Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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March 2014 Meetup

 

How to Temper and Harden Steel

Mar 30, 2014 12pm-4pm
Giles Bullock

LOCATION

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

Mark your calendars for our next meeting is at Pat’s Forge at Normanskill Farm in Albany on Sunday, March 30 from 12-4+-. Gil Bullock will be demonstrating how to temper and harden steel – something Gil knows quite a bit about. This will be followed up with the usual green coal opportunity for new members and neophytes to try their hands at forging iron. Keep in mind; these folks get first dibs on the green coal session! See you on the 30th.

 

Meetup Write-up

 

Write Up of the ​February 23, 2014 CDBA Meeting by Jack Connell

Feb 28, 2014

Once again Mike Cataldo stepped up to the plate and held this month’s meeting at his home shop . We had a good turnout of over 20 people, including one relative neophyte all the way from Oneonta!

Mike started off the meeting with a short informational talk about the August ABANA conference he will be attending. There will be lots of tail-gating and retail sales of blacksmithing goodies and Mike offered to take orders for whatever you need. He will text pictures of what he would buy for you so that you have a chance to approve or not. This discussion was proceeded by a few words from Rand Condell, the Board President at the Adirondack Folk School in Lucerne. Rand shared with us information and printed material on the variety of really fantastic courses offered at the school besides all of the Blacksmithing courses taught by the likes of John Acker, Jonathan Nedbor, Mark Aspery and Joseph Szilaski , etc.

The theme of today’s demo was making animal heads. Mike, as is his usual fashion, explained what he was about to do, why he was doing it that way and what the goal was. He is a terrific teacher. He started off with 2 pieces of ½” stock about 30” long. His plan was to simultaneously make two figures, one of which would have a long tongue, not an easy thing to do if the whole head is one piece! The first character Mike was hammering out had horns – also not easy. Turns out that the tongue belonged to a very a very interesting dragon head which Mike demonstrated and explained his steps from the first blow to the last stroke. The horned figure was a devil figure. Both figures were done well and all of the steps were clearly and patiently explained and shown by Mike.

Of Course, during, before and after, all 20 participants got a chance to catch up on each other’s gossip and consequently with all that was going on one and all had a wonderful experience thanks to the hospitality of Mike and, not to be left out, Rachel who brought the coffee and Mike’s mother, who came out with some great cookies and brownies, unfortunately after most of us had already left! However, some of the remaining few got to eat the share of those departed.

Mark your calendars for our next meeting is at Pat’s Forge at Normanskill Farm in Albany on Sunday, March 30 from 12-4+-. Gil Bullock will be demonstrating how to temper and harden steel – something Gil knows quite a bit about. This will be followed up with the usual green coal opportunity for new members and neophytes to try their hands at forging iron. Keep in mind; these folks get first dibs on the green coal session! See you on the 30th.

 

February 2014 Meetup

 

Monster Heads from 1" Square Stock

Feb 23, 2014 12pm-4pm
Mike Cataldo

LOCATION

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

This month Mike Cataldo will be demonstrating how to make Monster Heads from 1" square stock at his shop, Aggressive Metalworks in Albany. Click the link above for driving directions.

We hope to see you there!

 

forge burner

 

looking for people interested in a propane forge burner

Feb 5, 2014

I have recently acquired plans for building a very nice and simple naturally aspirated propane forge burner. I will be making at least one for myself. if there is anyone interested, I can make more. I'm not looking for any commitments, I just need to know if anyone might be interested. Please let me know, my email is phc2112@yahoo.com. I can come up with cost and configuration etc. let me know…

Paul Crosby

 

January 2013 Meetup

 

Bottle Openers

Jan 26, 2014 12pm-4pm
Jim Moran

LOCATION

Pat's Forge
Mill Road, Albany, NY 12209
click here for directions
 
Happy New Year!

For this meetup we will be making bottle openers. If you've made one already, please bring your design and show us how you made it. Jim Moran will start off with a few easy ones, just to get the show started. If you want to bring a few (non-alcoholic) bottles to open, that would aid the demonstration!

We hope for good weather, but it could be a little cold in the shop so as always, dress appropriately and remember, no synthetic fabrics - only cotton or other natural fabrics near the forge!

We would like to set up a demonstration schedule for the rest of the year. PLEASE give us any ideas you have or items/techniques you would like demonstrated to help us create some great meetups for this year!
 

