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

September 29th Meeting


Jim has once again stepped up to demonstrate his talent

Event 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.


NEBlacksmith Hammer-In


Check out the NEB website -latest newsletter is full of info.

Event Date: Jul 22, 2019
Announcing the Fall 2019 Hammer-In!
Fall Hammer-In at Ashokan

September 20-22, 2019

Learn the art of forging hot steel using traditional blacksmithing tools and skills at the semi-annual Northeast Blacksmiths' Ashokan Hammer-In. An exciting weekend of activities for beginners and experienced metal-smiths alike. Come for all or any part of this great weekend workshop, where you can receive instruction in our fully equipped Teaching Program, watch the forging demonstrations, browse the tool flea market and enjoy the company of fellow blacksmiths!

The New England Bladesmith Guild will also be hosting their annual knife seminar at Ashokan this same weekend. For more information on their program visit


Demo Announcement


Special guest Demonstrator for the July 28th meeting!

Event Date: Jul 18, 2019

We are very excited to announce that we have a very special guest demonstrator for our up and coming meeting. We will be hosting Forged in Fire season 5 contestant Dana Dupuis as our demonstrator for the July 28th meeting at the Normanskill Farm. The demo will start at the usual 12PM. Dana is a very entertaining and skilled Blacksmith/Bladesmith. He will be making a roach belly knife. This demo is sure to be a good one, and not one to miss!

Don't forget The Benefit for Greg Phillips family Hammer-in by the Northeast Blacksmith association, and hosted by Arowsmith Forge in Millbrook, NY on Saturday the 27th.


Age of Iron - 8/3-4 2019


Hancock Shaker Museum hosting the A of I for another year.

Event Date: Jul 6, 2019

HSM is just over the NYS border on route 20 in Hancock near our side of Pittsfield (about 45mins. from Pat's froge). Many of our members have volunteered at the museum blacksmith shop over the past 20+ years and were in fact the originators of the Age of Iron. This is a terrific time to meet other smiths and to visit the museum. If you drive past the museum on Route 20 and take the first right (Rte. 50) and an immediate right again on a dirt driveway, you arrive at the back entrance. Tell the gate keeper you are a blacksmith and helping out. That's your free ticket in! Enjoy!


July 27th Fundraiser for a colleague.


Northeastern Blacksmith's, located in the New Paltz area, and a group many of our members belong to, are asking for our help

Event Date: Jul 6, 2019

Fundraiser Hammer-In/Barbecue for Greg Phillips Family

Northeast Blacksmiths Association via

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It's a mid-summer Hammer-In!

Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9 AM – 4 PM

Arrowsmith Forge , Millbrook, NY

You are invited to a Hammer-In/Barbecue fundraiser to benefit the family of our good friend and fellow blacksmith Greg Phillips who recently passed away. Fletcher and Debra Coddington have graciously offered to host the event at their shop,Arrowsmith Forge, in Millbrook, NY. For many years, Greg and his family opened their home to us and hosted hammer-ins. They were always generous and welcoming. Let's return their generosity and show our kinship. This is a social event as well as a blacksmithing event so everyone is welcome. Please bring as many family and friends as you like.Text Link
Fun for the whole family!
This one day event will include demonstrations, food, drink, a raffle, and a live auction. Cost of admission $30.00 per person. Kids 10 years old or younger are $5.00 each. Food is included with price of admission. We will have a tailgating area. Tailgaters will be charged an additional $20 each. All proceeds will be given to Greg's family.
Professional demonstrations:

John Rais and Leonid Karelshteyn will be demonstrating blacksmithing and artistic/decorative ironwork. Fletcher Coddington will be demonstrating proper solder techniques, Greg Cimms will be demonstrating bladesmithing.

Raffle and auction:
First prize in the raffle will be a Fly Press with cast iron stand and assorted tooling. Second prize is a 310 lb. anvil and third prize is a 40 lb. Fisher-Norris anvil. The Raffle Drawing will be on the day of the event. You do not have to be in attendance to win but you will be responsible for picking up or paying for shipping the item you win in the raffle. Prizes may be viewed on our group Facebook page.

We are also requesting donations of items for the auction.

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Please pre-register for this event by following thisregistration link. If you are unable to attend, you may still make a donation to Greg's family and buy raffle tickets on the registration page. Thanks for your support!
Upcoming events:

Save the date for the New England Bladesmith Guild's annual Ashokan seminar and the Northeast Blacksmith's Fall Hammer-In on September 20-22, 2019. Program information will be availablelater in July at Northeast Blacksmiths website.

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