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Welcome to Connecticut Blacksmith's Guild


 

Upcoming Events

Around the area

 

 

Updated 11/1/12

 

Reminder - Safety Glasses Required at all events

 


 

Date to be announced

 

 

 

 

November 2012

 

 

Sat Nov 3, 10am – 3pm

Bring a Friend Blacksmith Day

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Bridge St, Willimantic, Ct

 

Bring your own equipment and smash metal, come to talk and or bring a friend that is interested in smithing.  8 forges were fired up and working last year.

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Sat Nov 17 -18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Master Series: Forge your own Blacksmith Tongs

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, Ct

 

Class Run by Jonathan Nedbor

Class # MB2412 – Tuition $300

 

In this class we will look at three basic types of Tongs: Flat Jaw, Box Tongs and `Poz’ Tongs.  Students will start with making the basic Flat tong, and progress through the making of box and Poz tongs.  The skills we will work on while making the tongs include: shouldering, hammer welding, punching and riveting.  This class is recommended for Beginners with some forging experience to intermediate smiths.

 

A Studio/Materials fee of $45 is due at time of registration

 

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Sat. Nov 25

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

 

 

December 2012

 

 

 

Sat Dec 15-16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Blacksmithing Fireplace Tools

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd, Brookfield, Ct

 

Class Run by Matthew Parkinson

Class # MB2412 – Tuition $240

 

Create your own handmade set of Fireplace Tools, no prior blacksmithing experience needed.

 

Artisan Matthew Parkinson will guide the students from process to product over the weekend, in which students will gain a strong working knowledge of the forge and blacksmithing techniques. Each student can expect to complete a beautifully fabricated set of fireplace tools, including poker, log tongs, and ash shovel.  All of which will be made by his/her own hands.

 

A Studio/Material fee of $45 is due at time of registration.

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Sat. Dec 22

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

January 2013

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Sat. Jan 26

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

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February 2013

 

 

Sat. February 23

Winter Meet, SCM & CBG

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

SCM will provide lunch

 

Bring Items for the `Iron in the Hat’ Raffle

 

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March  2013

 

 

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TBD: Sun. March

CBG Winter Meeting

Driggs Blacksmith Shop, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Ct

1pm – 4pm

 

Bring Items for the `Iron in the Hat’ Raffle

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Sat. March 23

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

 

April    2013

 

 

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Sat. April 27

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

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May     2013

 

 

Sat. May 4

Heritage Metal Festival, 7th Annual

Ct Eastern RR Museum, Bridge St, Willimantic, Ct

Additional Demonstrators Wanted

 

Multiple metalsmiths and non-industrial demonstrators will be demonstrating on site

 

Demonstrators are allowed to take on commissions and/or do commission projects that day

 

Opening day for the Railroad Museum, so the museum will be open for tours & exploring.  For more info: www.cteastrrmuseum.org

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Fri. May 3 - Sun. May 5 (To Be Confirmed)

Spring Hammer In

Northeast Blacksmiths Association

Ashoken Field Campus, Olivebridge, Ny

 

Food & Lodging available on site.

 

For more info: http://www.northeastblacksmiths.org/

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Sat May 18, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Reenactment & Farm Days

Waldo House,

96 Waldo Rd

Baltic (Scotland), Ct 06264

 

More info contact Steve Melady: 860-228-2185 or smelady254@charter.net 

 

Demonstrators Needed to Set-up, demo and/or sell your stuff

 

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Sat May 4 – Sun May 5

Spring Show & Swap Meet

Zagray Farm, Rt 85, Colchester, Ct

 

A few CBG Members will be setting up to demonstrate that day and are looking for others to help out. 

 

For more information contact Steve Melady, 860-288-2185  smelady254@charter.net 

 

For more info on the location: www.qvea.org

 

 

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Sat. May 25

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

June    2013

 

 

 

Date TBA

Ag. Days

Intersection of Hartford Rd (Rt. 6) and Canterbury Rd (Rt. 169)

Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Brooklyn, Ct

  

We need demonstrators and talkers, if you can do both so much the better.

 

Contact Steve Melady: 860-288-2185  smelady254@charter.net  to reserve your time.

 

This call is about filling the purpose of the Guild, to educate the public about blacksmithing.

 

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Sat. June 22

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

July     2013

 

 

Thurs. July 11 – Sun. July 14

North Stonington Fair

North Stonington, Ct

 

We need demonstrators and talkers, if you can do both so much the better.

 

Contact Chip Sowalski, 860-287-5295 or hardiepritchel@sbcglobal.net to reserve your time, we need a list of volunteers ahead of time for the fair committee to get passes and insurance.  If we are unable to man the shop we will loose the site

 

This call is about filling the purpose of the Guild, to educate the public about blacksmithing.

 

Fair information can be found at: http://www.northstoningtonfair.org

 

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Sat July 20 –Sun July 21

Summer Show & Swap Meet

Zagray Farm, Rt 85, Colchester, Ct

 

A few CBG Members will be setting up to demonstrate that day and are looking for others to help out. 

