Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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August 30th Meeting


August 30th Meeting announcement!

Event Date: Jul 29, 2020

We are very excited to share the news! Not only are we actually going to have an August Meeting, It is going to be held at The Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne NY. There is plenty of room to sprawl out and social distance, and several forging stations to use for open forge time. Donations will be encouraged for full and material usage, but there are 9 forges and anvils to put to use. Our demonstration will be conducted by ABS Journeyman Smith Jordan LaMothe. I believe he will be making an axe, but that may change due to artistic freedoms. Jordan is an amazing smith, and a wonderful demonstrator, a treat not to be missed. the meeting will be at our regular time 12-4 pm. The folkschool address is

51 Main St.

Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

They can be found online at for more information, and class Schedules. Look forward to seeing you there. Any questions feel free to call Paul 518-763-7296


ABANA update


update from Jim

Event Date: Mar 12, 2020
Hello James S.,

As the circumstance surrounding the coronavirus COVID – 19 continues to evolve we remain vigilant in keeping abreast of the latest information. In order to prepare for future action, if necessary, the Governor of New York has now declared a disaster emergency. This declaration may result in the necessity for us to change our plans in the future, however at this time, there are no plans to cancel the 2020 Conference. As circumstances change we will make every effort to communicate the situation in a timely manner.

As a precaution we suggest that conference attendees planning to fly to the conference take out trip insurance, in the event that the conference is cancelled.

Meanwhile, we will be reaching to officials from the Washington County Fairgrounds and Local Emergency planners in in order to get the most recent and up to date information for the area and to formulate any plans necessary for the conference

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New CDBA President


Unanimous vote for Paul Crosby

Event Date: Mar 12, 2020

Paul was asked a couple of meetings ago if he would run for President of CDBA. He agreed and we put it to a vote by show of hands. Paul was unanimously voted in and he accepted. Jim and Jack and everyone else present agreed to help Paul out if and when in the unlikely event that he needed assistance. Three cheers to Paul!!


ABANA June 3-6


ABANA Conference coming up. Volunteer if you can. Thanks, Jim

Event Date: Mar 12, 2020

The Abana Board will return conference registration fees to those who wish to cancel due to the Corona virus. The conference is still scheduled and volunteers are needed to help. Volunteers will work only a few hours during the conference without missing the demonstrations.

There will be up to four golf carts operating morning and afternoon on Wed June 3, Thurs June 4, Fri June 5, and Sat June 6. The carts will be available to provide shuttle service around the conference grounds for those attendees who require assistance. We also plan to have a few volunteers on duty at the conference entrance gate /parking lot during the mornings of all days to ensure that attendees find an appropriate parking space in good order. Need for more help is sure to develop at the start and during the conference.

Would you be willing to assist with some of these duties? If so, please advise which days and times (am or pm) would best fit your schedule. Dana Flanders is in charge of volunteers. He asks that you provide name, email address and phone number. Please contact him at: —713-569-8422


Greg Phillip's Shop, Acorn Forge and Fabricating


Hammer In - @ Greg's shop (Acorn Forge) in the Town of Montgomery, near New Paltz.

Event Date: Mar 21, 2020 10-5
Various, below

As many of you might remember, Greg died last year. On Saturday, March 21 from appox. 10 AM to 5 PM this annual event will continue. This will be hosted by Kelly Scott Anson and the Northeast Blacksmiths Association.

At the request of the Phillips Family and to honor the tradition and memory of our good friend and member Greg Phillips, we are having the spring hammer-in that Greg would host at his shop every year.

The demonstrators this year will be Dave Kurdyla and Fletcher Coddington. There will be tailgating and food. The food will be provided by a caterer and if you want to partake we just ask that you pay a small donation to cover the cost of the food and the expenses for the day.

For his demonstration, Dave will be forging and heat treating a hammer. All the forging will be done by hand and using a striker. The photo at the top of the page is some of Dave's work.

Fletcher will be demonstrating forming hollow metal forms using air pressure.

The tailgating area will be along side of and behind the shop. Please only park there is you are tailgating. The neighbors next door generously allow us to use a parking area on their property. We ask that you be considerate of all the neighbors and their properties when attending this event.the Northeast Blacksmith's website ( for details and how to get to Greg's shop.