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    • April 30, 2020
    • May 02, 2020
    • Ferndale, CA

    SPRING CONFERENCE 2020
    "Beginner to Artist"

    Joe Koches Memorial Conference

    DATE: April 30- May 2, 2020

    LOCATION: Victorian Village of Ferndale, CA

    FLYER: SC2010 flyer.pdf

    ONLINE REGISTRATION:

         On-line registration opens January 15, 2020.

         On-line registration closes Friday, 4/24, at 11:59 PM.

         Early registration closes Friday, 4/3, at 11:59 PM.

    MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM: TBD

    CONTACT & GENERAL CHAIRMAN:  Conference co-chairmen are Paul Boulay and Mike Bondi.

    SCHEDULE:

    Wednesday, 27 April – 3 PM – 6 PM Pre Conference Registration Check-in.

    (Note: Unless you are a staff member for this conference, please keep out of the main fairgrounds area before 3 PM on Wednesday. We will be setting everything up with forklift traffic and other potentially hazardous situations.)

    Thursday 28 April – 8 AM Conference opens

    Saturday 2 May – 10 PM Conference closes

    See full schedule document:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oPtYBJpDfkl3-J4uglguSBJoWJImf2k2


    SITE MAP:


    Pdf version:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=14GSveSLWojCgxEH_3Cw21EdG4cCVKuy5

    Visio version:

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sekkp-joEMxs7TDizoqHOJik0peBg5gz



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    CONFERENCE FEES:

     Conference Fees  Before April 3, 2020
     After April 3, 2020
     Full Conference   $229  $255
     Single  Day  $125  $135
     Saturday Banquet Dinner Ticket  $27  $32
     Banquet Dinner for Children 12 and under  TBD  TBD





    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 2020 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.


    GETTING THERE:

    Highway 101 to Fernbridge then turn onto CA-211, which becomes Main Street Ferndale.

                Flights into the Ferndale area arrive at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County – Arcata-Eureka (ACV) airport. United flies direct to ACV from Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Shuttles are available from ACV to The Bear River Casino and Ferndale hotels.

    RV AND CAMPING RESERVATIONS: 

    Camping and RV Park

                The fairground has up to 70 spaces for RVs. These are also used as car/tent campsites. There are restrooms with showers both in the RV area and in the overflow camping area along Van Ness Ave.

                RV camping with water and power hookup: $28 / night

                Car / tent camping without hookups: $12/night.

    Arrange these spaces with the Fairgrounds office (707) 786-9511.
    See
    https://www.humboldtcountyfair.org/rv-park. That includes rules for campers.

    Lodging options

                Room Block

    Bear River Casino, 11 Bear Paws Way,  Loleta CA. Call (800) 761-2327 or (707) 733-9644 and press 2. (bearrivercasino.com).

                Hotels and B n B’s in Ferndale

    The Victorian Inn (victorianvillageinn.com 707-786-4949) is Ferndale’s premier hotel. Many of the conference demonstrators will stay there. A room block has been arranged with favorable pricing – be sure to call directly and say that you are booking for the “CBA Blacksmith group.” All room rates include a full breakfast.

    Redwood Suites (redwoodsuites.com 707-786-5000) is a more contemporary property with lower prices than the Victorian Inn. It is just across the street from the VI, and all rooms include full breakfast at the VI Restaurant. Same room block reservation as at the VI; ask for the “CBA Blacksmith group” rate.

    There are many other beautiful and historic sites open as Bed and Breakfast lodging.

    (One of your conference co-chairs will be staying in a rented home through AirBnB.)

    There are also well-known hotel options in Fortuna with Best Western and Travel Lodge.


    DESCRIPTION

    Dedication

    We dedicate this conference to the memory of Joe Koches. Joe proposed this conference at the Placerville board meeting in 2018. He and Michael Bondi worked for many months to secure the first-rate program of demonstrators at this conference. Sadly, Joe did not live to see it happen. But we will do our best to carry out his vision.

