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 40th Anniversary Convention is over. It was enjoyed by all that attended. Over 100 registered for and attended the entire event at the Columbus Ga Convention Center and at Westville Village in Lumpkin, Ga. with over 250 attending just the day at Westville Village.
Pictured here are the 8 Founding Members that returned to Westville 40 years after the event they attended there that resulted in the founding of ABANA. Left to Right: Wade Spooner, Jimmy Johnson, Daryl Meier, Mike Riegel, Ed Trout, Peter Renzetti, Ivan Bailey, and Dimitri Gerakaris