WHO ARE WE?
The KBA was formed twenty years ago by a group of people interested in various aspects of blacksmithing.
The KBA is a regional group, and an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA), the world’s largest organization of blacksmiths.
Originally composed of members living in the Kootenay region of south-east British Columbia, Canada, the group now has about 45 members ranging from the Okanagan region of BC to southern Alberta.
Our members range from full-time professional smiths, part-time smiths, and hobbyists. Membership is open to all!
We meet officially twice a year, in the spring and fall, and occasionally a one-day hammer-in will take place among members living close together.
Our next event will be the 2016 Spring Conference on May 7th and 8th, at Kootenay Forge in Crawford Bay. See “upcoming events” page.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!
Yes, Kootenay Blacksmiths Association was 20 years old last year. We celebrated at our Spring Conference in May with this big, beautiful (and yummy!) cake.
Most Recent Event: Newell on Tool (Steel)
“The fall meeting of the KBA was held at Fernie Forge, in Hosmer, BC, 17 October 2015. President Doug Newell presented a lecture-demo entitled Tool Steels and Heat Treating for Blacksmiths”.
Doug used flip chart, websites, U-Tube videos and a heat-treating demonstration to cover the following subjects:
1 Tool Steel Types, their metallurgy and uses.
2 Tool Steels for Blacksmithing Tools
3 Scrap Tool Steels for Blacksmithing Tools
4 Forging Tool Steel
5 The Heat Treating Process (Steel Phases)
6 Annealing, Hardening and Tempering Tool Steels
A full description of the lecture including charts and websites will appear in the Winter-Spring Hammer Marks.
FROM AN EARLIER EVENT.
Here is a picture of the table that was auctioned in November 2009 to benefit the Sundre Public Library.
Members at the fall conference that year made the components on the Sunday and it was assembled the following week by Chris Waters.
Barry McElheeny of Sundre supplied the pine top.
Follow-up to the table project:
“The Sundre Library would like to thank the KBA for their contribution to the Tables for Tales charity auction. It raised $400.00 for the library. The funds raised during the event will go to improving literature inventories. Thank-you again”.