Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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Jim's Great Adventure!

 

Jim's Demo on the Irish Snake

Event Date: Dec 5, 2017

Initially, we all had decided that because of the holidays we would not have a November or a December meeting. Jim, however, volunteered to host this early December 3rd meeting in lieu of the regular two last Sunday of the month meetings.

He also wanted to demonstrate how to make one of his famous Irish Snakes, which are made out of a large farrier's rasp. Jim came with several prepared individual rasp's showing the sequences/steps he does as he forms the snake, as well as the tools and jigs he uses. Once again, Jim entertained us with his skill...and his tale about St. Patrick and the reason there are no snakes in Ireland!

Paul posted the video he did of Jim on the Club's Facebook page. Don't miss it!

Also, as an aside, there was present at this meeting an owner of a race horse stable. She took pictures of the finished snakes and sent them to her farrier in Kentucky, who loved them! Jim's fame is now national!

The January meeting will be on the 28th. Demo to be decided and posted between now and then!

Have a terrific Hanukkah and Christmas!

 

December meeting: UPDATE:12/3/17

 

Update to the 2017 CDBA Monthly Meeting schedule: There will be a December meeting: 12/3/17

Event Date: Dec 3, 2017 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 2017 calendar schedule looks like this:

Jan. 29, 2017: Mike Cataldo will once again demonstrate in his shop, Aggressive Metalworks, an aspect of the art of blacksmithing. He and his able life assistant will demonstrate forging a blacksmith hammer.

Feb.26: Jack Connell will do a quick demo on making a gouge and a flat chisel for woodworking using various sized discarded garage door springs.

March:26: Rob Gallerani, as is his usual style and sense of adventure, will demonstrate making an aluminum sand casting

****April: 30: Paul Crosby will do a challenging demo making damascus using 20 pieces of a couple of different types of steel creating a damascus billet.

May 21: Colin Ray and Steve Gurzler will demonstrate tong making.(Earlier date as 5/28 is Memorial Day weekend).

June 25: Brian Filson will demonstrate something he does extremely well, how to correctly sharpen a blade to a razor edge.

July 30: Paul Crosby has stepped up and offered to demonstrate doing a "pineapple twist". This is a neat, attractive and simple method of ramping up an attractive tool handle/poker, etc.

AUGUST 27: **** SPECIAL MEETING **** Joe Cianfarani and his brother, Remo, will host our group at their forge/shop, "Armando & Sons, Iron Works", in Schenectady. Joe and Remo are carrying on the family tradition of blacksmithing which started in Italy years and generations ago. Joe and Remo do exceptionally high quality wrought iron and aluminum grills, fences, gates, etc. The tools and machines used are, by themselves, incredibly interesting and a must see. For the meeting, J&R have something special planned. This is a "Not To Be Missed" meeting.

Directions: Get off I90 from the Thruway for exit 890. Take the Broadway ramp off 890 and turn right onto Broadway. At the first light (50 yds+- from the ramp), take a right onto Edison St. Then the first short left onto Van Guysling Ave. You will see their shop on the right.

September 24 : On the 24th Steve Wayne from Heather's Heart Forge will be demonstrating a quick and easy way to forge a knife blade.

October 29: Jim Moran will regale us once again with his wit and wisdom!

November: No meeting

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December: MEETING ON DECEMBER 3: (contrary to the recent meeting announcement) This meeting will cover both Nov. and Dec. as Jim got a request recently to demonstrate how to make one of his Irish snakes. Jim plans to also show a number of blacksmith shortcuts and "tricks" he has used over the years.

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******2018 is wide open and volunteers for demos are needed.********

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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.

 

September 24th meeting: Paul Crosby

 

Paul Crosby stepped up to the plate once again!!

Event Date: Sep 24, 2017

Due to unforeseen events, the originally scheduled demonstrator, Steve, had to cancel at the last minute. He will now be the October 29th Demonstrator. Paul Crosby quickly volunteered and happen to have with him a piece of steel which he often uses in making his custom knives. As in previous demos of Paul's, he did a masterful job of showing his approach to making a blade. As previously stated, many times, Paul is a gifted teacher who explains the why of each step and the flow of the process so that the novice to the seasoned bladesmith understands each and every step. Nice job, Paul

Paul also announced that he and a couple of other Club members have finally set up a Facebook page with links to many other BS sites and where Club/CDBA members may add APPROPRIATE comments or pictures. The site is "www.Facebook.com/cdblacksmiths". From there you may also go directly to the CDBA website for Club news and meeting times, etc.

 

Facebook page!

 

The CDBA is now on Facebook!

Event Date: Sep 17, 2017

We have been talking about having a page on Facebook for a while now, so here it is! Www.facebook.com/cdblacksmiths is the direct link to the new CDBA Facebook page. Or you can search Cdba, or Capitol district blacksmith association. It is still in it's infancy, but with input and participation from our members, it is destined for greatness! I will be posting announcements and group information as well as pictures, and videos from our meetings. Having a page on Facebook will allow easier feedback from everyone, and allow comments and posts as well. Any suggestions or requests please feel free to contact me Paul, 518-763-7296 ( for now I'm sole admin, that will be changing) . I will be talking all about it at the September 24th meeting as well.

See you on Facebook!

Paul

 

September Meeting

 

Steve Wayne- blade making

Event Date: Sep 24, 2017 12 to 3:30 PM
Steve Wayne

LOCATION

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

Please read in the top right the Up Coming Events for September.

Steve will give us time to ask all our questions about what really goes on at the TV show Forge in Iron. Why & how do they do that, I have a ton of them. Where do the find all those crazy weapons and many more. See you all there. JIM