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!


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 "". 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! 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!



September Meeting


Steve Wayne- blade making

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


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


September Meeting


Steve Wayne to demonstrate forging a blade

Event Date: Sep 24, 2017 12PM
Steve Wayne


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

I am very pleased to announce Steve Wayne will be showing us a quick and easy way to forge a blade! at our September meeting. Steve is an accomplished smith with decades as a farrier, and years as a blade smith. He now teaches blacksmithing and bladesmithing as the instructor at Heather's Heart Forge in Stephentown, NY. If any of you remember Steve's horseshoe demonstration years ago, you know we are in for a treat!

We continue to have open demos available for October, and November. We would love to have you share something with us, we'd love to see it.