| Upcoming NJBA Meet Dates:
| Mon-Sun, Aug. 7-13
Middlesex Co. Fair.
NJBA will once again demonstrate at the Middlesex Co. Fair. Contact NJBA Director Bruce Freeman if you're interested in participating. (Perks!: nearby parking and free entry to Fair." Please provide an email link to facilitate responses.
| Sunday, September 17th
10:00am - 4:00pm
|| Red Mill Tool Swap/Picnic,
Our annual picnic and tailgate sale at the Red Mill, Clinton, NJ. (See next newsletter for more details.)
| Sept. (date TBD)
|| Meet at the Shop of the Blacksmith of Trenton. This is not an NJBA event. The date will not conflict with the Red Mill event. (See next newsletter for more details.)
| Saturday in Autumn Oct or Nov?
|| Anvil Repair Workshop
NJBA is considering holding another anvil-repair workshop. Contact NJBA Director Al Mottram if interested
| Oct or Nov?
||During school day
|| MAST Open Forge Event.
MAST would still like NJBA to run an open forge meet for their students. We would need six folks to help tend the fires. Contact Bruce Freeman if interested in helping.
The Marine Academy of Science and Technology
(Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook)
Middlesex County Fair
August 7th through the 13th ,
4H grounds, East Brunswick
We will again be participating in the Middlesex Co. Fair. We will need help setting up
at least two forges on Monday, Aug. 7th at around 4 PM (but there still may be some set-up work to do if you can't get there that early). This time, we'll be using lightweight equipment, so set-up and break-down will not be as onerous as it was using the NJBA trailer.
If you can participate in this event, please contact Bruce Freeman in advance to arrange to get a free-admission pass (and maybe even a parking pass for nearby parking). All smiths are encouraged to attend. This is a wonderful fair to attend and is great opportunity for the entire family.
The fair hours are
Monday-Friday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Directions: From the north, take New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 9 for Route 18 south. Proceed to Cranbury Road exit. Follow Cranbury Road south to Fern Road. Fairgrounds is on your right. Parking attendants on the grounds will direct you to parking areas in our Fern Road, Cranbury Road, and Dunhams Corner Road parking areas.
From the south, take New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 8A for Cranbury Road. Turn right at Cranbury Road light and follow Cranbury Road. Fairgrounds is on your left. Parking attendants on the grounds will direct you to parking areas in our Fern Road, Cranbury Road, and Dunhams Corner Road parking areas.
For further information please contact Bruce Freeman,
HAMMER-IN & TOOL SWAP
At the Red Mill Museum Village
Sunday, September 17th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Red Mill Museum Village
Sunday, September 17th from 10am-4pm
Red Mill Museum Village 56 Main Street,
Clinton, New Jersey 08809
The Red Mill Museum Village resident
blacksmiths Robert Bozzay and Dave Ennis
will host the event.
The day's activities will center at the museum's blacksmith forge where members of NJBA, some who are local blacksmiths, will be forging in the Red Mill shop. Smiths will also be working and demonstrating on portable forges set up along the riverbank. Blacksmiths' work will be available for purchase and creating an individual's specific project can be explored as well.
The New Jersey Blacksmith Association is a group dedicated to the promotion of the art and craft of blacksmithing, Members are active throughout the state teaching, demonstrating at events and fairs as well as being resident smiths at a variety of historic sites in NJ, DE, NY, and PA. This is a good chance to ask one for more information- smiths always enjoy talking about blacksmithing.
Tool dealers and collectors are invited to tailgate along the riverside to sell and swap their blacksmithing tools and accessories. Among the items to be found will be anvils, blowers, forges, vises, hammers, and tongs, some quite old.
Visitors who have "what is it?" objects cluttering up the garage can bring them along and members of NJBA will be glad to identify them.
NJBA will have it annual picnic BBQ lunch, members are encouraged to bring side dishes
The Red Mill's admission for the day's activities is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, active military and veterans, and $6 for children (6-12). Free for NJBA members, children under 6, museum members.. Included in the price is admission to the museum's historic buildings, grounds, and exhibits, with a guided tour included with admission offered at 2 p.m.
For more information contact the museum at 908-735-4101, ext. 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested blacksmiths can contact David Ennis at (908) 713-1679.
Red Mill Museum; Take exit 15 on I-78 onto old route 22 going North (routes 513 and 173), make a left onto main street before bridge. Museum straight ahead.
Date TBD, check back
MAST Event. The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook) has asked NJBA to hold an open forge meet for their high school junior class of 70 students. (8 AM to 2:30 PM on a weekday, probably before the end of April.) This is not a meet open to NJBA members generally, but we are soliciting additional blacksmiths to assist. Contact NJBA Director Bruce Freeman for further information.
Autumn at Marshall's Farm
If we get enough interest, we will be holding another of our famous participatory workshops. Price per anvil likely to be $125, but may be more or less depending upon the condition of the anvil.
Contact NJBA Director Al Mottram if interested.
Outside NJBA Meets