Surprise demonstration today.Event Date: Oct 28, 2018
Paul Crosby surprised us today with a demo and his first attempt at Canister Damascus. He used a 1/2" hollow square stock with powdered steel and nail pieces for contrast. Forged out to a solid piece. Only issue was that there were not enough nail pieces for a good contrast.
Jim Moran simultaneously with Paul's demo also demonstrated making a ball at the end of a square stock.
Good turnout in spite of the fact we had no official demonstration scheduled. Next month we also have no one scheduled, so we will wing it once again!
Lots of issues discussed at today's meetingEvent Date: Aug 26, 2018
Today's meeting got started on time with Jim discussing the need for members to step up and help out with a variety of tasks as he has been doing most of them for years. Foremost was the monthly need for someone to open up and lock up the shop for every meeting and to prepare the coffee and clean up after. Secondly, we need someone to arrange for monthly demonstrators and to make sure that we have the needed supplies for the demonstrators by keeping track of the current coal and steel in stock. Lastly, we need someone to arrange (get commitments) for the June volunteers to demonstrate/discuss blacksmithing to the Albany School kids which is how we "pay the rent", making CDBA possible. This person will handle this extremely critical task of handling the details and coordination of lining up each volunteer with a time slot and class. Without someone stepping up for this task , our future at Normanside would be in jeopardy
We also had Rand Condell from the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne discussed in great detail the 2020 National ABANA Blacksmith Conference which will be held in the Saratoga area at the Washington County Fair Grounds. This is a VERY BIG event of national scope and will have some of the foremost national and Canadian smiths demonstrating all levels of smithing - from traditional colonial smiths to high end fabricators to master farriers who work on million dollar horses. There will be many merchandisers, tail-gaters, on-grounds lodging, food courts and several opportunities to actually make something yourself as well as working and volunteering along side some of the best in the blacksmithing field. See the ABANAor the Adirondack Folk School website and the soon to be up and running 2020 specific website. This is a complex event to put on and Rand spoke about how many hands and minds go into pulling something this grand off successfully. Consequently, many volunteers at all levels are needed. If interested, call Rand at the Folk School @ 518-696-2400
This meeting concluded with Jim demonstrating how to make tongs the quick and dirty way he just learned from a fellow smith.
Jim would also like to personally thank Gil Bullock, Paul Crosby and Doug Shepard for their terrific job of cleaning and picking up the forge after the meeting.
There were no takers on the two "auction" vises and are still available at the set price noted earlier. See pictures of them on the cdblacksmith Facebook page. Or, call Jim @ 518-439-5439.
NOTE: SEPTEMBER MEETING IN CENTRAL BRIDGE AT MIKE CATALDO'S HOME SHOP.
Both vices have a reserve which need to be met before we sell to highest bidderEvent Date: Aug 22, 2018
We are selling both of these vices so that we are able to buy coal and steel as needed. I couldn't get pictures downloaded to this site, so they are posted on the CDBA Facebook site.
The free standing vice has a reserve of $75.00 and has 4" jaws.
The other vice has jaws nearly 5" wide and the heavy base is an old barber's chair base. Jim will replace the missing spring. This one has a reserve of $100.00
"Auction" will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 during regular meeting
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Steve Waynes incredible meeting: Forging a horseshoe from bar stock using the coal forgeEvent Date: Jun 24, 2018
Steve's Demo today was stellar ! As a professional farrier for over 30 years, Steve has made and put shoes on some of the most expensive show and race horses in the country. His first demo for CDBA was over 5 years ago and today's demo was just as captivating, informative and impressive. He made a special right rear corrective shoe for a particular client horse and explained why that foot needed special elements not usually found on a typical horseshoe. Steve explained how certain shoes correct or improve action, gates, physical problems,etc. He also talked about national shoeing competitions he has been in and won, and how he used to make TWO complete shoes, ready to be put on the horse, in 20 mins. or less! Steve shared a number of other tips and fascinating tales about his long career. Steve and his wife, Heather, have recently moved to Stephentown in Rensselaer County. Here he still produces custom shoes for long time clients as well as leading a blacksmith school, called Heather's Heart Forge and School ( www. hhforge.com , 518-888-6462) where he teachers general blacksmithing and more advanced classes in making knives, axes and other interesting things, such as woodturnings! Nice guy and another terrific class.
Also, hats off to Brian Filson, Doug Shepard and Paul Crosby who came up with the idea and bought and donated to the club a belt sander for the back room. Safety rules, etc. will be formulated by Brian and Jim Moran and a donation pool will be set up so that additional sanding belts may be purchased. Neat idea. The back room expands!!
Jim has managed to get all classes covered for the classes of Albany School students at our forge. Thanks to all the volunteersEvent Date: Feb 27, 2018
THANKS TO ALL MEMBERS WHO HELPED WITH THESE CLASSES. WE REALLY NEEDED YOU!
THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR WHERE IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET ALL SPACES FILLED. PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING IN THE FUTURE WHENEVER WE HAVE TO "PAY THE RENT". OUR FUTURE USE OF THE BUILDING IS IS TIED INTO THESE CLASSES. THANKS.
2018 Normanskill Farm School Program
|Date||Grade||School||# Kids||Arrive/Depart||Teacher /CDBA Member|
|Friday, June 1||1 to 5||Doane Stuart||40||9:30/1:30||Darlene Gallagher/J.Moran|
|Monday, June 4||2nd||Pine Hills||65||9:15/1:30||Angela Jones -/- Mike Cataldo: 269-7110|
|Tuesday, June 5||3rd||Eagle Point||44||9:00/1:30||Ann Paulson/ N/A|
|Tuesday, June 5||3rd||North Albany||40||9:00/1:30||Shannon Pinkowski/ N/A|
|Wednesday, June 6||3rd||TOAST||60||9:00/1:30||Sandy/J.Moran will work with Middle Sch.|
|Thursday, June 7||2nd||Philip Schuyler||60||9:45/1:00||Latanya/ Paul Crosby:763-7296|
|Friday, June 8||2nd||TOAST||60||9:00/1:30||Marie Sokoris/Dave Peterson:573-4956|
|Monday, June 11||4th||Giffen||70||10:00/1:30||Britt Foley/Mike Cataldo|
|Tuesday, June 12||4th||Eagle Point||40||9:00/1:00||Marni Meno-/- Peter Schmidt: 439-2330|
|Wednesday, June 13||2nd||Sheridan Prep||75||9:15/1:00||Lakisha Chalmers/ Jerry Smith: 966-7487|
|Thursday, June 14||2nd||North Albany||50||9:30/1:30||Fran LoGiudice/Jim|
Friday, June 15
Tina Moor N/A
???/Gill Bullock: 877-7897