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.
Central Office Administrator - JoAnn Bentley
The Central Office of ABANA handles the day to day business of the organization answering inquiries, providing member benefits, processing membership requests,website maintenance, supporting affiliates, and serving as the hub of communication for the ABANA Board of Directors.>
JoAnn F Bentley comes to this position with a strong background in business administration, including a Business Administration Degree from James Madison University and 30 years of service as Executive in the U. S. Department of Education.
JoAnn has also owned and operated a 501(c)3 Educational Non-Profit involved in blacksmithing demonstrations in Pennsylvania as well as a retail Blacksmith Shoppe in Tennessee selling items made by numerous blacksmiths including Dan Boone and Doug Merkel. She has been a hobby blacksmith for ten years and has taken several blacksmith classes at John C. Campbell's Folk Art School. She is a member of several ABANA Affiliates, where she has assisted with their regional event registrations and has published several articles in their newsletters.
JoAnn currently lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee with her husband, former ABANA Board Member, Lance Davis.
JoAnn looks forward to assisting ABANA with it's mission of preserving and promoting the art and craft of blacksmithing; making a commitment to provide excellent service, honesty and integrity in the performance of her duties as the ABANA Central Office Adminstrator.
Central Office Contact Information
ABANA Central Office
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Phone: (423) 913-1022
Fax: (423) 913-1023
Email: ABANA Central Office