CBA Oktoberfest weekend with my girls

I spent last weekend with my friends and family at the California Blacksmith Ass. Oktoberfest. We had a great time talking shop, drinking, eating, sitting by the fire and forging metal. I love this group of people. I’m glad to see as I grow older there is still a place for my daughter to camp and play with a group of people just like when I was a kid. DIY is how you get things done for most of these smiths. Thanks!

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Zolie Making a point for her marshmallow skewer with dad Rich and Grandpa Joe


Zolie putting a double twist on her skewer


Safety 3rd on the trilobite with an anvil helmet


Big boy toys.

I’ve taken the trilobite to Burning Man, Handcar Regatta with lots of kids, but CBA blacksmith’s were by far the most play hard group of all.dsc_0052Andy was our demonstrator for the weekend  and put us all to shame with his hard work despite our attempts to calm him with our home brewed concoctions.

California Blacksmithing Oktoberfest Oct 2-4th 2009

I spent the weekend setting this up for the coming weekend and I think it will be a blast. If your interested in smithing or metal work this is a great place to hone your skills and meet some new people.


Set up crew at the spot Jimmy passed away last year.

Pictures of our weekend

October 2 – 4, 2009 at the Hagist Ranch, Cazadero CA

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Andrew Dohner has 10 years experience as an industrial welder and fabricator as well as extensive background as a journeyman blacksmith.  His journey has included opportunities to work in several shops and given him a diverse education culminating in a unique approach to forging steel.  He has taught classes and conducted several demonstrations.  His more recent work has been exhibited in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.  He produces functional architectural pieces including furniture, lighting and hardware.

CBA’s Oktoberfest takes place the first weekend of October every year at Frtiz Hagist’s Ranch in the beautiful coastal hills north of Cazadero. The weekend is filled with great food and friends, the occasional pyromania and of course some of the best blacksmithing around.

Blacksmithing at its best!

Wonderful weekend with the CA Blacksmiths. Here are just a few of the highlights of my trip.


Way past Midnight Madness with some of the best smiths in the world and the Golden Mean!

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My daughter’s first point!             Da Boyz salute to Jimmy!

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Boiler Bar!                                      Steve Bondi’s work

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