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CBA Level II skills: Upsets and Joints - CBA event

  • September 16, 2021
  • Online live streaming via Zoom
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  • Thursday, Sept. 16th, 2021
  • Thursday, Sept. 16th, 2021

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CBA LEVEL II SKILLS: Upsets and Joints

We wrap up our first series of Level II webinars with the missing skills: upset square corners, mortise and tenon joints, and forging bottom (hardy) tools…(with more upsetting). 

DATE:  September 16, 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: Becky Schimpff and John Williams

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 14 Sept, 2021
  •  Instructions for Zoom access to this meeting will be sent to all registrants.


A Level II grille is required to have a frame made with upset square corners and mortise and tenon joints- core skills for any good smith.  Becky will cover both of these-

Upset square corners, with lovely radiused interiors, are both insanely sturdy and fantastic looking additions to your work.  Learn how to do it right: avoiding cracks, staying on your bend mark, and using quenching for greater upsetting efficiency.

Mortise and tenon joints are a versatile and attractive traditional method for joining two bars.  Tenons can be many shapes, but they all need nice square shoulders and careful work to draw a good tongue of the right dimension. 

John continues this upsetting event… teaching you how to forge bottom tools to use in your hardy hole!  Forming a hardy boss and a good shoulder on one chunk of metal does take a bit of hammering!  But, once you have the skills to do so (and to fix the shape as it’s upset), you can make anything from an anvil block (for forging scroll tongs and beveled scrolls) to a bottom swage to a hot-cut hardy.  You’ll even learn how to case harden mild steel, to make your bottom tool last longer and work better.

*Price includes an extra session of coaching with Becky and John, on Thursday, Oct. 21st!  Participants will receive an invitation to the coaching session about a week beforehand.  If you’d like to participate, you are encouraged to submit a photo or two of your progress before the coaching session.

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