December 2013 Meetup

 

Open Forge Christmas Presents!

Dec 29, 2013 12pm-4pm
Irene Purificato

LOCATION

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

Irene Purificato will be helping you create some one-of-a-kind Christmas presents for your friends and family. It'll be an open forge event where you bring your idea for a Christmas present which you can forge within 15 min. Irene will talk to you about your idea and help you bring it to life!

Remember, the forge is a bit drafty so make sure you dress appropriately.

We hope to see you there!

 

Coil Spring

 

Materials- tool steel

Nov 28, 2013

I left a large coil spring at Pat's Forge & anyone that would like a piece should help themselves. The coil spring is about four feet long and about 3/8's thick and is great material for fire strikers & all sorts of punches, chisels or tooling. Happy Thanksg

 

November 2013 Meetup

 

Folding and Shaping Copper by Lee Harvey

Nov 24, 2013 12pm-4pm
Jim Moran

LOCATION

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

Lee Harvey will demonstrate how to Fold and Shape Copper at this Holiday event. I don't know what he's going to make for us but you are going to want to be there!

 

October 2013 Meetup

 

Forging Candle Holders with Jim Moran

Oct 27, 2013 12pm-4pm
Jim Moran

LOCATION

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

This month Jim Moran will be demonstrating how to forge a candle holder. Jim has many designs available but he encourages you to come up with one of your own and there will be a friendly competition!

 

Canal Street Station Fall Festival

 

Canal Street Station Village Eighth Annual Fall Festival

Sep 28, 2013 10:30-5:00
Steve Gurzler

LOCATION

Canal Street Station Market Co. & Railroad Village
2100 Western Turnpike, Duanesburg, NY 12056
click here for directions
 

Our annual Fall Festival, on Saturday Sept. 28 10:30 - 5:00 and Sunday Sept. 29 10:30 - 4:00 will include blacksmithing, tinsmithing, early gas engine show, cider pressing, farmers' market, antique car and hot rod show. There will be a chicken BBQ by Barbeque Delights. Old time music on Sunday afternoon by the Loosely Wound String Band. Free admission. Canal Street Station is located at 2100 Western Turnpike, 3 miles east of Duanesburg, next to Joseph J. Merli Mfg. Co. "Just look for the New York Central locomotive". For information call 355-6536

 

September 2013 Meetup

 

Forging Gates and Hinges

Sep 22, 2013 12pm-4pm
Mike Cataldo

LOCATION

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

NOTE: The date for this has been moved up a weekend.

Mike Cataldo is going to show us how to forge gates and hinges.
 

August Demo Recap

 

Making Norfolk latches with Michael McCarthy by Paul Crosby

Aug 30, 2013 12:30-4pm

This months demo was done by Michael McCarthy from Mohawk Valley Forge. Michael showed how to make door pulls and latches, touched a bit on hammer control, and hammering styles. His teaching style was easy to understand, and he took the time to thoroughly explain each step, and demonstrated the process. I certainly learned a lot, and enjoied spending time with a seasoned blacksmith like Michael McCarthy.

I'm not much of a videographer, but here is some of the video footage from today. If you would like to see more, or have your own copy. please feel free to drop me an email PHC2112@YAHOO.COM.

Paul Crosby


 

August 2013 Meetup

 

Forging Norfolk and Suffolk Latches

Aug 25, 2013 12pm-4pm
Michael McCarthy

LOCATION

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

Michael McCarthy will demonstrate how to forge Norfolk and Suffolk latches.

This should be a great meetup and the weather couldn't be more perfect!

We hope to see you there!

 

July Meeting

 

Weather Vane

Jul 28, 2013 12 to 4 PM
Jim Moran

LOCATION

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

I will demo a simple method for mounting a weather vane. It would be great if people would come in with a design or two. We can discuss the mechanics from looking a the design. A sheet metal or cardboard is fine.

This will be a short demo ,therefore it would help if someone would request something. Jim

 

June 2013 Meetup

 

How to Forge a Knife

Jun 30, 2013 12pm-4pm
Charles Flanagan

LOCATION

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

The June meetup is just around the corner (this Sunday, June 30th) and it's going to be a great one! The weather is supposed to be about 75º and lightly raining, a perfect time to be in the forge!

