Northwest Blacksmith Association

NWBA Blacksmith Conference 2015

Date(s) - 05/15/2015 - 05/17/2015
All Day

Save the Date! The NWBA Spring Conference will be held the third weekend in May, on May 15-17, 2015. Online registration is now closed. Registration for the conference available at the conference. More info about registration here. Demonstrators at the conference will be Dennis Dusek and Frederic Crist.  The focus of the demonstrations is Sculpture. There will be many Hands-On class opportunities, a gallery to display your works, an auction fund raiser, banquet, and more. Dates: Friday May 15 through Sunday May 17, 2015 Location: Cowlitz Expo Center and NWBA Mentoring Center. About the Demonstrators:

Dennis DusekDennis Dusek, Artistic Blacksmith

Dennis Dusek was raised in and still lives in the beautiful foothills around Placerville, CA. He is currently the vice president of the California Balcksmith Association. He is perfecting his style of artistic blacksmithing and enjoys making sculptures, tools, tables, garden gates, and more. He often demonstrates and teaches blacksmithing in the vineyard blacksmith shop at Boeger winery. Dennis has an excellent striker and partner at the forge, Zane Greyson Dusek. At 7-years-old, Zane is already contributing to the art. Dennis’ most recent projects and conferences are on Facebook. Below are some photos of a mockup of a sculptural sign holder, the project that is planned for our conference demonstration. Dennis Dusek Conference Demo Project Mockup Dennis Dusek Conference Demo Project Mockup 2 Dennis Dusek Conference Project Mockup


Frederic CristFrederic Crist, Metalsmith:

I am a full time artist working in mutiple disciplines; sculpture, photography and blacksmithing. Each discipline enriches the other and allows me unending ideas and directions of the work. I graduated from Philadelphia College in 1977 and have been producing and exhibiting objects ever since. My work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US & Canada. More information can be found on my website: Here are some mockups for the sculptural project that Fred has planned for his demonstration at the conference (subject to change at the artist’s whim).


Frederic Crist sculpture project Frederic Crist sculpture project detail

Hands-On Class Schedule

Friday, May 15th:
9:00-12:00 Forging Barbeque Set by Steve McGrew
1:00-4:00 Forging the Italian Leaf by Lisa Geertsen

Saturday, May 16th:

9:00-12:00 Origami in Steel & Copper by Kellan Bateham
1:00-4:00 Folded Scrolls, Collared & Riveted by Scott Szloch

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Cowlitz Expo Center and NWBA Mentoring Center

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