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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For more information about membership
337 Rope Ferry Rd.
Waterford, CT 06385
Some of the benefts of becoming an NEB
- A great
newsletter that includes:
- Two Bi-Annual Meets:
- 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
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.
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.
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
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!
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:
Reps, are listed in the newsletter and on the contacts page of the web
site, they are a great source of information and insight.
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
The Swage Block for members is
The Cone for members is $65.
The Fire Pot & the Clinker Breaker
are for members $205.
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.