Hi, I would like to welcome you to the Northeast Blacksmiths'Association web site. Browse the links on the side or bottom of the page to get to information on educational, upcoming and past events. Our mission is to promote blacksmithing through education and sharing to all those who are interested, be they hobbist, professional or just curious and want to learn more. This is done through demonstrations, workshops and hands on training. Please check out our site, if there are any questions please contact one of our board members through the links or if there are questions or problems with the site please contact me, Larry Brown
NBA SPRING MEET 2014,
May 2, 3, 4
Our demonstrator for the Spring Meet is Tim Zowada, one of the premier knife makers in the U.S. Over the years I have seen Tim's presentations at the New England Bladesmiths Guild meetings at Ashokan, he is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in the realm of tool steels, heat treatment and bladesmithing. It doesn't hurt that his work is also beautiful! He is currently producing Damascus steel knives and straight razors as well as designing heat treating equipment.
Tim has listed the following demos and lectures he will give over the weekend:
Iron Ore Smelter Construction
Knife Grinding and Finishing
Razor Grinding and Finishing
Damascus Construction and Patterning
Basic Metallurgy for the Bladesmith
Knife and Razor Sharpening
Misc. - Guards, Handles, Business Practices
For more on Tim and his work: www.TZknives.com and on facebook - Zowada Custom Knives
As usual, don't forget to bring your latest creations and donations for the Iron-in-the-Hat lottery.
See you there
NBA President's Message Spring 2014
As we enter the New Year and Winter is winding down, it is a time to look forward to our Spring Meet at Ashokan and the ABANA conference this summer. First, though, I will take a moment to mention a few members of our Blacksmith community who have recently passed. In the last few months we have lost several people who contributed to the revival and growth of American Blacksmithing both on a national and local level: Ivan Bailey of Georgia, Alex Bealer's son-in-law, who gave a memorable demo at Ashokan in the late 1970's; Toby Hickman from California, a great smith and teacher, known for his work with large air hammers; Charlie Orlando from Belmont NY, a member of our group for many years - Charlie was a farrier with a PhD in Education, taught for many years at John C. Campbell Folk School, was on the ABANA board and helped with both ABANA conferences at Alfred NY; David Macauley, who was an active member and Chairman of the New Jersey Blacksmiths Assoc.
Now to the future, coming up August 13-16 is the ABANA conference in Harrington DE. These exciting biennial conferences move around the country. The last one was in South Dakota, so Delaware is relatively local. There are plans for about 40 demonstrators, large vendor and tailgating areas, evening activities, etc. You will have a chance to see great smiths in action, learn a heck of a lot, see an exciting gallery exhibit, catch up with friends, buy some cool stuff and more. Quite a lot to pack into 4 days. For more info on the conference, motels in the area, registration, go to:
See you in a few weeks at Ashokan and in August at Harrington,
ABANA Conference Lottery Tickets - NBA Fund Raiser:
We will be selling tickets at our May meet for the 3 ABANA conference raffles. The ticket prices are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 or 13 tickets for $10.
The 3 different lotteries are: Clay Spencer Tire Hammer - a cool power hammer; BAM Box - a wood chest with iron hardware; Nimba Titan anvil - a beautiful Italian pattern anvil.
The drawings will be held at the ABANA Conference in Harrington Delaware, which runs August 13 - 16, 2014. You need not be present to win, but are responsible for pick-up or shipment.
If you prefer to buy tickets by mail, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your order. Mail to: Jon Nedbor 496 Towpath, High Falls NY 12440
Please remember that our group, the NBA, will get 1/2 of the money collected from the raffle tickets we sell. You are supporting the NBA and ABANA as well as getting a chance to win some great items.
Craft School List
Adirondack Folk School, http://www.adirondackfolkschool.org
Center for Metal Arts, www.centerformetalarts.com
Haystack Mountain School, http://www.haystack-mtn.org
New England School of Metalwork, http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com
Peter's Valley Craft Center, http://www.petersvalley.org
Touchstone Center for Crafts, http://touchstonecrafts.org
Pennsylvania, 30 Mi west of Philadeliphia
Mr. John White of Heritage Metalworks is looking to hire a full time
blacksmith. Advanced skills are not needed but he is looking for
someone with a good understanding of the fundamentals. They are
located in Downingtown, PA. But if anyone is looking for a career change their web site is
www.heritage-metalworks.com and their number is: 610-518-3999
If you find this position filled please let me know so I can remove this announcement, Larry Brown, Webmaster
Ashokan Field Campus has changed hands and is now
"The Ashokan Center",
click to see information on this historic change!
For information on
The Ashokan Center go to,
Clean Forging Coal Now
Available at Ashokan
Stock up from this new batch
Northeast Blacksmith Association
General Facebook Page
This Facebook Page allows you to send an email to all of the members of NBA with a single address: NBA Facebook Page.
A member sent in some old pictures from a meet many years ago. See an old NBA meet and see if you recognize anybody.
If you do contact me and let me know so I can fill in some captions,
Click here for picts
Check out the 2014 Schedule Of
At Peters Valley Craft Center
These files may be large
Click here to download part 1 of the newsletter.
Click here to download part 2 of the newsletter.
Click here to download part 3 of the newsletter.
Click here to download the fall 2013 registration information.
Use Adobe Acrobat reader to open files (PDF)
To see the newsletter archive starting in Spring 2006, click HERE
To see pictures of a demonstration Jonathan Nedbor did in the Spring of 2003 for the
New Jersey Blacksmiths,
To check out the New Jersey Blacksmiths
web site click Here.
For a listing of past meets and the next meet and
demonstrator go to the Events page.
To register for the next meet and to join us visit the Join Us! page.
For information on the next forging contest and the winner
of the last meets contest, see the Forging Contest page.
For pictures of the last meet and
members gallery go the Gallery page.
To see if any members have posted articles for sale
see the Sale page.
For information on the "Hands On Workshop", click HERE!
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