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  • September 29, 2023
  • October 01, 2023
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  • Octoberfest, Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2023
  • Octoberfest, Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2023
  • Octoberfest, Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2023
  • Octoberfest, Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2023

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Octoberfest 2023 is on! 
Join Us for the 42
nd year of the one and only ….

Fritz’s Octoberfest

Join us for a beautiful weekend of camping and blacksmithing on the Sonoma coast.

Featured demonstrator Andrew Kyte
Teaching tent - Logan Hirsch and Maegan Crowley

DATE: Sept 29 - October 1, 2023 

LOCATION: Fritz Hagist’s Ranch
34895 Kruse Ranch Road, Cazadero, California

Shop 707/847-3362, Home 707/847-3935

MAP: octoberfest2023_map.pdf

CONTACT: Michael Suwczinsky,

REGISTRATION: Online or by mail 


Mail. Make check payable to CBA.
CBA Secretary Michael Suwczinsky
5505 Santa Cruz Ave, Richmond, CA 94804

You must be a CBA member to attend. Conference limited to the first TBD registrants.   SIGN UP EARLY or risk missing out!


Tickets before Sept 15th     

         CBA Members                       $220
         Additional Family Members    $130

Tickets after Sept 15th     

         CBA Members                       $250
         Additional Family Members    $160

* Due to capacity limits and cost increases for food, etc, the Octoberfest price has gone up since the last event (as all things have.)  Keeping in mind that this is "room & board" for 3 days -  we feel this is fair and realistic, and we hope you feel the same.

SET UP:  Arrive on Friday. Site Opens Friday. Arrive before dark – difficult to find in the dark/fog

AUCTION & IRON IN THE HAT RAFFLE: Please bring items of value for these fun fundraisers. 

MEALS: Friday lunch through Sunday lunch. State the number of children attending on your registration form. 

PROGRAM: Friday dinner and evening slide show presentation. Friday night open forges till.... Gallery, tailgating, demos go all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Open forging BETWEEN workshops. Saturday evening auction and Iron In The Hat.

COURTESY & SAFETY. ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS ALLOWED. DRIVE SLOWLY once you get off SR 1. This event has a big impact on this rural neighborhood which extends for several miles. PLEASE be courteous, especially when driving through Plantation Camp on Kruse Ranch Road. Keep road dust to a minimum, and watch for animals and people. CHILDREN MUST BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES. HIGH GRASS FIRE DANGER. Be cautious. Bring safety glasses and hand tools. This is a CO-OP event. Everyone makes it happen, so plan to participate. 

LODGING: Camping is available on site for tents and small RVs (but no hook-ups). Hot showers are available. Prepare for all weather – hot, cold, fog, rain, sun.

These hotels are fairly close along Hwy 1.

Fort Ross Lodge, 707 847 3333
Timber Cove Inn,  707 847 3231
Salt Point Lodge,  707 847 3234
ABOVE all in Timbercove, near Fritz's shop
Gualala Country Inn 707 884 4343 (Gualala)
Surf Inn  707 884 3571 (Gualala)

ROADS TO OKTOBERFEST: Head for Plantation. From Hwy 101 take River Road/Guerneville exit in Santa Rosa. Follow the signs to Guerneville and Jenner (Hwy 116). At Hwy 1 head north to Meyers Grade (RECOMMENDED IF YOU HAVE A BIG RIG OR TRAILER). At about 5 miles, Meyers Grade merges into Seaview Road. Fourteen miles later, turn left on Kruse Ranch Road. Follow the anvil signs one- anda-half miles to Fritz’s driveway on the right. 


Demonstrator: ANDREW KYTE - Anne Arbor, MI

Andrew Kyte is a blacksmith and designer working in steel, stainless steel and bronze. He honed his craft and design aesthetic through more than a decade of travel working with internationally recognized master craftsmen in the U.S. and Europe.

He has executed pieces for the National Cathedral and Catholic University in Washington D.C. as well as for a number of private residences across the country.

In 2013 Andrew opened the doors of Kyte Metalwerks in his home town, Ann Arbor, Michigan. His studio designs and creates contemporary architectural metalwork as well as public art combining traditional forging techniques and modern fabrication methods.

Andrew was a demonstrator at the CBA 2019 Spring Conference.




Iron Maegan Metalworks: Creating sculpture and custom interior/exterior architectural ironwork for residential, public and commercial sites. Design, concept development, drawings, fabrication, production, and installation of site specific metalwork.


LOGAN HIRSH - Cave Junction OR

While I think it’s important for smiths to be familiar with traditional practices, I think it is also important to keep a personal style active in every creation. This helps develop a Smith with a style versus a Smith being known for a process.

This in turn keeps the Smith and the blacksmithing community contemporary, providing a secure foundation for every educational experience. Get ready for a weekend of hard work! 

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