Charles Flanagan is going to be demoing how to forge a knife at Pat's Forge.
Sunday, June 30th, 12-4pm
Pat’s Forge - Normanskill Farm, Mill Road, Albany, NY 12203
click here for directions

Looking Back...

Saturday June 8th 2013
Hammer making with Nathan Robertson
(submitted by Paul Crosby)

The day started with 10 or so selecting our hammer blanks, and firing up the gas forges. After a brief lesson we were drilling and hot punching our stock. Everyone was helping each other, striking, or holding a flatter, or simply watching the forge for stock ready to be pulled. Doug Delury and Mike Emig were very helpful. Their heavy hitting skills as tandem strikers made shaping our hammers a bit easier. Nathan was fun to work with and full of great ideas, and helpful hints. I especially enjoyed the hardening and heat tempering process. After hardening, and before the final heat treat, we did some clean up and final shaping on Nathan’s Bader belt sanders (very impressive machines). After the tempering and cooling, we picked out our handles. It was a long day, but everyone left with a hammer, and a good experience. I definitely look forward to future opportunities to work with Nathan the next time he’s in town.

PLEASE NOTE: Someone who attended this class left a sledge hammer and a pair of tongs. Both had orange paint on them and the tongs had ISH stamped into the side of them. Please pick them up or email us (when our website is back up).

 

Anvil for Sale

 
Jun 28, 2013
The seller is not affiliated with the CDBA - please do not contact us in regard to this posting.

I stumbled upon this Craigslist ad for an Anvil up in Bangor, Maine. I know it's a bit of a distance but good quality anvils don't come available very often, I figured I would post it anyway.

$375 - 156 lb Peter Wright Anvil
http://maine.craigslist.org/atq/3896535068.html
 

Future Meetups Schedule

 
Jun 28, 2013

Several club members have suggested that we put out a schedule of meeting dates and topics highlighted for each meeting. Eileen came up with this schedule, which is a great start. We can change or expand on the topics depending on interest, etc. Any suggestions, let Jim know (518-439-5439). The tentative schedule, subject to modification, will be:

  • June 30 - Knife making by Charles Flanagan
  • July 28 - Forging a weathervane: We need a volunteer to do it! Or, Jim will try.
  • August 25 - Forging Norfolk and Suffolk latches by Mike McCarthy (Mohawk Valley Forge)
  • September 29 - Forging gates and hinges by Mike Cataldo (Aggressive Metalworks)
  • October 27 - Forging candle holders by Jim Moran. Everyone should bring an example of their own candle holder fabrication for a friendly competition.
  • November 24 - Open forge: bring your idea for a Christmas present which you can forge within 15 min.
  • December 29 - Folding and shaping copper by Lee Harvey

Any suggestions for next year , let Jim know.

 

May 2013 Meetup

 

Hammer Control

May 19, 2013 12pm-4pm
Steve Wayne

LOCATION

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

Normanskill Farm School Program 2013

To sign up, call Jim Moran at (518) 439-5439. Training aids and help can be provided.
School Program Schedule

Fort Klock Hammer-In


Fifth Annual Fort Klock Hammer-in
“A Blacksmiths’ Gathering”
June 8th and 9th, 2013 - Smithing 9 to 5PM

Come one and all to the fifth annual Fort Klock Open Hammer-in! This blacksmithing event will be held in the 1811 smithy on the grounds of Historic Fort Klock in St. Johnsville, NY on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of June. Come for the day or the weekend!

We’ll have two forges fired up for demonstrations and instruction. If you have a portable forge there is PLENTY of space for you to bring yours and you’re encouraged and welcome to do so! Those wishing to demonstrate or teach please let Steve know ASAP. We are currently seeking skilled demonstrators.

We plan a Pot-Luck Lunch, and we’ll be grilling some sausages.

If you've never tried your hand at blacksmithing but always wanted to do so now is your chance! Make a tool and bring it home with you.

The Fort's colonial buildings will be open for public tours this weekend.

There are open fields for camping with plenty of space for tentage. Folks wishing to camp, or set up on the evening of Friday the 7th are more than welcome to do so, please inform the event co-coordinator Steve Gurzler if you intend to do so.

There is no fee however any and all donations to the Fort would be GREATLY appreciated; there is much to be done here at the Fort including restoration of an 1896 bellows.

Reenactors and musicians welcome.

