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  • July 10, 2019 7:56 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Our shop mysteriously burned down about 2am the morning of July 4th.

    We are working with the Museum to recover what we can. 

    Rebuilding may be a challenge with new codes.

    The city of Santa Ana and the general public are on our side, new code may make it difficult.

    The show of support from the blacksmith community is encouragement to move on with a rebuild.

    We will set up a donation plan as soon as we know we are able to rebuild.

    Thank You All,

    Orange County Blacksmith,

    Ken Kurtz

  • May 17, 2019 5:52 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Tributaries: Monica Coyne

    July 7 – September 29, 2019

    Keeler Gallery at the Metal Museum

     The Metal Museum is pleased to announce Tributaries: Monica Coyne, the next exhibition in the Tributaries series. Tributaries: Monica Coyne will open on Sunday, July 7 and run through Sunday, September 29, 2019. The Museum will host a reception and gallery talk with the artist on Sunday, July 14 at 3pm with the gallery talk beginning at 4pm. In addition to the exhibition, Monica will be leading a small class in the Metals Studio.

    Monica Coyne is an artist-blacksmith based in rural California. She is traditionally trained in woodworking, which can be seen in the design and execution of forged joinery in her pieces. Living in both urban and rural environments created questions that Monica addresses with her work. Her figurative sculptures are inspired by man’s place in the natural environment, drawing connections between the state of human progress and the value of the wild around us.

    “This mixture of carbon and iron that humans have been playing with for thousands of years, this ancient alchemy, lights up my mind like nothing else. By understanding ancient processes, I push toward something new,” says the artist. “My work has always been an experiment in altering my own perception of what a bar of steel represents. I formed the hot steel and as it cooled, I would catch a glimpse of stretching skin. When the pressure of the drift expanded the hole, I could see fat swelling into a breast. My figures are shaped from the perfectly dimensioned bar that comes from one of our most historically important industries.”

    Monica studied Industrial Arts at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California in 1987, and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Elementum Journal (UK), Fine Homebuilding Magazine (USA), HEPHAISTOS (Germany), The Anvil’s Ring (USA), and NOMMA (USA).

    Photo credits are in the PDF document -  TributariesMonicaCoyne.pdf

  • July 25, 2018 10:31 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    We are reaching out to CBA members to design a logo for the 2019 Conference. The logo will be used to create ads, posters and signage . A simple bold version of the design will be used to print T-shirts and possibly a touch mark.

    Here are some ideas and notes to about the conference that might be incorporated into the logo.

    - Conference theme "Fe on the Mountain

    - The conference will be held at the Nevada county fairgrounds in Grass Valley, Ca.

    - This is located on Highway 49 which snakes its way through California gold country.

    - The fairgrounds is notable for it's many tall Pines trees though out the fairgrounds.

    - We will have all the things to see and do that make CBA conferences the best


             --- Engaging demonstrators

             --- Fun contests

             ---Inspiring slideshows  

             --- Gallery of members work

             --- Education area with lots of forging stations

    - The main contest theme will be "Art in Motion"

    Entries must be received by Oct 1st 2018

    Winner will be selected by the committee in a blind judging (the committee won't know the artist of the entry)

    Prize for winning entry---- Family conference passes with all the trimmings plus $ 250.00 cash

    Bonus for illustrator vector drawings but a clear high-contrast image (jpg or.pdf file attachment) is all that's needed. A good scan or photo of a work on paper can work.

    Submit a crisp, clear high-contrast, high-resolution image ( jpg or .pdf file attachment0. To be suitable for publication it should be 5x8 to 8x8 inches and at least 200 dpi. A good scan or photo of a work on paper can work. Vector graphics ( Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape, etc.) are particularly encouraged.

    Send your attachment to Dan Perkins at:

  • March 21, 2018 9:51 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Make and Bring Your Windchime for the Windchime Contest

  • March 18, 2018 4:12 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Sign Up for Wearable Art Contest for 2018 Spring Conference -

    To see more information on  Wearable Art Contest check the Spring Conference 2018 event.

  • July 23, 2017 8:43 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced

    Taught by Joy Fire

  • June 07, 2017 11:41 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Want your blacksmithing skills to make a difference in the world? Want to help restore and preserve the historic architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Join us in training a skill-hungry and passionate metalworking community in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from February to March 8, 2018.

    More info

  • May 09, 2017 10:06 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Mark Kochan was elected President of CBA, replacing John McLellan.

  • December 12, 2016 11:02 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Video From Jerry Coe, Coe Studios, Berkeley

    I was privileged to be shown this old shop recently. The smith worked here from 1889-1955 then died and his family closed the shop. When I saw it no one had worked or really been inside in 61 years. It was like walking through a time tunnel. I wanted to identify the tools and their uses for the Historical Library. Credit for filming and editing should go to Rob Reiter of the Lightroom in Berkeley, CA.

    The Henry Haus Blacksmith Shop

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