SPRING CONFERENCE 2023 - CBA Event

  • April 13, 2023
  • April 15, 2023
  • Vista, CA

SPRING CONFERENCE 2023

DATE: April 13-15, 2023

LOCATION:

VISTA FORGE
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Vista, CA

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Conference Fees
Schedule And Site Map

Getting There And Lodging
Demonstrators
Education / Hands On
Competitions / Contest

ONLINE REGISTRATION: 

MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: Registration Form 

CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION VIDEO:

 

The 2023 Spring Conference will host a great series of guest demonstrators, hands-on education activities, and fun contests and games for all skill levels, not to mention great food! The 2024 conference committee will host an epic family-style barbecue as well! Plan your trip now and check back often for updates and registration.

  • Hands-on Education
  • Special Bladesmithing Area
  • Youth Education Area
  • Contests & Games
  • Gallery
  • Banquet and Auction
  • Vendors and Tailgating
  • On-site Meals
  • On-site Camping

CONTACT & CO-CHAIRS: 

Dave Carroll - event chairman
Chris Branuelas - publicity and planning

Inquiries about the 2023 Conference:  cbaspringconference23@gmail.com
Inquiries about the Railroad Spike Challenge: 
RRSpikeChallenge@gmail.com

SCHEDULE:  Details to be provided soon. 

SITE MAP: TBD

CONFERENCE FEES: 

Conference Fees Per-Person  On/Before
March 19 
After
March 19 
 Full Conference (Thursday - Saturday)      $225     $250
 Single Day      $120     $140

*Non-participating family or friends may attend other open museum areas for $10 daily admission

Meals  On/Before
March 19
 
After 
March 19
 All Meals (Thursday Breakfast to Saturday Banquet), VEGETARIAN option available      $120   $140
 Saturday Banquet Only, VEGETARIAN option available       $30    $30


NO RISK REFUND POLICY - A full refund of conference and meal fees shall be provided if a member cancels at any time prior to the conference starting date. 

GETTING THERE:  

The conference will be held at the Vista Forge, located on the 55-acre Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California in northern San Diego County. The site has ample room for multiple blacksmithing events and education areas as well as on-site food and camping. Admission includes access to the museum's other areas as well, including a weavers and textile barn and cottage, a clock museum, a working sawmill, grain mill, antique steam and gas engines of all sizes, a clock museum, model railroad exhibit, and a working small track railroad. It is also an easy driving distance to a number of popular attractions like Disneyland, Legoland, Knotts Berry Farms, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Parks. There are many food options off-site and North San Diego is well known for its many breweries and wineries. 

By Air, the San Diego International Airport and John Wayne Orange County Airports are the closest.

LODGING OPTIONS:

There are many hotels and motels within a short driving distance of the Conference site. One we recommend is Courtyard by Marriott 855-516-1093 at 3501 Seagate Way in Oceanside, CA 92056.

There is plenty of low-cost dry camping on-site as follows:

Lodging Options
 Wed Evening to
Sun Morning
Tent camping for the conference  $45 total
RV Dry Camping (Dump station available)  $60 total


DEMONSTRATORS

GUEST DEMONSTRATORS

Jake James

 
Flavio Ortiz

 
Leah Aripotch


Ellen Durkan

 
Jay Burnham-Kidwell


David Roeder



HANDS-ON EDUCATION

There will be a number of hands-one education opportunities for all skill levels and plenty of open forge time. 

EDUCATION HOSTS:

Mark Aspery

Victoria Ritter

Evan Pintzuk

COMPETITIONS

Details to be provided soon.

CONTEST

Details to be provided soon.

RAILROAD SPIKE CHALLENGE:

The Railroad Spike Challenge lets blacksmiths forge a single common railroad spikes into something new. What can you craft from a spike? Something Functional? Artistic? Inspiring? This is your chance to exercise your creativity and have your work exhibited at the 2023 CBA Spring Conference.

The conference will also feature a number of fun and challenging competitions and games for all skill levels.

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