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

September meeting at Aggressive metalworks/Mike Cataldo's shop

 

September meeting @ Mike Cataldo's: Aggressive Metal Works Forge, near Crossgates.

Sep 28, 2014 12-4PM
Mike McCarthy

LOCATION

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

Mike McCarthy has a special treat for us this month: "Finishing Techniques", or how to to do those simple but critical last steps to give your work that more professional look. Mike is at the pinnacle of the skilled artisan blacksmith elite, so this should be a great demo.

 

Today's meeting w/Travis Edgington

 

Forging an axe head

Aug 24, 2014

Today's demo with Travis was no disappointment. He is one of the few highly skilled artisan blacksmiths in our area, having studied under Bob Cerney and Mike McCarthy, among a few other highly skilled Cooperstown area smiths. Using a bar of wrought iron (recycled from an old bridge or farm implement) Travis skillfully brought us through each carefully explained step of the process of shaping and finishing a colonial style head with a forged welded steel insert/cutting edge. Travis demonstrated a number of techniques which he routinely uses in his work which produce a better and more efficiently created end product, one such technique which was new to many of us, was covering the hot steel totally with flux as a near final step before the final wire brushing. This produces a cleaner piece by essentially melting off any scale which then is cleanly brushed off. A very professional looking piece is the end result. Travis is an excellent teacher and it was a pleasure to watch and learn from him. We hope he will demonstrate again for CDBA in the future.

 

August meeting on 8/24/14

 

Forging an ax/tomahawk head

Aug 24, 2014 12-4+- Sun.
Travis Edgington

LOCATION

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

Travis will demonstrate the forging and shaping of an ax head using mild steel with a tool steel insert for the cutting edge which in turn will be forge welded in place. Travis will also demonstrate how the eye is drifted so that a sturdy handle can be applied. This should be an interesting demo and one that several members have requested.

 

July 27 Special Event

 

This month's meeting surpassed our already high expectations!

Jul 27, 2014

James Arlen Gillaspie (jamesarlen.com) demonstrated today the shaping of an early helm (helmet) using two strikers (Noah and Abe) while he gave direction for each of their hammer blows, as historical master armourers did. James also gave us a wealth of historical information on how and why certain techniques were used during various historical periods. James, essentially, conducted a class in the history of armour production. It was fascinating and incredibly informative. Although he did not bring any original period historical pieces, as he did during the last two monthly CDBA meetings, he did bring a couple of incredibly beautiful pieces that he made which are part of a full suite of armour he made a few years ago. One of the fascinating aspects of his talk was how the old masters (and James!) understood human anatomy and how the fit, articulation and comfort of every piece of armour was masterfully designed and created.

Thom and Deb Breitenback, generously hosted this month's meeting at Castle Breitenback (t.e.breitenback.com). The grounds of which are extraordinary beautiful and the castle itself is a wonder to behold. Thom and Deb at the end of the meeting generously opened their home to the members for them to also enjoy. Check out Thom's website to see the Castle and to view the many talents of this Renaissance man and CDBA member..

 

July 27 Special Event

 

This special event will cover forging and making body and possibly horse armour.

Jul 27, 2014 12PM-4PM
James Arlen Gillaspie

LOCATION

Breitenbach Castle
809 Township Rd., Altamont, NY 12009
click here for directions
 

Master Armourer, James Arlen Gillaspie excels in the making, repairing, restoring and demonstrating every aspect of ancient and modern armour. His articulated gauntlets and other special sections of armour are fantastic and simply just beautiful as well as functional. His finish work is almost without parallel - just exquisite! This will be a monthly meeting not to be missed. CDBA member Thom Breitenbach has once again generously opened his shop to members and was instrumental in arranging for this demonstrator.

 

Mark Feldman's demo

 

Metal casting

Jun 29, 2014

Mark Feldman 's demo today was a terrific success. Over 25 members attended and were captivated by Mark's easy style of presenting an area most of us have little experience with - metal casting. Mark started off discussing the materials he uses and then quickly got into casting his first piece. This was a small anvil with a hammer, using a soapstone mold made from an old sink. Mark surprised us when he took out the casting and there with raised letters was, "CDBA". Mark then encouraged anyone who was interested to try their own hand in pouring a casting and most everyone ended up with their own CDBA anvil. Mark latter demonstrated sand casting and turned out a highly detailed belt buckle with a dragon on it. A very successful meeting and demo.

A special treat towards the end of the day, planned no doubt so as not to interrupt with today's demonstration, our next month's demonstrator, James Arlen Gillaspie, walked in! Of course, like last month when he also surprised us at the end of the day, he brought along a piece of ancient body armor he was repairing for a client collector. Very special!!

WARNING! DO NOT MISS the July 27th meeting at Breitenback Castle in Altamont. Not only will James be demonstrating his refined and top of the art skill in making and repairing armor but the Castle itself is not to be missed nor is Thom's Blacksmith shop!

