The Western States Conference was revived by the Northwest Blacksmith Association in 2011 after a break of almost 30 years. This year the California Blacksmith Association has taken up the torch and is hosting the conference, titled “Forging on the Faultline,” in Hollister, California, in tandem with their annual Spring Conference for 2015.

The conference will be held at Bolado Park, AKA the San Benito County fairgrounds, located on Highway 25 south of Hollister. Hwy 25 also leads to the recently-designated Pinnacles National Park. Nearby is Monterey Bay, which includes the beaches and surf breaks of Santa Cruz, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, and is the gateway to the magnificent Big Sur coastline to the south. There is a lot to see and do in the area before and after the conference.

Forging Contest

Team and Individual forging competition; final theme and regulations to be posted Feb, 15th


Schedule and Information

Gallery, Accommodations and Extra Activities


There will be gallery space again this year. Bring whatever you want to show off. We want to see what you have made, from your first class project to that award-winning sculpture. The Gallery will also feature an exhibition of hand drawings of projects designed and completed by E.A. Chase - this is the first time that they have been shown as a group in public


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Extra Activities

More to come...