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SPRING CONFERENCE 2024 - CBA Event

  • April 18, 2024
  • April 20, 2024
  • Placerville, CA

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SPRING CONFERENCE 2024 

DATE:  
Start: April 18, 2024
End: April 20, 2024

LOCATION: 

El Dorado County Fairgrounds,
100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Conference Fees
Schedule And Site Map

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

ONLINE REGISTRATION: 

Registration is open now. Online registration is open until April 15. After that date, participants may register in person at the event. Limited Banquet tickets may be available for walk-in registrations.

Early Bird Registration through March 29, 2024

  • CBA MEMBER - Full Conference – $240.00
  • NON MEMBER - Full Conference – $270.00
  • CBA MEMBER - Single Day (any day) – $130.00
  • NON MEMBER - Single Day (any day) – $160.00

Online Late Registration March 30, 2024 - April 15, then you may register in person at the event.

  • CBA MEMBER - Full Conference – $265.00
  • NON MEMBER - Full Conference – $295.00
  • CBA MEMBER - Single Day (any day) – $150.00
  • NON MEMBER - Single Day (any day) – $180.00

MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: Coming soon.

SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET: $30/pp Early Bird, $35/pp (after March 30, 2024)

Please notate when you register if you require a Vegan/Vegetarian option. Contact one of the Conference chairs if you have other dietary needs we might be able to accommodate.

CONTACT & CO-CHAIRS: 

Greg Hudgins - tools@calsmith.org

Linda Mangum - events@calsmith.org

SCHEDULE AND SITE MAP: Coming soon.

CONFERENCE FEES: 

Conference Fees Per-Person  Now -
March 29 
March 30 -
April 15
 Full Conference - Members**      $240     $265
Full Conference - Non-members*      $270     $295
     
Single Day - Members**  $130  $150
Single Day - Non-members* $160 $180
     
Non-participating family members are FREE. No cost No cost
     

Saturday Banquet Dinner Ticket (per person)

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN OPTION?

$30

Y/N

$35

Y/N

     
Tailgating?? (limited spaces) Spots available with paid registration Spots available with paid registration

* Non-member rates include a conference duration only CBA membership. Please consider upgrading to a full year member for only $35 more. Please complete the membership transaction prior to registering for the conference, then register for the conference.

** If more than 2 additional participants are registered  please contact the CBA Secretary, Michael Suwczinsky (secretary@calsmith.org )

** A non-participating chaperone with a minor participant (8 and older) is free with a fully paid registration for the minor. Chaperone can be registered at the Registration Table at the conference. Children under 8 are free when accompanied by a fully registered adult.

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:  

El Dorado County Fair and Event Center is located at 100 Placerville Dr and located right off Hwy 50 in the town of Placerville, CA. Take the Forni Road exit (44b) onto Placerville Dr and turn right onto Armory Dr to access the parking lots and event.

Nearest major airport is about 1 hour away at Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

LODGING OPTIONS:

On-site:

Tent camping and limited RV spots with electrical/water hook-ups and RV dry camping spots available. Contact the Fairgrounds directly to make your reservation after you have registered for the conference. Office: 530-621-5860 https://eldoradocountyfair.org/rvinfo.html

  • Tent camping on the main lawn: $25/per tent/per night
  • Car camping: $25 per night
  • RV Camping (Dry): $55/per night
  • RV Camping (limited spots. w/hook-up water/electric): $55/per night
    (dump station available for extra fee)

Restroom and Showers available on-site for attendees.

Off-site:

Best Western Plus Placerville Inn (5 minutes away)
10% discount for CBA members.

Historic Cary House Hotel (5 minutes away)

Glen Morey Country House (7 minutes away)

Placerville RV Resort (12 minutes away)

Plus a variety of additional campgrounds, B&Bs, AirBnBs, VRBOs available in the area. Book early!



DEMONSTRATORS

GUEST DEMONSTRATORS

Christine Habermann von Hoch (Czech Republic)
https://habermannvonhoch.com/

Michael Budd (Ireland)
https://michaelbudd.ie/

Kelly Vermeer Vella (Oakdale, CA)
https://www.instagram.com/kellyvermeervella.knives/

Logan Hirsh (Cave Junction, OR)
https://www.instagram.com/logan_hirsh/?hl=en


Michael Quesenberry (Graeagle, CA)
https://quesenberryknives.com/



HANDS-ON EDUCATION

HANDS-ON EDUCATION TEAM led by Victoria Ritter Nenneman and Mark Aspery, featuring special workshops for youth and new smiths:

  • John Williams/Angelo Brusatory: Power Hammer Basics (TH, F, S) PRE-REGISTER with additional fee. See below.
  • Becky Schimpff: Curriculum Square Corners (TH), S Scrolls (F); Gate Latch (S)
  • Jake Trogdon: Forge welding (TH); Tomahawk (F); Gate Latch (S)
  • Steve Taylor: Beginner Smiths (F); Young Smiths (S)
  • Genevieve Gurall: Heat Treat Lecture (Th), Hand Tooling/Heat Treat (F); Heat Treat Lab (S)
  • Paul Westfall: Beginner Smiths (TH, F)
  • Mark Aspery: Bottle Opener (TH); Hand Tooling/Heat Treat (F); Heat Treat Lab & Staghorn Hinge (S)
  • Victoria Ritter: Curriculum - Scrolling (TH, F)
  • Bob Menard: Beginner Smiths (TH)

Power Hammer Workshop

A Power Hammer workshop will be offered 3 times during the Spring Conference.  If you are interested in signing up for this special workshop, please sign up after completing your Spring conference registration. Use one of the links below for session of your choice. 

The workshop will consist of 4 hours with John Williams and Angelo Brusatory with instruction on power hammer safety, use and basic power hammer use.  

Thursday 1-5 pm  "Click HERE to register"

Friday 1-5 PM  "Click HERE to register"

Saturday 1-5 PM  "Click HERE to register"

8 people per session      $40 per person


GALLERY SHOWCASE AND FRIDAY NIGHT BBQ POTLUCK

FOOD TRUCKS -- We will have food trucks on site serving breakfast and lunch to be sure you don't have to forge on an empty stomach.

LECTURES on Friday night with lead demonstrators

SATURDAY BANQUET

  • Live Auction
  • Silent Auction
  • Iron in the Hat


COMPETITIONS

Major Contest: On Saturday, team up with Paul Boulay and Victoria Patti to “MAKE SOME NOISE”. Teams will create a musical instrument or noise making thing. Prizes for “most musical”, “most obnoxious noise”, and “most blacksmithy”. Details to follow later. If you have musical instrument components to share, bring them to Winter Bash or contact Paul Boulay.

Small Contests/Competitions: Thursday and Friday night for smiths of all levels


TAILGATING: Limited spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Indicate in the comments when you register or contact Michael Suwczinsky (secretary@calsmith.org) to secure your spot.



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