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  • 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: hephaistos@metall-aktiv.de, www.metall-aktiv.de

  • November 22, 2015 6:43 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    CBA’s Daniel Hopper was honored with the cover position and an extensive article in the Dec-Jan edition of American Craft magazine.

    Note the octopus chandelier that also was in thePeople’s Choice selections at the CBA Spring Conference.

    Way to go, Dan!

    Cover image reprinted with permission of American Craft Magazine

  • July 28, 2015 8:31 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Toby Hickman Memorial Bench

    Sculpture Installed June 27, 2015

    Westport, Ca


  • June 02, 2015 8:01 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)


    Help us find a missing coal forge - color black.  About 32" by 25". No blower, but a removable tool rack on the right side.

    This forge was loaned to CBA by the Murphys group, and needs to be returned to its owner.

    If you have any information about it's whereabouts, contact Tim Mann at tsmann@caltel.com

  • June 01, 2015 10:59 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Level 1

    • Mike Allen
    • Loren Arnold
    • Angelo Brusatory
    • Sharon Dodge
    • Christina Giasson
    • Robert Hart
    • Larry Imel
    • Joshua Mead
    • Victoria Ritter
    • Greg Santa Ana
    • Jeff Smith
    • Paul Weech
    • Justin Wilson

    Level 2

    • Sharon Dodge
    • Robert Myers

    Level 3

    • Ben Abbott
    • Dave Morice

    Instructor

    • Jake Jacobs
    • Ken Rose




  • May 31, 2015 7:02 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Each summer the Aha Moment Tour travels to U.S. cities uncovering and capturing local 'aha moments' of inspiration in our 34" Airstream converted into a mobile television studio. Recently, on our tour stop in Jackson, MS, we met a local blacksmith named Lyle and learned more about his aha moment. This video captures the true art of a blacksmith. We wanted to reach out and share, as we think it'd be an inspiration to the California Blacksmith's Association!

  • April 19, 2015 6:14 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    The Crucible is a non-profit educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Indusry and Community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public.

    Qualifications:

    The Crucible seeks candidates with a minimum of five years of experience producing work projects in their area of expertise, a minimum of two years teaching experience, and the capacity to create an inspiring environment in the classroom. Candidates with significant professional experience are welcome to apply and will also be considered. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, curriculum design and development, and collaboration.

    We are also seeking Teacher Assistants with good foundation in blacksmithing techniques to assist instructors who are looking to develop their skills to step into a instructor position. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to learning and collaboration.

    Responsibilities:

    Responsibilities include teaching fine and industrial arts in an artistically diverse environment, as well as participating in departmental and administrative matters. Develop and maintain area procedures and standards. Work with Program Directors to support The Crucible’s behavior policies and adherence to The Crucible studio safety rules.  Organize materials and supplies before and after classes and workshops. Collaborate with Head of Area to order materials as needed.

    Curriculum:

    We are in great need for instructors for our Blacksmithing I class, listed below. It focuses on foundational skills, (other class offerings our also excepted).  We are looking for help filling our already scheduled class offerings of 5, 15-hour Blacksmithing classes that we offer 4 times a year.

     

    Blacksmithing I

    This basic blacksmithing class teaches fundamental skills needed to forge steel and understand blacksmithing tools. We’ll introduce tapering, upsetting, flattening, dishing, and bending of hot steel. Students will make small projects, such as spoons, knives, forks and hooks.

     

    To apply:

    E-mail a letter of interest, current CV, examples of creative work (portfolio or URL), and the names of three references to: teaching@thecrucible.org

    Please supply your information in a pdf or .doc format.

    No faxes or calls please!


  • November 02, 2014 9:18 PM | Julia Stepro (Administrator)

    Level 1

    Nick Allen                             
    Frank Golding
    Caleb Thomas
    Dan Henderson
    Warren Harrell
    Robert Meyer
    James Paterson

    Level 2

    David Paterson
    Dick Kersh

    Level 3

    Mark Kochan

    Instructor

    Dick Kersh
    Mark Kochan
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