Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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January 26, 2020

 

Making the smaller shop tools

Event Date: Jan 26, 2020 12-4+-
Elijah Hammond

LOCATION

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

For you folks who don't use the CDBA Facebook page developed by Paul Crosby, where you can see a picture of Elijah holding what looks like a 30 # sledge, Elijah will be our member demonstrator for the first month of the new year. Elijah will show us how to make a variety of the smaller tools needed in any blacksmith shop.

FYI: Jim Moran, the surprising old guy that he is, will be married (Yes!) two days later on 1/28/20! Goes to show, life goes on after 80 (+)! Needless to say, he probably won't make the January meeting.

 

2020 Monthly Meeting Schedule

 

2020 Meeting dates

Event Date: Dec 16, 2019

January 26, 2020: Elijah Hammond-Wood on the making of the smaller shop tools

February 23: NOT TO BE MISSED!! Mike Cataldo will be hosting another of his fantastic meetings in his Central Bridge Home shop. See Facebook for future details.

March 29:

April 26:

May 31:

Special: June 3-6: The ABANA national meeting will be held in Saratoga for the first time ever. Something quite special! See previous detailed posting.

June 28:

July 26:

August 30:

Sept 27:

October 25:

November 29:

December 27: No meeting

January 31, 2021:

 

Crosses and small tricks

 

October 2019 Meeting

Event Date: Oct 27, 2019 Noon to 4 PM
Jim Moran

LOCATION

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

This will be a demo of old tricks I've done before, but I'm open to any thing you want to see. I will have set up a few start pieces of Chris's Cross and small anvils. Those interested can come up and make a finish a cross or anvil.

I will discuss the ABANA Conference and provide some details.

 

ABANA 2020

 

ABANA 2020 schedule

Event Date: Oct 17, 2019
2020 Conference News
Hello James S.,

Basic information for the 2020 Conference

ABANA 2020 Saratoga is on its way. It is THE blacksmithing get-together that you have been waiting for. We have a distinguished array of demonstrators in eight separate demo sites, a 20 forge teaching area, a youth teaching site, lectures, competitions, vendors, tailgating, family programs, members’ gallery, auction and BBQ and the Blacksmith’s Arm Pub. There will be a Saturday night dinner and coffee and donuts early mornings. Also there will be food available onsite all four days. Whether you are a novice, a part-time smith or a full time professional there will be something for everyone, including time to sit and share ideas, techniques, and learn from each others’ experience. Even for those who are just curious about blacksmithing this is the place to see smithing at its best. You won’t find a better place for all things blacksmith whether you come for just a single day or the entire four days.

Conference Pricing

Before April 1st 2020

Member Registration = $295

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Spouse Registration = $75

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Child Registration = $35

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Non-Member Registration = $355

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Non-Member Spouse Registration = $90

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Day Passes

Single Day - Member = $95

Single day - Spouse or Child = $30

Single day Non-Member = $110

Saturday Dinner = $15

You can purchase this dinner separately for Saturday - single day attendees

After March 31st 2020

Member Registration = $345

Will not come with t-shirt

Member Spouse = $100

Will not come with t-shirt

Non-Member Registration = $415

Will not come with t-shirt

Non-Member Spouse Registration = $120

Will not come with t-shirt

Extra Goodies

T-Shirt = $25.68

ABANA Lapel Pin = $4.28

Conference Hat = $23.54

2020 Conference Mini Anvil = $28.89

Slack-Tub Bourbon

Laser Etched - two liter = $85.60

This is a Commemorative Cask

Reserve your bottle of Slack-Tub = $1

Just visit the Springbrook Distillery at the Blacksmith Arms Pub when you arive to make your purchase. Cost is $44 for empty Cask or $84 for the cask filled.

Camping

4 day - RV/Trailer = $152

This includes Water/Electric/Graywater

4 day - RV/Trailer = $128

includes Water/Electric

Additional day RV/Trailer = $32/$38

Must have purchased 4 day camping

4 day stay in the Bunkhouse = $100

This is an on site Bunkhouse

Tent Camping per day = $20

No water, no electric, pitch your own tent.

Conference Location

Washington County Fairgrounds

392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich, NY 12834

Registration Contact: Karen Sims

Please call 1-860-300-0013 or email karensims@gmail.com

Registration is now open
Register Now
 

Sept. Meeting

 

Your requests

Event Date: Sep 29, 2019 Noon to 4PM
Jim Moran

I'm ready to go but find we are short on stock. I need HC railroad Nails. I need stock for scrolls, 1/4 or more straps 1" to 3" wide. Leaves and feathers strap 1 to 2 '' wide 1/4 or less, we need a file with only cuts in one direction ( if anyone has one ). I have a ladle block, but thin plate is needed-- this is work. The Guillotine needs heavy angle iron and a chopsaw to cut the stock. That job is best left to last so that we can find out our needs. A portable drill press would be a great help with the nail header.

I don't think we can do them all on Sunday , but we can have fun. Jim