Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
Having Fun, Meeting People & Promoting the Art of Blacksmithing

Paying the Rent!


We need volunteers to sign up ASAP to demonstrate blacksmithing to Albany School students at our forge.

Event Date: Feb 27, 2018

Contact Jim to reserve a spot: 518-439-0232 or 518 301-1862. Email:


2018 Normanskill Farm School Program

Date Grade School # Kids Arrive/Depart Teacher
Friday, June 1 1 to 5 Doane Stuart 40 9:30/1:30 Darlene Gallagher
Monday, June 4 2nd Pine Hills 65 9:15/1:30 Angela Jones
Tuesday, June 5 3rd Eagle Point 44 9:00/1:30 Ann Paulson
Tuesday, June 5 3rd North Albany 40 9:00/1:30 Shannon Pinkowski
Wednesday, June 6 3rd TOAST 60 9:00/1:30 Sandy
Thursday, June 7 2nd Philip Schuyler 60 9:45/1:00 Latanya
Friday, June 8 2nd TOAST 60 9:00/1:30 Marie Sokoris
Monday, June 11 4th Giffen 70 10:00/1:30 Britt Foley
Tuesday, June 12 4th Eagle Point 40 9:00/1:00 Marni Meno
Wednesday, June 13 2nd Sheridan Prep 75 9:15/1:00 Lakisha Chalmers
Thursday, June 14 2nd North Albany 50 9:30/1:30 Fran LoGiudice
Friday, June 15 4th Sheridan Prep 60 9:30/12:00 Shelly Flood

Mike's Compound! Sunday's meeting


Wonderful time at Mike and Ashley Catalado's new shop.

Event Date: Feb 27, 2018

What a fantastic time. Mike can throw a party, and what a party it was. Ashley and her daughter kept bringing out the food - from cold cuts to hot dogs and hamburgers and so much more! What gracious and generous hosts Members, this was the exception, do not expect such treatment at Pat's forge!!

Mike's new 60"+ x 30'+ shop is a dream come true for Mike and Ashley. What a wonderful space. The overall property, shop, house, 5+ acres etc. will be a great place for the Cataldo family to grow (as we were told it is about to - congratulations!) and to produce many other neat and creative things.

The Skull bottle opener demo was interesting and beautifully done. Dave is a master and precise blacksmith - not a wasted hammer blow. Good teacher as well.

The anchor forging was incredible. Didn't expect it to be so large - believe the shaft was around 2 1/2" . Incredibly labor intensive and Steve and Co. worked on this for hours and did a beautiful job. See the cdblacksmith's Facebook page - Paul posted there a number of pictures and videos.


ABANA web site

Posted: Feb 9, 2018

I just found that we all can share the Anvils Ring and The Hammers Blow. Just go to the web site: ( then for the Ring enter) /back-issues-anvils-ring ( or) /hammers-blow

The CDBA is a member of ABANA


Feb.25 Off Site. See narrative


Feb. meeting at Mike Cataldo's NEW Aggressive Metalworks shop in Central Bridge

Event Date: Feb 25, 2018 12-4
Mike Cataldo


Aggressive Metalworks
11 Patricia Lane, Albany, NY 12203
click here for directions

Mike has moved his home shop from Colonie to Central Bridge and set up Aggressive Metalworks in new splender! Only problem, no more of his Mom's cookies! See the Facebook posting also.

The Address: 1485 Grovenors Corners Rd., Central Bridge, NY 12035. You would be wise to Google the address. There are many ways to get there: I88 south to rte 30a or rte. 20 to 30a at Sloansville to Grovenrs, etc.

Mike has plans for a team to forge a "large" boat anchor -probably one big enough for the Mayflower! And a special guest smithy, Dave Kurdyle will forge a skull, something most of the members have been clamoring for over the years, or was that just Mike!! Anyway, should be a terrific time with lots to learn as was so at every event Mike held at his Colonie digs. Just wish his soul mate would take Mom's place and bake up a batch - for old times sake!!!



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: Off site in Central Bridge at Cataldo's new shop: 1485 Grovenors Corners Rd.

March 25: Lee Harvey making a bell

April 29: Noah will surprise us

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.