 

June Meeting: June 29th

 

CDBA's first metal casting demo. will be given by Mark Feldman

Jun 29, 2014 12-4+- Sun.

LOCATION

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

This should be an interesting and fun change of pace for our group as Mark will the first member to demonstrate how to cast metal. For this demo, Mark will use lead free pewter and the participles here would be the same whether casting brass, silver or iron, etc. The use of lead free pewter will be a plus as we won't involuntarily breath in any toxins, other than someone's cologne, etc.! Mark plans on using a soapstone hand-carved mold for one demo and a sand mold for another. He has used wood as well as other creative material for some of his previous mold work. You might have noticed that he usually has a couple of small objects around his neck -he cast those as well. So, be prepared to learn something and to hear, no doubt, some interesting stories.

 

Fort Klock Hammer In

 

Fort Klock Annual Hammer In Gathering June 7 & 8, 2014

Jun 7, 2014 & June 8 - 10am-4pm

Blacksmiths' Gathering and Hammer-In

June 7 & 8

This Weekend Event will be held in the historic stone 1811 Blacksmith Shop on the grounds of Fort Klock on Saturday the 7th. and Sunday the 8th. of June.

Smiths and spectators welcome, and admission to Hammer-In is FREE

Hammer-In activities planned include smithing demonstrations, hands on instruction for beginners, a pot lunch each day, camping, oh and let's not forget smithing!

For more information, visit www.fortklockrestoration.org

 

May 18th Meeting

 

Terrific Event and Demo : Noah and Abe are two young and talented craftsmen.

May 21, 2014

If you missed this meeting, you missed a very very good one and shame on you! Noah clearly demonstrated step by step and measure by measure how he has been making Dutch strap hinges and pintels for a very exacting client who is restoring an early 17th century Dutch farm house. Noah is a clear speaker and a very good teacher so all of the steps and the reasons why he does something a certain way were no mystery. Noah's forge welding of the pintel alone was reason enough for attending as was his simple tip regarding getting the body(strap) and the shaft (pintel) to the same forging heat/color and keeping the shaft facing up so not to burn it away. Paul Crosbey, once again, taped this meeting and might have DVDs again available next meeting as he did of Gil's demo on heat treating from last month.

Noah also brought as a special treat, his long time buddy, Abe Pardee. Abe lives in Connecticut and has been blacksmithing for a number of years. He, like Noah, is an enthusiastic and high energy creative individual. both like trying new things and Abe demonstrated for us how to make a forged and sturdy garden trowel which will last a lifetime from 5/8" stock . The end result was a beautiful spade shaped trowel which, at its' widest, must have been drawn out to around 4". It was a beauty and it was only the 3rd one Abe ever made!

Both of these smiths were a treat to watch and learn from and their collective and individual energy and personalities were like blood transfusions for us older types! Well done guys!

Now, those of you who left right after Noah's demo, missed Abe. Too bad! But those of you who left right after Abe's demo, missed a special and unexpected treat. James Arlen Gillaspie, our July demonstrator at Breitenbach Castle, wandered in carrying with him two 500 year old artifacts he has been repairing for two of his client collectors. He also had with him one of his own creations, a gorgeous fully articulated armor plated gauntlet glove. If you missed James, that was really too bad! What a day, what a meeting!

 

April 27th Meeting

 

Lee harvey's Bell making demo on April 27th

May 13, 2014

Lee's demo on constructing a jingle bell based on a design by Steve Alling and Bill Clemons was, as usual with Lee, very successful and informative. Lee passed out a number of copies of the article with schematics that came from Clemons' article, which I believe originally was in Hammer's Blow. Lee demonstrated and discussed all of the jigs and tools he made to produce these terrific bells and stressed that the material needed to be thick (3/16" or 7 gauge) enough to properly take the pressure required to achieve the proper shape. Doug Deleury brought a number of CNC cut blanks for sale which several members took advantage of as hand cutting or torch cutting these out is a bit tough. We also had a terrific tail gating event where a couple of us were able to cheaply pass on no longer needed blacksmith items to someone who could use them. Keep this in mind for future meetings as you might have something blacksmith related that you would like to sell at a reasonable cost. A side note, on May 4th Lee and his jingle bell won the best of show at the most recent Ashoken weekend seminar in the New Paltz area.

* * Please note that the kitty for coffee, etc. as well as for coal and steel is getting low. We have relied on coffee donations as well as general donations to cover these costs and we do not want to resort to charging dues, etc. Let's continue to keep things simple. So, with that in mind, we are asking that each member and guest, beginning with the May meeting, put in a single dollar bill in the donation can by the coffee pot. This hopefully will be sufficient to cover all costs. Also, anyone who has any shorts of a foot long or so of any kind of steel who would like to donate them to the club, please do. This will also greatly help keeping coasts down as this is around the lengrth we seem to use most.

