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  • July 15, 2021
  • Online live streaming via Zoom
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  • July 15th, 2021
  • July 15th, 2021

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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  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.


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.

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