Please mark your calendars for September 21st and 22nd for this years PBA Fall Conference with an optional 2-day workshop on Monday and Tuesday September 23rd and 24th.

Cost for attending one day of the Conference is $60, both days of the Conference are $100. The cost of the optional 2-day workshop is $150. The 2-day workshop is limited in space so register early.

The Conference will be held at the Trails and Rails Museum blacksmith shop (710 W. 11th St. Kearney, NE 68845).

The demonstrator for the Conference is Garrett Elting. He will be demonstrating Blades and Damascus (pattern welding).

Garrett has been blade-smithing for about five years. He and his father started Steel Pig Forge in early 2014 after his return from four years of service in the Marine Corps. “After two deployments and four years from home, it was nice to reconnect with my dad over a common interest that we both enjoy. My favorite part about making blades is forging the steel. Being able to manipulate bars of steel into patterns and shapes, then forging it into knives is very rewarding. Forging is a sort of therapy for me; it calms me and clears my mind. I want to be able to share with other veterans and anyone that wants to learn.”
Oh yeah, I should mention Garrett was on Forged in Fire!

Camping is available on site. But there are no RV hook-ups.

Meals will be on your own, at local café, or arranged by those in attendance.

Student should arrange to have tools to use for the workshop.

For registration forms, please click the link below.

There is also a link for information about the museum.

We will have Iron in the Hat, so please bring an item for the auction.

Bring your work to display in the gallery and let everyone see your efforts

Hope to see you there.

3 pm​   Iron in the Hat Auction followed by​BoardMeeting

June 3

8 am ​Church

9 pm ​Chain Welding ​​​​​Matt O’Callaghan

12:00​ Lunch

1 pm​Knife forged from rasp​​​​Dan Brockman

Lunches will be cold sandwiches, (ham, turkey, roast beef) Chips, Ice Tea, pop, and water.

Camping is available on the grounds Friday and Saturday. There is a seven dollar fee for electricity (only  if you need it).