2020 Meeting datesEvent 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.
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.
December 27: No meeting
January 31, 2021:
October 2019 MeetingEvent Date: Oct 27, 2019 Noon to 4 PM
Mill Road, Albany, NY 12209
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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 scheduleEvent 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.
Before April 1st 2020
After March 31st 2020
Washington County Fairgrounds
392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich, NY 12834
Registration Contact: Karen Sims
Please call 1-860-300-0013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is now open
Your requestsEvent Date: Sep 29, 2019 Noon to 4PM
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
Jim has once again stepped up to demonstrate his talentEvent Date: Sep 18, 2019
As we asked at the August meeting for ideas for the monthly meeting demonstrations, Jim has come up with a few ideas from your suggestions. He will demonstrate how to make a nail header and possibly a ladle and if time permits, a feather. All are suggestions folks put down on the chalk board.
Hopefully., you will bring in more ideas for future meetings and possible even volunteer to demonstrate something you can share with us. Otherwise, Jim will be the demonstrator for each future meeting.