Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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Mike's Compound! Sunday's meeting


Wonderful time at Mike and Ashley Catalado's new shop.

Event Date: Feb 27, 2018

What a fantastic time. Mike can throw a party, and what a party it was. Ashley and her daughter kept bringing out the food - from cold cuts to hot dogs and hamburgers and so much more! What gracious and generous hosts Members, this was the exception, do not expect such treatment at Pat's forge!!

Mike's new 60"+ x 30'+ shop is a dream come true for Mike and Ashley. What a wonderful space. The overall property, shop, house, 5+ acres etc. will be a great place for the Cataldo family to grow (as we were told it is about to - congratulations!) and to produce many other neat and creative things.

The Skull bottle opener demo was interesting and beautifully done. Dave is a master and precise blacksmith - not a wasted hammer blow. Good teacher as well.

The anchor forging was incredible. Didn't expect it to be so large - believe the shaft was around 2 1/2" . Incredibly labor intensive and Steve and Co. worked on this for hours and did a beautiful job. See the cdblacksmith's Facebook page - Paul posted there a number of pictures and videos.


ABANA web site

Posted: Feb 9, 2018

I just found that we all can share the Anvils Ring and The Hammers Blow. Just go to the web site: ( then for the Ring enter) /back-issues-anvils-ring ( or) /hammers-blow

The CDBA is a member of ABANA


Feb.25 Off Site. See narrative


Feb. meeting at Mike Cataldo's NEW Aggressive Metalworks shop in Central Bridge

Event Date: Feb 25, 2018 12-4
Mike Cataldo


Aggressive Metalworks
1485 Grovenors Corners RD, Central Bridge rd, NY 12035
click here for directions

Mike has moved his home shop from Colonie to Central Bridge and set up Aggressive Metalworks in new splender! Only problem, no more of his Mom's cookies! See the Facebook posting also.

The Address: 1485 Grovenors Corners Rd., Central Bridge, NY 12035. You would be wise to Google the address. There are many ways to get there: I88 south to rte 30a or rte. 20 to 30a at Sloansville to Grovenrs, etc.

Mike has plans for a team to forge a "large" boat anchor -probably one big enough for the Mayflower! And a special guest smithy, Dave Kurdyle will forge a skull, something most of the members have been clamoring for over the years, or was that just Mike!! Anyway, should be a terrific time with lots to learn as was so at every event Mike held at his Colonie digs. Just wish his soul mate would take Mom's place and bake up a batch - for old times sake!!!



Radio Friday 1/19/18 FM 105.3


The Radio program on 105.3 about CDBA

Posted: Jan 19, 2018

Noah and Paul did a great job talking about blacksmithing and promoting our CDBA. I feel fantastic that we have members that can carry our group into the future. I'm not hanging up my hammer, but I now know we will continue. Thanks


CDBA on Radio Friday


Paul and Noah on 105.3 FM this Friday @ 6PM, (Jan 20)

Event Date: Jan 16, 2018

Paul Crosby and The CDBA will be joining Noah Khoury on WOOC 105.3 FM on The Hudson Mohawk Magazine radio show this Friday night from 6-7pm. Please tune in and help support the art of Blacksmithing!

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