Event Coordinator
Steve Gurzler
518 877 7148
stevegurzler@nycap.rr.com

Fort Klock Historic Restoration
7214 New York Route 5, Saint Johnsville, NY 13452
(518) 568-7779
www.Fortklockrestoration.org
fortklock@gmail.com

Coal

Each bag varies in quantity, is individually priced and runs anywhere from $10 to $30 per bag - cash only!
 

April 2013 Meetup

 

How to Make Tongs

Apr 28, 2013 12pm-4pm
Jim Moran

LOCATION

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

Topic

Jim Moran will be demonstrating how to make a pair of tongs.

As always, safety glasses required, cotton only clothing and closed-toed shoes.

Coal

Each bag varies in quantity, is individually priced and runs anywhere from $10 to $30 per bag - cash only!
 

March 2013 Meetup

 

Chain Making

Mar 24, 2013 12pm-4pm
Mike Cataldo

LOCATION

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

Topic

Mike Cataldo will be demonstrating how to forge a chain.

As always, safety glasses required, cotton only clothing and closed-toed shoes.

Heat

We have some heat but have not been able to come up with a heating system that can warm the forge to a normal interior temperature so please dress appropriate to the weather.

For Sale

We have a few items for sale - I will try to get more information and post it on the website:
  • A 400 lb anvil - there is a flyer at the Pat's Forge, with more details
  • A rivet forge - is currently at Pat's Forge
  • A 171 lb partially damaged anvil - good starter anvil

Coal

We ran out of coal but should have more before the meeting.
Each bag varies in quantity, is individually priced and runs anywhere from $10 to $30 per bag - cash only!
 

February 2013 Meetup

 

Math for Blacksmiths - Forging a Rose

Feb 24, 2013 12pm-4pm
Jim Moran

LOCATION

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

Topic

Jim Moran will give a short lecture on using math in blacksmithing and then demo how to make a rose. If you want to give it a try, he has a few blanks available for $10 each. This is first come first serve during the meetup. There is no pre-registration and supplies are very limited.

If you wish, you can use the pattern provided below to cut out your own petals ahead of time from sheet metal. During the meetup, you will need a propane torch and needle nose pliers to form the rose shape (only if you are bringing your own petals).
Rose Pattern

HEAT

We have heat in the forge that is being generously donated by Tom Domery.

As always, safety glasses required, cotton only clothing and closed-toed shoes.
 

January 2013 Meetup

 

Introduction to MIG welding - Making a fullering tool

Jan 8, 2013 12pm-4pm
Mike Cataldo

LOCATION

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

Topic

There is no charge for this event.
This month we're meeting at Mike Cataldo's shop, Aggressive Metalworks. Mike is going to give an introduction to MIG welding, show how the machine works and demonstrate welding technique. He will guide and assist you in welding together your own fullering tool based off the one that Jim Moran demonstrated during our October meetup (see photo). Mike will provide the pieces and show you how to weld them together. If you have a welding helmet (or extras), please bring them as we only have a few. After the event we can fire up the forges for some open forge time.

To ensure we have enough supplies for everyone, if you wish to participate and take home a fullering tool (free!):
  • You must RSVP by January 20th to info@cdblacksmiths.org
  • Please let us know whether you want a vise tool or a Hardy tool
  • If you want a Hardy tool, let us know the size of your Hardy hole (1", 3/4", etc)
As always, safety glasses required, cotton only clothing and closed-toed shoes.
 

November 2012 Meetup

 
Nov 18, 2012 12pm-4pm

November 18th, 2012
In order to work around your holiday festivities, we are having the November meetup a bit earlier than usual. We will update this listing with the location and further details as they become available.

Topic
Irene Purificato, following up on member suggestions, will demonstrate and discuss forging chains, chain-mail and related items.

 

October 2012 Meetup

 
Oct 28, 2012 12pm-4pm

Sunday, October 28th, 12pm-4pm
Pat's Forge - Normanskill Farm
Mill Road
Albany, NY 12203

Topic

Jim Moran will demonstrate and discuss how to figure out the size, length and dimensions of stock for a project. He will use a variety of methods to measure out the amount of stock using things like clay, string or other flexible materials and, of all things, math!

Wear warm clothes as the smithy may be a bit chilly. Remember, cotton only! No Polyester or synthetic materials. BYO Safety Glasses if you can, we do have a few pairs available.

Remember, we are looking for ideas for demos and help in planning and coordinating meetings, etc.