ABANA is dedicated to perpetuating the noble art of blacksmithing. A blacksmith is one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil. ABANA encourages and facilitates the training of blacksmiths; disseminates information about sources of material and equipment; exposes the art of blacksmithing to the public; serves as a center of information about blacksmithing for the general public, architects, interior designers, and other interested parties.
The ABANA 2014 Conference will held at the
Delaware States Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware
Aug 13-16, 2014
Avoid the $50.00 Late Fee by registering by June 30, 2014
Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware
(Red Outline Shows Conference Area)
2. Indoor Vendors/Registration/Meeting /Auction
3. Outside Vendor /Tailgating Pavillion
4. Tailgating/Vendor Space
5. Camping Grove (Additional camping is available on fairgrounds to left(south) of Conference Area)
6. Demonstration Tents
We are working on a slate of demonstrations that will reflect the theme of the conference, and are in discussions with smiths from South America, the UK, and Europe, as well as the US, including the Colonial Williamsburg Smiths, and the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths. We are striving to have a variety of demonstrators covering a wide range of styles using tools from hand hammers to forging presses and power hammers; an iron smelt; and copper- and silver- smiths. Our hope is that the only attendees we might not be able to please will be those that want to see everything! As demonstrator details are confirmed, their demonstrations will be posted on the ABANA website.
Mark Asprey and Darryl Nelson will be heading the Teaching Tent with an expanded format that will give more attendees the opportunity to participate in this well-received program.
Vendors and Tailgating
There will be indoor vendor spaces in air conditioned comfort with tables and chairs where attendees can take a break from the heat, make connections with other attendees, reminisce with old friends, and make new ones. Outdoor vendors and tailgaters on an as available basis will be housed in a large pavillion. Tailgaters and outdoor vendors operating power hammers etc. will be on an adjacent parking lot.
We will have a variety of seminars on blacksmithing related topics in rooms around the grounds.
We are planning to have Arts and Crafts projects available.
Iron In The Hat
What would a conference be without Iron in the Hat? 2014 ABANA Conference will once again be having the Iron-in-the-Hat fundraiser for our educational mission. We have secured three big ticket items for the conference, a Clay Spencer Tire Hammer made and donated by Clay; a Nimba Titan 120 lb Anvil donated by Nimba Anvils; and a BAM box made and donated by Pat McCarty. Please consider making a donation of quality, well-made tools to fill the box.
Save $50.00 by registering before January 15, 2014