Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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Radio Friday 1/19/18 FM 105.3


The Radio program on 105.3 about CDBA

Posted: Jan 19, 2018

Noah and Paul did a great job talking about blacksmithing and promoting our CDBA. I feel fantastic that we have members that can carry our group into the future. I'm not hanging up my hammer, but I now know we will continue. Thanks


CDBA on Radio Friday


Paul and Noah on 105.3 FM this Friday @ 6PM, (Jan 20)

Event Date: Jan 16, 2018

Paul Crosby and The CDBA will be joining Noah Khoury on WOOC 105.3 FM on The Hudson Mohawk Magazine radio show this Friday night from 6-7pm. Please tune in and help support the art of Blacksmithing!

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2018 Monthly Meeting Schedule


2018 Monthly Meeting Schedule

Event Date: Jan 28, 2018 12-4
Jim Moran


Pat's Forge
Mill Road, Albany, NY 12209
click here for directions

Posted in the shop is a sign up sheet for you to note when and if you would like to demonstrate some aspect of working with any type of metal. Keep in mind that the demo does not have to be long, it can cover any topic even remotely connected to Blacksmithing.

If you have never demonstrated before, we can help you organize what you want to do before you do it. We are all friends by now and no one needs to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. Few of us are public speakers. If you have an idea, let us know (Rob: 339-2058 or Elijah: 742-0343 or Jack 439-0232) and we can work with you towards developing a demo.


So far the 2018 calendar schedule looks like this:

January 28: Matt Brady, weekend blacksmith @ Hancock Shaker Village, will demonstrate how to make a 1 piece corkscrew. Don't miss this one!

February 25:

March 25:

April 29:

May 27:

June 24:

July 30:

August 26:

September 30:

October 28:

November 25:

December : ??


For any "Open" meeting: Remember, we still can have meetings w/o a demo but it is always more interesting when we do. The list will be posted at each meeting - so sign up(sheet is in the shop).

***Remember, unless otherwise specified, ALL MEETINGS are held at "Pat's Forge", generally on the last Sunday of the month. The forge is the City of Albany's Normanside/Stephen's farm located off Delaware Ave.and under the bridge to the parking lot and then walking up to the first yellow building on the left.


Jim's Great Adventure!


Jim's Demo on the Irish Snake

Event Date: Dec 5, 2017

Initially, we all had decided that because of the holidays we would not have a November or a December meeting. Jim, however, volunteered to host this early December 3rd meeting in lieu of the regular two last Sunday of the month meetings.

He also wanted to demonstrate how to make one of his famous Irish Snakes, which are made out of a large farrier's rasp. Jim came with several prepared individual rasp's showing the sequences/steps he does as he forms the snake, as well as the tools and jigs he uses. Once again, Jim entertained us with his skill...and his tale about St. Patrick and the reason there are no snakes in Ireland!

Paul posted the video he did of Jim on the Club's Facebook page. Don't miss it!

Also, as an aside, there was present at this meeting an owner of a race horse stable. She took pictures of the finished snakes and sent them to her farrier in Kentucky, who loved them! Jim's fame is now national!

The January meeting will be on the 28th. Demo to be decided and posted between now and then!

Have a terrific Hanukkah and Christmas!


September 24th meeting: Paul Crosby


Paul Crosby stepped up to the plate once again!!

Event Date: Sep 24, 2017

Due to unforeseen events, the originally scheduled demonstrator, Steve, had to cancel at the last minute. He will now be the October 29th Demonstrator. Paul Crosby quickly volunteered and happen to have with him a piece of steel which he often uses in making his custom knives. As in previous demos of Paul's, he did a masterful job of showing his approach to making a blade. As previously stated, many times, Paul is a gifted teacher who explains the why of each step and the flow of the process so that the novice to the seasoned bladesmith understands each and every step. Nice job, Paul

Paul also announced that he and a couple of other Club members have finally set up a Facebook page with links to many other BS sites and where Club/CDBA members may add APPROPRIATE comments or pictures. The site is "". From there you may also go directly to the CDBA website for Club news and meeting times, etc.