING - OPEN AND BOX JAW TONGS WITH WELDED REINS (Experienced novice/Intermediate) - CBA Event
October 08, 2020 MAKE YOUR OWN HAND TOOLS - CBA EVENT
October 02, 2020 OCTOBERFEST 2020 - CANCELLED - Watch for the Oktoberfest / Halloween zoom hangout on October 29
September 17, 2020 THE BASKET-TWIST HANDLED POKER - an exercise in forge welding - CBA EVENT
September 03, 2020 TONG-MAKING - OPEN AND BOX JAW TONGS WITH WELDED REINS (Intermediate Level) - CBA Event
August 27, 2020 LET'S TALK DESIGN - Session 4 - CBA EVENT
August 20, 2020 LET'S TALK DESIGN - Session 3 - CBA EVENT
August 15, 2020 ROARING CAMP (ZOOM) HAPPY HOUR - CBA Event
August 14, 2020 ROARING CAMP HAMMER-IN 2020- CANCELLED- CBA Event
August 13, 2020 LET'S TALK DESIGN - Session 2 - CBA EVENT
August 06, 2020 LET'S TALK DESIGN - Register for all 4 sessions - CBA EVENT
August 06, 2020 LET'S TALK DESIGN - Session 1 - CBA EVENT
July 30, 2020 THE BASKET-TWIST HANDLED POKER Session 2 - CBA EVENT
July 20, 2020 THE BASKET-TWIST HANDLED POKER Session 1 - CBA EVENT
April 30, 2020 SPRING CONFERENCE 2020 - purchase additional meal plans - CBA Event- CANCELLED
April 30, 2020 SPRING CONFERENCE 2020 - CBA Event - CANCELLED
March 19, 2020 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING NORTH - CBA Event - CANCELLED
February 29, 2020 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SOUTH - CBA Event
February 22, 2020 FORGE WELDING - CBA Event
January 18, 2020 FERNDALE CONFERENCE PREP WORKSHOP - CBA Event
October 04, 2019 OCTOBERFEST 2019 - CBA Event
September 27, 2019 WAYNE'S WORLD 2019 - CBA Event
August 16, 2019 ROARING CAMP HAMMER-IN - CBA Event
July 26, 2019 2019 HARD ROCK HAMMER-IN - CBA Event
April 25, 2019 SPRING CONFERENCE 2019 - CBA Event
March 30, 2019 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING - ORANGE COUNTY - CBA Event
March 14, 2019 WEAVERVILLE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING - CBA Event
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

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