Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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ABANA 2020


ABANA 2020 schedule

Event 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.

Conference Pricing

Before April 1st 2020

Member Registration = $295

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Spouse Registration = $75

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Child Registration = $35

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Non-Member Registration = $355

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Non-Member Spouse Registration = $90

You will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Day Passes

Single Day - Member = $95

Single day - Spouse or Child = $30

Single day Non-Member = $110

Saturday Dinner = $15

You can purchase this dinner separately for Saturday - single day attendees

After March 31st 2020

Member Registration = $345

Will not come with t-shirt

Member Spouse = $100

Will not come with t-shirt

Non-Member Registration = $415

Will not come with t-shirt

Non-Member Spouse Registration = $120

Will not come with t-shirt

Extra Goodies

T-Shirt = $25.68

ABANA Lapel Pin = $4.28

Conference Hat = $23.54

2020 Conference Mini Anvil = $28.89

Slack-Tub Bourbon

Laser Etched - two liter = $85.60

This is a Commemorative Cask

Reserve your bottle of Slack-Tub = $1

Just visit the Springbrook Distillery at the Blacksmith Arms Pub when you arive to make your purchase. Cost is $44 for empty Cask or $84 for the cask filled.


4 day - RV/Trailer = $152

This includes Water/Electric/Graywater

4 day - RV/Trailer = $128

includes Water/Electric

Additional day RV/Trailer = $32/$38

Must have purchased 4 day camping

4 day stay in the Bunkhouse = $100

This is an on site Bunkhouse

Tent Camping per day = $20

No water, no electric, pitch your own tent.

Conference Location

Washington County Fairgrounds

392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich, NY 12834

Registration Contact: Karen Sims

Please call 1-860-300-0013 or email

Registration is now open
Register Now

Sept. Meeting


Your requests

Event Date: Sep 29, 2019 Noon to 4PM
Jim Moran

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


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.