 

For more information contact Steve Melady, 860-288-2185  smelady254@charter.net 

 

For more info on the location: www.qvea.org

 

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Sat. July 27

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

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August 2013

 

 

Date TBA

Age of Iron

Hancock Shaker Village, Rt 20, Pittsfield, MA

 

Sponsored by Berkshire Blacksmith Association and Hancock Shaker Village

 

15 Forges and 20 Blacksmiths working all the time and a Tailgate sales area

 

For Information or to set-up contact Nick Urquhart,

         508-867-9537 or Bob Engel 518-828-0376

 

Hancock Shaker Village information: 413-443-0188 www.hancockshakervillage.org

 

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Thurs Aug. 22 – Sun. Aug 25

Brooklyn Fair  - Demonstrators Needed

Intersection of Hartford Rd (Rt. 6) and Canterbury Rd (Rt. 169)

Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Brooklyn, Ct

 

Sixth year at this Forging demonstration location, we have 2 forging stations set-up for use in an enclosed building.

 

We need demonstrators and talkers, if you can do both so much the better.

 

Contact Steve Melady: 860-288-185  smelady254@charter.net  to reserve your time.  If you want to demonstrate, all you will need to bring are your tools, materials and display items (optional).

 

This call is about filling the purpose of the Guild, to educate the public about blacksmithing.

 

Fair information can be found at: www.brooklynfair.org

 

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Sat. Aug 24

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

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September 2013

 

 

Date TBA

10th Annual Fitchburg Blacksmith Festival

Riverside Park, Boulder Drive, Fitchburg, Ma

           is the rain date

Free Admission!

Watch blacksmiths compete for cash prizes and create useful objects by heating and forging pieces of steel.

Food and Craft vendors will be selling goods.

For more info: www.fitchburgforgein.com

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Friday-Sunday, Sept TBA

Fall Hammer In

Northeast Blacksmiths Association

Ashoken Field Campus, Olivebridge, Ny

 

For more info: http://www.northeastblacksmiths.org/

 

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Sat. Sept 28

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

 

October 2013

 

 

 

Sat. Oct 26

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

 

 

 

November 2013

 

 

Sat Nov 2, 10am – 3pm

Bring a Friend Blacksmith Day

Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Bridge St, Willimantic, Ct

 

Bring your own equipment and smash metal, come to talk and or bring a friend that is interested in smithing.  8 forges were fired up and working last year.

 

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Sat. Nov 23

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

 

 

December 2013

 

 

Sat. Dec 28

SCM Blacksmith Meeting

Strathmore St, South County Museum, Narragansett, Ri

 

For more information: www.southcountymuseum.org or call Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400

 

 

 

Reminder - Safety Glasses Required at all events

 

Club News:

 

Blacksmith Classes:

 

--Bill Senseney, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Ma,  413-354-9656
 

--Bill Scheer, Mystic Seaport Museum (classes & private lessons)           Mystic CT, 860-572-5322

       Bill also teaches at: Guilford Art Center

 

--Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT, 203-775-4526,

       www.brookfieldcraftcenter.org

 

--Derek Glaser's New England School of Metal Work, Auburn, ME, 888-753-7502 www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com

 

--Gilford Arts Center, Guilford, CT, 203-453-5947, www.guilfordartcenter.org

 

--Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Ma, 413-443-0188 www.hancockshakervillage.org

 

--John D'Abate and Jeff Ferschke at Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Lincoln, RI. Contact John at 401-724-1522, http://www.hearthsidehouse.org/hannaway/

 

--South County Museum, , RI 401-783-5400 www.southcountymuseum.org

 

--The Steel Yard, Providence, RI, 401-273-7101,   www.thesteelyard.org

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***ANYONE WANTING TO SPONSOR A MEET OR DEMONSTRATE AT A MEET***

        please contact me. YOU make it happen.
Bill Scheer, 4 Haley Street, Mystic, CT 06355, 860-536-0679 or I can be emailed here.

 

Clubs & Links

 

--Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA) www.abana.org, abana@abana.org

 

--New England Blacksmiths, www.newenglandblacksmiths.org

 

--Northeast Blacksmiths Association, nba.abana-chapter.com

 

--Berkshire Blacksmiths,

     For the newsletter mail $10 to Robert Engle, 382 West Ghent Rd, Hudson, NY 12534 or call 518-828-0376

     For more information contact Director: Nick Urquhart, 508-867-9537

 

--Capitol District Blacksmiths, www.cdblacksmiths.org

       Albany, NY area

 

--Southern Bunch

      Usually meets on the 4th Saturday of the month at the blacksmith shop at South County Museum, www.southcountymuseum.org.                

      For more information contact Jim Chrothers 401-783-5400,    

      Owen Bostrom 401-377-2611 or Fred Mikkelsen 401-647-3086

 

--Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Great Rd, Lincoln, RI http://www.hearthsidehouse.org/hannaway/

       Shop open every Saturday 8am-12pm

       For more info contact: John Scanlon, 401-724-1522

  

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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