Upcoming Events

Upcoming NJBA Meet Dates:
May 20th, 11-5   Walnford Park
Saturday, May 26, 2018. Advanced Damascus Workshop,
with Mark Morrow at Marshalls Farm
Saturday June 9th
Anvil Repair Workshop
NJBA is holding another anvil-repair workshop. Contact NJBA Director Al Mottram if interested
CANCELLED untill there are more participants
PCCM Open Forge Meet Princeton University
More info below
Mon-Sun, Aug. 6-12   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, August 19th
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.)


Non-NJBA Meets

May 21st, 11:00 - 5:00, Meet at Walnford Park

Sunday, May 21 is Walnford day at Historic Walnford Park, 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ. This is always a nice day. The mill and the historic home will be open for tours, and there will be various crafts demonstrations, many of them hands on. (Blacksmithing is hands-on only for NJBA volunteer demonstrators.) NJBA Director Bruce Freeman will bring one or two forging stations (depending upon whether anyone else plans to demonstrate). He'll be setting up around 10 AM (for a demonstration running from 11 AM to 5 PM) and would welcome assistance or other demonstrators. Contact Bruce if you'd like to help demonstrate, or just stop by the park and visit.

The restored gristmill will be running, and there will be other exhibits, too. NJBA's trailer will be there with our fly and forges but feel free to bring your own if you would like. I do not believe we are encouraged to sell our wares but they sure can be on display, so bring some of your work to put on the table (along with your business card.)

Historic Walnford is the 36 acre Historic District at the heart of Crosswick Creek Park. This country estate and former mill village provides a window to view more than a century of social, technological, and environmental history in Western Monmouth County.

The site includes a large home built for the Waln Family in 1774, an 1879 Carriage House, and assorted outbuildings and farm structures. Much of the site's interpretation is connected to the newly restored and operating late 19th century Gristmill.

· NJ Turnpike to Exit 7A, (I-195 east). Follow I-195 to Exit 8 (Allentown, Rt. 524/539). Turn South onto Rt. 539 through Allentown (Rt. 539 requires a left turn where it splits from Rt. 524). Follow Rt. 539 to Holmes Mill Rd. Turn right. Follow to Walnford Rd. Turn right and follow 1 mile to Park.

· Rt. 9 to Freehold (West Main Street/Rt. 537 east exit). Northbound, turn left at exit; southbound, turn right at exit. Follow Rt. 537 west to Rt. 539. Turn right onto Rt. 539 west. Follow Rt. 539 west to Burlington Path. Turn left; follow to Holmes Mill Rd. Turn right; follow to Walnford Rd. Turn left and follow 1 mile to park.

Knifemaking and Damascus Workshops
This Spring at Marshall's Farm

Knifemaking and Damascus Workshops led by professional swordsmith and NJBA Director Mark Morrow.
Each of these three workshops (See “Upcoming Events”) is limited to 6 participants.
The fee for each is $150 (and your $20 membership dues payable at workshop, if you haven’t already paid). A $35-$50 material fee (depending upon the workshop) is due when registering & reserving your place in the workshop.
Note: Tasks performed at these workshops are limited to the projects being taught and no other.

Contact NJBA Director Mark Morrow for further information and to register. Tailgate sales welcome.

CANCELLED Anvil-repair Workshop.
June 9th at Marshall's Farm

CANCELLED untill there are more participants
NJBA will be holding another of our famous participatory anvil-repair workshops on May 12, 2018. The price per anvil will be $150 for ordinary repairs on edges, faces, and hardy hole, but additional charges may be assessed, depending upon the size and condition of the anvil.

Participants will be expected to assist with the work involved. Participants should expect to have to grind the excess weld bead on their anvils themselves.

Instruction in these tasks will be available.

Contact NJBA Director Al Mottram com if you are interested.
Please provide high resolution photos of your anvil edges, top, each side and bottom so we can estimate your repair costs.

Assistance from nonparticipating members is also welcomed. Come see how we fix anvils! Tailgate sales welcome.

PCCM Open Forge for students at Princeton University

July 7th 9:00am - 5:00pm

PCCM Open Forge Meet

Princeton U. may host a summer open-forge meet for students. Volunteers are solicited to help.
Contact NJBA Director Ryan Amos if you would like to assist.

Middlesex County Fair

August 6th through the 12th ,
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. 6th 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.
Bruce Freeman
For further information please contact Bruce Freeman,

At the Red Mill Museum Village

Sunday, August 19th, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Red Mill Museum Village
Sunday, August 19th 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 programs@theredmill.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.

Outside NJBA Meets