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

June 30 meeting


Some guy named Moran is the demonstrator for June 3oth

Event Date: Jun 24, 2019

Mr. Moran will demonstrate a number of quick items and projects and has something in mind to surprise as well.


Paying The Rent


2019 Student Schedule and members who volunteered to give a brief demo and talk each day.

Event Date: Jun 4, 2019 8:45AM - 2PM+-


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

WELL DONE FOLKS. THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING EACH CLASS WENT OFF WELL AND EVERY ONE WAS HAPPY! As in the past, in exchange for using and enjoying the City of Albany's Blacksmith Shop, we have volunteered to talk about Blacksmithing to Albany school students and explain and demonstrate its role in American farm (and City) history.

This year, we only have 7 days-so far-of 2nd and 4th grade students.

The schedule of volunteers is :

June 4 (Tues.): Jim Moran: 439-5439

June 5 (Weds.): Jim Moran: 439-5439

June 7 (Fri.): Dave Paterson: 573-4956

June 10 (Mon.) : Jack Connell: 439-0232

June 12 (Weds.): Jerry Smith: 966-7487

June 13 (Thurs.): Vince Heeran: 253-5656

June 14 (Fri.): Bryan Salisbury: 898-8174Vince Heeran: 253-5656

Call Jack (518-439-0232) or Jim (518-439-5439) if you can help out the volunteers for some or all of a day. Or, just show up!

Remember, this is how we "pay our rent" ! This has been difficult this year as most members work during the day and we increasingly turn to retired members for help in" Paying The Rent." Consider saving up a vacation day next year to help us out.

Thanks again to all who contribute to make this "club" viable.


Jim needs help


This Sunday, Jim needs a few strong hands to help with a small task

Event Date: May 20, 2019

Jim is needs a little help fixing things at the Forge , 15 min. He will try to show how to form a circle or a square from bar stock. He will cheat where he needs to , how to cheat at blacksmithing. We need to help each other to build a portable forge. Most of the stuff is scrap with a few pieces of pipe. We have the summer to make them. Lets see who needs one.


April 28


Steve Gurzler's demo

Event Date: Apr 28, 2019

If you missed this one, you miss a terrific demo and meeting. Steve is an excellent teacher and explained every step before , during and after he made a forge welded chain link and a set of specialized tongs which will hold round stock parallel and perpendicular to the tong handles, or raines, as Steve calls them. When finished with the tongs,Steve donated them to CDBA. Very generous and a very nice supportive gesture. Thanks Steve. Steve also help a young person, Jonathan, in making a steak fork, which was quite good. Well done Jonathan. Kathy, who made a hook some time ago had her second blacksmithing experience today and made a nice little single hook with a twist which she will mount on a wall. Well done! Brian made a rose with a technique new to most of us -using flat stock shaping and rolling. Unique. A couple of new faces also showed up and might return. Finally, Steves stories and jokes were better than usual and a treat. Good day all around!

RE: JUNE STUDENT DEMO DAYS. WE NEED FOLKS FOR JUNE 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14. JERRY SMITH HAS ALREADY VOLUNTEERED FOR THE 12TH. Jerry mentioned to me today that last year he volunteered for the first time and had much trepidation before he met the students. He said he "had a ball" and really enjoyed it. So, VOLUNTEER! Call Jack (439-0232) or Jim (439-5439).


April 28th Meeting


Demo on tong creation

Event Date: Apr 28, 2019 12-4+-
Steve Gurzler


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

Steve will demonstrate making a traditional set of tongs using his considerable skill and knowledge of the blacksmith craft. Will be a solid demo with many questions answered. Don't miss!