    Theme / Program Overview

    The theme Joe selected is “Beginner to Artist,” and we carry that out by serving beginners and intermediate smiths in the large Education area and the more advanced with 5 of the best contemporary artist blacksmiths working in the world. Because of the tremendous portfolio of works each of these smiths will have to show, we have dedicated our Lunchtime to their slide shows.

    There are two gallery spaces at this conference. As always, we will have the CBA conference gallery at the fairgrounds, and members are encouraged to show off their best work. This time we also have Joe Koches' extensive Blacksmith Shop gallery with works by E.A.Chase, Joe Anderson, Toby Hickman, Monica Coyne, Jake James, Doug Pryor, and many more.

    This conference is truly the place to be for smithing education and inspiration in 2020.


    DEMONSTRATORS

    Principal Demonstrators

    TBD

    Demonstrators


    Claudio Bottero

    Pavel Tasovsky

    Christoph Fredrich

    Peter Braspenninx

    Monica Coyne



    EDUCATION

    Education Area: 

    Main education area

    Mark Aspery

    Dan Perkins

    Victoria Ritter

    Steve Taylor

    Youth section

    Miguel de los Rios

    Zander Nichols to do a youth-only workshop on forging knife blades.

    Hands-On Interactive Coaching

    Mini workshops

    Kids forging area

    Contests


    GALLERY AND AUCTION

    The CBA members gallery will be in the “Art Building” at the fairgrounds. You are encouraged to bring your best work to be displayed. (Items must fit through standard pedestrian access double doors to go inside the building.)  The gallery accepts artwork to be displayed starting Thursday at 9 am. Doors are open for gallery viewing starting at noon Thursday and will be open from 9 am to 6 pm except Saturday when the gallery closes at 4:30 pm to prepare for the banquet. The gallery sponsors a Viewers Choice poll; we announce the results at the conference banquet on Saturday night. Viewer's choice balloting is open Saturday from 9 am until 3:00 pm.

                Exhibitors must arrange to pick up their artwork on Saturday between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm with the last chance pickup opportunity on Sunday from 8 am to 10:30 am.  Works left after that time will be considered abandoned.

    IRON IN THE HAT

    VENDORS

    TAILGATE SALES

    Things to see and do in and around Ferndale

    The Victorian Village of Ferndale (visitferndale.com) – Beautifully preserved homes and buildings. Don’t miss the Mercantile (at 421 Main St.) and of course, The Blacksmith Shop (at 455 Main St.)

    The Loleta Cheese Factory, 252 Loleta Drive, Loleta, CA 95551 (http://www.artisancheesefactory.com/#artisan-cheese-factory)

    Centerville Beach -- This beautiful sandy beach is about 5 miles west of Ferndale.

    Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park also the Redwood National Park.

    Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Kinetic Museum Eureka (http://kineticgrandchampionship.com/kinetic-museum-eureka) 518 A Street (A Street Between 5th and 6th), Eureka, CA 95501, 707-786-3443. Joe was involved in this craziness for some years.

    Lost Coast Brewery - 1600 Sunset Dr. Eureka, California 95503 (707) 267-9651 (https://www.lostcoast.com)

    Weather to expect

                The weather at the beginning of May in Ferndale is cold to cool with lows typically 44 to 50 F and highs between 54 and 58 F. Mornings are typically cloudy with partly cloudy conditions in the afternoon. The probability of precipitation is 21% on any day, but if there is rain, it will likely be very light.

                Sunrise is about 6:15 AM and sunset at about 8:10 PM.

                Winds tend to be light and mostly from the north or northwest. The windiest time of the day tends to be mid-afternoon when the average wind speed is 11 MPH and rarely over 18 MPH. 

                The Pacific Ocean average temperature is 52 F near Ferndale on May 1.

                From weatherspark.com


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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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