• May 10, 2016 8:24 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    On May 18th at 6pm eastern time at Blacksmither Academy
    Monica Coyne will cover dovetail joinery, the tooling, design ideas and how to avoid possible pitfalls. If you are interested in learning these techniques check these out.

  • May 09, 2016 10:36 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Mountain Forge and Arteclettica have collaborated on the first artwork in a sculptural series called, Individuality.  They applied to Reno Sculpture Fest to debut the piece and got accepted.  So cool!  The committee was so impressed by the work, that they invited Mountain Forge to do a demonstration of their craft at the event.  MF will be demo’ing Fri 6-8pm, Saturday 12-2pm and 4-6pm.  The sculpture will be on display with tons of other amazing works on Sunday 12-6pm, but MF will not be demo’ing that day unfortunately. 

  • April 25, 2016 5:45 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

    • Sword & Blade Demonstration
    • One-Heat Blacksmithing Competition
    • Team Striking
    • Forged Hook
    • Casting Demonstration

    Event information
  • April 18, 2016 5:41 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    CBA member Ben Abbott was shown last week on Forged In Fire, winning the bladesmithing competition.

    Here's a photo of Ben with one of his latest creations, a Damascus steel sword blade.

  • April 06, 2016 6:01 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA

    Touchstone is currently looking for high-caliber instructors to teach blacksmithing and/or other art/craft forms. For those interested in teaching, information on how to submit a proposal to be considered for the 2017 season can be found at

    The point of contact is Stefanie Glover, Operations Manager, 724/329-1370

  • March 28, 2016 8:24 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)


    OVERVIEW: E.A. Chase: Designs of a Pioneer Modernist showcases a rare collection of over 60 drawings by one of the most Significant American blacksmiths of the 20th and 21st Century. This collection or renderings includes designs for architectural elements, household furnishings and sculpture accompanied by photographs and insight from the artist.

    ARTISTS: E.A. Chase with an introduction written by Michael Bondi

    SPECIAL THANKS: Michael Bondi, Paul Boulay, and Joy and E.A. Chase

    LOCATION & HOURS: The Metal Museum (374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, Tennessee, 38106) is open Tuesday Saturday, 10AM 5PM & Sunday, 12PM 5PM

    ADMISSION: Adults: $6 | Seniors: $5 | Students: $4

    ABOUT THE METAL MUSEUM: The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork.

  • March 07, 2016 2:02 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Jessy Wilson will present his instructor story board and demonstrate the technique he uses for tool finishing.

    This is a great opportunity to show support for one of our CBA smiths and learn about his approach to annealing,
    hardening, tempering and finishing tool steel.

    9 till 11 this Saturday morning March 12th
    in the Coloma Blacksmith Shop.

  • March 06, 2016 12:57 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Jan. 30-31 at John McLellan’s shop.

    Well-organized and run by Mark Kochan.

    The two-day workshop resulted in 11 forges being
    built for individuals, and also 11 forges built for CBA
    education events - expect to see these in action at the
    CBA Spring Conference!

  • February 27, 2016 11:07 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Erin Simmons will be a contestant on The History Channel's Forged in Fire!

    Tune in on Tuesday, March 1st, to see Erin in action!

  • December 07, 2015 8:04 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Published by the editorial department of HEPHAISTOS, the international trade publication for metal designers, volume 18 of “MetalDesign International” once again illustrates how inexhaustible the possibilities of metal designers really are. From classic ironwork to modern architecture, from candle holder to bridge to garden pond, the diversity of the representatives is impressive. Illustrated in colour, the yearbook is enriched with informative texts on the biographies and works of the metal designers.

    Among them is Bernd King, a down-to-earth man of action who has mastered traditional as well as classic metal design techniques. The “Blacksmith of Wangen” who was influenced by Stefan Neutz, Glynn Snellgrove and Wilhelm Häderle, sees himself not so much as an artist but more as an artisan. Next to implementation, he considers dealing with customers his strength and views this as a challenge.

    Georg Reinking works in Italy. Upon discovering the beauty of iron, the German cabinetmaker jumped on his motorcycle and drove to Italy in order to work with Filippo Scioli – and found his calling. Today he works there in the region, honours the traditional forging techniques and applies them in contemporary metal design. Small series and unique, individually tailored pieces are created in his workshop.

    Josef “Sepp” Hermann works in larger categories. He lives in Vorarlberg/Austria – where a modern building culture has been established in addition to maintaining old architecture. Hermann – ornamental metalworker, farrier, furniture and interior designer – knows how to take this trend into account without denying his roots. Many new houses bear his signature with their stairs, entrances, balcony railings and even façades.

    Hans-Ueli Baumgartner’s grave markers can almost be called legendary. People from all cantons come to his home in Switzerland for them. His signature is clear, precise, contemporary – and quasi unmistakable. The large sculptures which have found their place in numerous exhibitions are in part fabricated in a forge under the direction of the experienced designer – who likes to push his limits.

    Tim Cisneros is familiar with the highs and lows of a long life as a blacksmith. Although he did not complete a classic apprenticeship, the former farrier learned design over the years from other blacksmiths, during his travels, from books, the web and through trial and error. Joseph Habermann and Massimilliano Bottero spent time with him as journeymen, and many important pieces were created through interaction with colleagues.

    Tobbe Malm born in Sweden and living in Norway became known to many as the organiser of the “Roses for Oslo” campaign. His works are based on experiences and encounters with people – they are intended to tell stories. There is a lot to tell since we was employed as a social worker before he discovered metalwork, making a name for himself in large part with his bolt sculptures.

    Stefan Duerst on the other hand headed for training as a blacksmith directly. He was educated in creativity even as a child and began his apprenticeship as a metal designer after graduating from secondary school. With the emigration to Canada, a dream came true for the “child of Munich” influenced by Herbert Elflein and Julia Mangold. He has his own blacksmith shop in Godfrey where the Ontario landscape inspires his creativity.

    Steven Carpenter, living and working in Norway, has a solid educational background – and not just as a blacksmith. He has studied graphic and ornamental design, art history and archaeology, and attended courses for special forging techniques. As an ambassador for his trade, he himself gives courses with up to four participants. He recently received an order from representatives of the Norwegian parliament.


    MetalDesign International 2016

    by Peter Elgaß (publisher), 232 pages, German/English, over 700 colour photos and sketches,

    hard cover, EUR 42.-, by subscription EUR 36.-, ISBN 978-3-95805-014-3.

    Available under order no. 411 from the HEPHAISTOS publishing company, Gnadenberger Weg 4, D-87509 Immenstadt-Werdenstein/Germany, Tel. +49 (0)8379/728016, Fax +49 (0)8379/728018, E-Mail:,

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