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

Annual Student Classes - need help!!

 

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

Event Date: Feb 27, 2018

ADDED CLASS: JUNE 18 : 2ND GRADE 75 KIDS 2 CLASSES: 9:15AM & 1:30PM TINA MOORE

Contact Jim to reserve a spot: 518-439-0232 or 518 301-1862. Email: moranjim56@gmail.com

WE NEED HELP WITH THESE CLASSES. CALL JIM ASAP

2018 Normanskill Farm School Program

Date Grade School # Kids Arrive/Depart Teacher CDBA Member
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 -- Mike Cataldo: 269-7110
Tuesday, June 5 3rd Eagle Point 44 9:00/1:30 Ann Paulson Dave Peterson: 573-4956
Tuesday, June 5 3rd North Albany 40 9:00/1:30 Shannon Pinkowski Dave Peterson "
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 Mike Cataldo
Tuesday, June 12 4th Eagle Point 40 9:00/1:00 Marni Meno-- Peter Schmidt: 439-2330
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
 

2018 Monthly Meeting Schedule

 

2018 Monthly Meeting Schedule

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

LOCATION

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.

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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 be demonstrating how to forge out bolt tongs and this design was taught to him by Japheth Howard and Noah will be making copies of his step bystep plans to hand out. Pictures attached below of what we will be making.

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 Wednesday, June 6 Middle S. Meyers 10 9:30/1:30 Cindy Clo 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 Monday, June 18 2nd New Scotland 75 9:15/1:30 Tina Moore Questions: Please contact Tom Gallagher at 518-577-0958 4/10/2018

May 27:

June 24:

July 30:

August 26:

September 30:

October 28:

November 25:

December : ??

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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.

 

May 19 Fort Klock Hammer In

 

Fort Klock - Season opening and Blacksmith Hammer-in May 19-20, 2018

Event Date: May 19, 2018 10 Am -5 PM
Steve Gurzler

Fort Klock Restoration

7214 NY 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Blacksmith Gathering and Hammer –In

May 19th & 20th, 2018

Blacksmithing Competitions. plus Fort Klock season opening with a wide variety of events in addition to the BLACKSMITHING, i.e., Encampment and reenactments, plus a number of Colonial era craft demos, ETC.

This year we plan 3 contests:

The contests are intended to display proficiency in controlled hand forging. All contests will use a coal or charcoal forge, with a hand – actuated blower or bellows. This is a solo completion, no helpers or fire tenders allowed. Power tools will not be permitted in the contest. The Fort may have a couple of forge set-ups available. Contestants should bring their own portable forge set up if possible. Contestants should provide their own tooling, hammer, and tongs. Stock will be provided. Some coal is available.

Saturday Afternoon 130 PM

1.One heat drawing out contest. Smiths will be provided a marked 18 inch long bar of ½ inch square mild steel. The mark will be 8-inches from one end. The mark must remain untouched on the finished bar. The smith will take one heat, without burning the bar, and draw the end out in a square cross section to the longest possible length. Maximum forging time 3 minutes. No limit on heating time. Greatest length drawn out square wins.

2.S-hook production. Contestants will forge s-hooks from ¼-inch square mild steel. The standard hook s 6 inches long, outside dimensions, with 1-inch inside diameter hooks on each end. The hooks terminate in rat-tail ends, and the hook will have a 1&1/2 turn centered twist. A completed hook includes an attempt at all required elements. Contestants will forge as man hooks as possible in 30 minutes. Scoring will be as follows:

a.Completed hook - +5 Points

b.More than ½ inch over or under sized -1 Point

c.Hooks ½ inch over or under sized -1 Point

d.Bad twist -1 Point

e.Missing rat-tail end -1 Point

f.Symmetrical hook +1 Point

g.Smooth finish +1 Point

Sunday Afternoon 130 PM

3.Smiths will have 1½ hours to forge a ladle with a drawn out handle. Stock will be provided, 1X1/4 inch by 8 inch long mild steel. Ladles shall be constructed using only the stock provided. Scoring will be as follows:

a.Completed ladle that holds water 3 Points

b.Handle minimum 8 inches long 2 Points

c.Each additional 2 inches of handle 1 Point

d.Highest capacity ladle 1 Point

e.Smooth, quality forging 1 point

There will be Prizes, categories to be determined depending on number of entrants.

Contact Steve Gurzler at stevegurzler@gmail.com to sign up or get information

OTHER EVENTS

There will be smithing demonstrations and open forge time

Lunch (burgers, etc.) will be available for purchase

Tent camping space is available in the open fields at Fort Klock

Tours of the Historic Fortified Homestead and Opening Day Activities

See the full announcement on Facebook or at WWW.fortklockrestoration.org for details and updates.

 

Today's meeting w/Lee Harvey

 

Lee making a bell from beginning to end.

Event Date: Mar 25, 2018

Once again Lee clearly demonstrated the process, materials and jigs needed to make a bell that actually sounds like a jingle bell. See the Facebook postings for a few pictures of today's event. Another good job by Lee on this smaller bell. Last year he did the larger of the two sizes.

Jim worked on making a little anvil and showed this progression as well.

Next month (April 29) Noah will be the demonstrator.

 

ABANA call for help

 

ABANA 2020 call for help

Event Date: Mar 24, 2018

Folks: This is a request for help in 2020 for the ABANA National Conference. Jim will discuss at the next meeting.

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Thanks I will post this on our web site and ask members to sign up. I hope we get a young capable volunteer coordinator to sign up. Jim

On Mar 19, 2018, at 8:52 AM, Robert Menard <ballandchainforge@yahoo.com> wrote:
Hi Jim,

We have most of our leadership positions filled but we will be looking for help during the conference in the form of demonstrator assistants, runners, and youth teaching area monitors. I want to have a broad enough group of volunteers to draw from so no one individual misses much of the conference as they're helping out. The set up will most likely be managed by the ABANA set up crew so I expect we will be good there. As it gets closer there may be other assignable tasks.

If you have one motivated go getter that wants to be part of the leadership team I am in the market for a volunteer coordinator. This position requires computer skills and an organized mind. They must be able to play well with others. The work load for this person would probably not get started until 2019 but they would be in the leadership communication loop and up to speed on the conference goings on.

Anybody come to mind?

I will also be seeking some folks to sit an information table in Richmond selling tee shirts and some swag related to 2020, handing out packets and answering questions. I want to have enough people for this so no one is there more than 2 hours per shift. Again I don't want people to miss blocks of the conference.

Let me know your thoughts.

Bob Menard