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    • May 13, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • July 08, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Online live streaming via Zoom
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • July 15, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Online live streaming via Zoom
    • 0
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    LEVEL II SKILLS: COLLARING

    Hot-collaring is one of the core joinery skills in blacksmithing (the others are forge welding, riveting, and mortise and tenon joints).  Learn to forge and apply a well-fit collar that will actually hold your elements together!

    DATE:  July 15, 2021 (Thursday)

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

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

    EXPERIENCE LEVEL:  Open to all levels but geared to smiths growing solid intermediate skills (Level I graduate or equivalent).

    INSTRUCTOR: Beth Holmberg, CBA Level II Instructor, has been teaching blacksmithing for CBA since 2005. 

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

    PRICING:  $25/participant for CBA members
                    $40/participant for non-members

    REGISTRATION: Limited to 20 participants

    Register here (online)

    •  20 participants maximum
    •  Registration cutoff date is 13 July 2021
    •  Instructions for Zoom access to this meeting will be sent to all registrants.

    EVENT DESCRIPTION:


    A well-fit hot collar not only holds stuff together, it can be an elegant design feature of any multi-element forged piece- grilles, candelabra, railings, and more.  We’ll focus on forging good, plain collars with minimal tooling (including making a quick mandrel).  Then we’ll look at some tricks for successfully applying those collars to all the right places in the work.  

    Topic covered will also include stock selection (and errors to avoid), simple stock modifications, length calculations, coal fire management for collars, tricks for dry-fitting grille elements and using collars on the CBA Level II grille.  We may discuss some related joinery (wraps) and alternate collar application methods, too.

    Participants will be emailed handouts and a list of suggested tools.

    • 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)

    REGISTRATION: Here on the CBA website. Registration will open soon.

    Max 50 registrants.

    DEMONSTRATORS: 

             Beth Holmberg - “The Charms of Railroading”

             Two other workshops currently TBD

    CONTEST - TBD

    MASK MAKING COMPETITION

    COST:

    Full Event: $120 Early/$130 Late
    Single Day:  $80 Early/$100 Late
    Late Date is July 31

    MEALS: TBD

    ACCOMMODATIONS:

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

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

    Anna Bobisuthi, abobisuthi@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

    • April 21, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • April 24, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • Petaluma, CA

    SPRING CONFERENCE 2022

    IT'S TIME TO "COME TOGETHER" AT THE FIRST CBA SPRING CONFERENCE IN TWO YEARS. JOIN US IN PETALUMA.

    We have great demonstrators lined up:
    -- Monica Coyne
    -- Peter Braspennix
    -- Doug Pryor
    -- The Bushey Brothers Jesse and Aaron
    With a special guest from Italy.
    The CBA teaching Team - Lead by Mark Aspery with John Williams and Victoria Ritter
    And many more.
    Join us and LET'S CELEBRATE TOGETHER
    The conference activities start at 1 PM on Thursday, April 21, 2022, and wrap up Sunday Morning April 24, 2022.

    DATE: April 21- April 24, 2022

    LOCATION: Petaluma, CA

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Conference Fees
    Schedule And Site Map

    Getting There And Lodging
    Dedication
    Demonstrators
    Education / Hands On
    Contests

    ONLINE REGISTRATION: TBD

    MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: TBD

    CONTACT & GENERAL CHAIRMAN:  TBD

    SCHEDULE: TBD

    SITE MAP: TBD

    CONFERENCE FEES:

     Conference Fees  Before April ?, 2022
     After April ?, 2022
     Full Conference   $ TBD  $ TBD
     Single  Day  $ TBD  $ TBD
     Saturday Banquet Dinner Ticket  $ TBD  $ TBD
     
     




    MEAL PLANS:  TBD

    You will be able to choose the following meal plans during the registration process.


     Full Conference Plans (Include Sat Banquet)
     Total Price
     Full - Start Thursday
     $ TBD
     Full - Start Friday
     $ TBD
     Full - Start Saturday
     $ TBD





    No Breakfast Plans (Include Sat Banquet)
    Total Price
     No-Bfst - Start Thursday
     $ TBD
     No-Bfst - Start Friday  $ TBD
     No-Bfst - Start Saturday  $ TBD





    *All Meal Plans Include Saturday Banquet

     Saturday Banquet Only
     $ TBD

    GETTING THERE:   TBD

    LODGING OPTIONS:   TBD

    RV AND CAMPING RESERVATIONS: TBD

    DESCRIPTION TBD


    DEMONSTRATORS

    -- Monica Coyne
    -- Peter Braspennix
    -- Doug Pryor
    -- The Bushey Brothers Jesse and Aaron

    With a special guest from Italy.

    EDUCATION

    TBD

    Contests

    TBD





Past events

June 17, 2021 LEVEL II SKILLS: C- and S-Scrolls - CBA EVENT
May 20, 2021 Level II Skills: SCROLLING WRENCH AND TONGS - CBA EVENT
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

Appropriate eye protection is required and must be worn during all California Blacksmith Association sponsored workshops and demonstrations, be it as a demonstrator, helper, instructor, observer or participant. By registering or attending such events, you agree that you understand these requirements, that you will bring your personal eye protection to all such events , and that you will wear the eye protection as required.


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