 

Heat Treating Demo DVD

 

Heat Treating Demo DVDs

Apr 28, 2014

I have DVDs available of Gil Bullock's Heat Treating demonstration from the March 2014 CDBA Meet. I currently have 5 made already, I can make more if there are enough interested. To get your copy, drop me an Email, Phc2112@Yahoo.com

Paul

 

Meetup Write-up

 

Write Up of the ​March 29, 2014 CDBA Meeting by Jack Connell

Apr 21, 2014

This meeting had another good turnout which included members, guests, and greenhorns.

Gil’s demo on the various aspects and steps towards hardening and tempering high carbon or tool steel (having at least 0.2% of carbon) was clear and informative. Gil initially demonstrated how steel taken up to the point of being non-magnetic (1500 degrees +-, or dark yellow) when quenched too quickly is as brittle as a candy cane and when lightly tapped will snap in two. To move from this brittle state to a useful one, the steel needs to be "Tempered".

Tempering relaxes the steel and changes the interior crystal size from large, brittle crystals to smaller more relaxed and stable ones. As Gil demonstrated, this tempering is done by taking the above heated steel and quenching the first inch or so (pre-taper the edge, assuming that you are making a chisel) into the water quench (or could be oil, depending on the ultimate use and/or steel type), swirl it around a bit and make sure you have sufficiently cooled this tip. Then withdraw the steel from the quench and quickly, while there is still most of the heat remaining in the shaft, with a file or angle grinder, polish one side of the cooled tip. This polished section is where you will see the various colors slowly moving towards the cooled tip edge, the first color to show and move down to the edge is light straw followed by the other colors. Each color will represent a degree of hardening. Once the wanted color/hardness is at or very close to the cutting edge, immediately quench the whole piece of steel again to stop/arrest the color. Gil used a propane torch to get these colors. This is a simpler, cleaner, easier and more predictable way to control the heat transfer and helps insure that you can see and can stop the color where and when you want it. The color chart and scale (the oxidation color spectrum) that Gil showed is a real good tool to use to compare the color of your work piece edge and thus the needed hardness. Generally, the rule of thumb is that “straw” color will cut stone; “Bronze” will cut steel; “peacock” will cut wood; and the color “purple” will give the high carbon steel a “springiness” and finally, “blue” will keep the steel relatively soft. Keep in mind that there are other methods of tempering, but all have the essential ingredients noted by Gil. We again thank Gil for sharing his knowledge and look forward to him demonstrating again at another monthly meeting in the near future.

Speaking of which, here is an updated monthly meeting schedule. However, as you can see, we still have many gaps and need someone to step forward to demonstrate (can be on anything related to steel – this can mean even steel design / architecture demonstrated on paper) for the months noted. Any volunteers please speak up!

April 27: lee Harvey on bells

May 18; Noah Khoury on Dutch hinges

June 29: ??

July 27: Travis Edginton: Forging an axe head.

August 24: Mark Feldman on casting

September 28: Mike McCarthy at Mike Cataldo's forge: Finishing techniques

October 26: Peter Schmidt on forging a very unique wine glass holder which goes on a wine bottle. This is Pete's own design.

November 23 (or 30th): ??

December 28: ??

 

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.

 

Meetup Write-up

 

Write Up of the ​April 27th, 2014 CDBA Meeting by Jack Connell

Nov 30, -0001

Lee Harvey’s April 27th’s demonstration on constructing a Jingle bell based on a design by Steve Alling and Bill Clemons was, as usual with Lee, very successful and informative. Lee passed out a number of copies of the article with schematics that came from Clemons’ article. Lee demonstrated and discussed all of the jigs and tools he made to produce these terrific bells and stressed that the material needed to be thick (3/16” or 7 Gage) enough to properly take the required shape. Dough Deleury brought a number of laser cut bell blanks for sale which several members took advantage of as hand cutting these out is a bit tough. We also had a terrific tail gating where a couple of us were able to pass on no longer need blacksmith items. Keep this in mind for our next and subsequent meets.

* Our next meeting will be a week early, on May 18, NOT May 25th. This meeting we will have Noah demonstrating forging Dutch hinges. As many of you know, Noah and his dad are full time blacksmiths and are exceptionally talented ones at that.

** I believe that Jim has sent around a reminder that we need instructors to demonstrate to the Albany school kids this June . The schedule and signup sheet will be at the May meeting. This has been a lot of fun for all of us in the past and is THE reason why we are able to use this site as apermant home. Demonstrating for the few weeks that we do each year is the dues we pay to stay here at this terrific site. So, please do your share and sign up.

*** Lastly, please note that the kitty for coffee, etc. as well as for coal and steel is getting low. We have relied on coffee donations as well as general donations to cover these costs and do not want to have to resort to charging dues. We (all of us!) like to keep things loose and informal. So, in lieu of resorting to this drastic measure, we are proposing that beginning with the May meeting, everyone attending (coffee drinkers or not) put a single dollar in the donation can by the coffee. This hopefully will be sufficient. Also, anyone who has short (foot or so) pieces of steel to donate would also be much appreciate as this will also cut down on our material needs, and thus cash flow.

See you May 18th at noon.