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Membership

Joining the New England Blacksmiths costs just $30 (US & Canadian) per year.
We publish 4 newsletters and host two meets a year. Benefits details are listed below.

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New England Blacksmiths Membership Form

For more information about membership contact:

Karen Sims
Membership Coordinator
337 Rope Ferry Rd.
Waterford, CT 06385
karensims@gmail.com

Some of the benefts of becoming an NEB member are:

  - A great newsletter that includes:

  • 4 quarterly additions filled with stories of recent and upcoming events
  • Tips from blacksmiths present in New England and from around the world
  • Other items of interest to those of us steeped in the craft
- Two Bi-Annual Meets:
There are blacksmith get togethers we call “Meets”, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. These Meets are 3-day conferences held around New England and hosted by groups of members for the further promotion of Blacksmithing. The usual format for a Meet is setting up at noon on Friday with lots of opportunity to network and get hammer time with an experienced smith in the beginner work area we call “green coal.” The green coal area is staffed and usually runs through the entire weekend. Friday evening is generally dedicated to a slide show and talk from the featured demonstrator.  Saturday is a day of demonstration from the featured demonstrator, who routinely is a nationally known blacksmith. There is equipment for sale in the tailgating area.  The Meet features a gallery where members can showcase their work to their peers, as well as a raffle of member donated items called “Iron in the Hat.” On Saturday evening, there is a dinner, our business meeting, the raffle, and a general air of good feelings and camaraderie. Sunday rounds out the weekend with continued demos. We typically start to break down around noon. Be sure to enjoy this weekend immersion in blacksmithing.

      - Educational Opportunities:

Membership also includes reduced cost educational opportunities. There are scheduled events throughout the region, as well as, regular programs held at our teaching center in Brentwood, NH. The Brentwood facility is a timber frame shop with multiple forging stations.  There is an open forge event here the last Saturday of every month – except the winter months of Dec. Jan. & Feb. The facility is available to members on weekends when workshops or lessons are scheduled (See Upcoming Events Section) or by appointment.

There are similar events in other areas that may be closer to you, hosted by affiliated groups. They are listed in the newsletters and on the web site, http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.com/.

      - Networking:     

NEB hosts a group e-mail list with Yahoo that is a great resource. It is an e-mail forum shared by many members. This is a place to ask questions and get solid answers. Looking for a specific piece of equipment, advice on forging bronze, or  trying to figure out a finish for a recently completed project?  For answers to these questions and many more sign up for the NEB list.  As a member all you need to do is contact the NH rep. Marc Godbout, listed in your newsletter and he can get you set up.

At events you get to talk to other blacksmiths about your projects and find solutions from experience you never imagined possible - amazing what       experience has to offer!

- Scholarships:

Another benefit for members is our offer for a reimbursable educational scholarship up to $500.00 to attend blacksmithing classes, of which there are many. See the web site for an application and for more information.

- State Representatives:

Your State Reps, are listed in the newsletter and on the contacts page of the web site, they are a great source of information and insight.

- Tailgating:

At meets you have the opportunity to purchase tools from vendors and other blacksmiths to set up your shop the way you'd like.

- Cast Iron Products:

The NEB offers Cast Iron swage blocks, firepots, and anvil cones for sale (to everyone) - Members basically get these items at cost. For non-members, each item is an additional $25.

The Swage Block for members is $170.

          

The Cone for members is $65.

           

The Fire Pot & the Clinker Breaker are for members $205.

            

The Tuyere (not pictured) is fabricated, not cast. The price for members is $65.


More on Shipping & Pick up: Bob Menard does ship out of  his location in Maine. New England shipping costs are listed above with the items. Shipping outside New England would be more depending on distance.  For shipping arrangements - contact our vice president 
Bob Menard, 56 Warren Ave. Suite 106, Portland, ME 04103-1174
or e-mail at:   ballandchainforge@yahoo.com

If you're attending a meet or hammer in at Morrell Metalsmiths, the Brentwood Teaching Center, or Ball and Chain Forge in Portland Maine - arrangements can be made to pick these cast items up at these points when available.


Non - members can buy these cast iron products - but the cost is $25 more on each product.

 

 

 

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