The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA)


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.

BusinessABANA Board

The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc. (ABANA) is run by a board of 15 directors elected by the membership. These elected volunteers serve as officers, committee chairpersons and members of committees. Five of the 15 directors are elected each year for a three-year term.

Business meetings of the ABANA Board are held annually near the 15th of November. On the even years, an additional meeting is held at the ABANA international conference in typically June or July. Between meetings, business is conducted by phone, mail, fax, and email.

ABANA 2015 Board of Directors

PeterREnzetti Amy Pieh David Hutchison

2nd Vice President

1st Vice President


Peter Renzetti (2017)

Amy Pieh (2016)

David Hutchison (2015)

1897 Chance Road

661 Howards Rd Suite J

31834 Geib Rd

Clayton, DE 19938

Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Cordova, Maryland 21625







Peter Renzetti

Amy Pieh

David Hutchison

EddieRainey Mark Haddix Bill Clemens

Secretary Pro-Tem

Secretary(Temporarily Absent)


Eddie Rainey (2017)

Mark Haddix (2016)

Bill Clemens (2015)

350 Grape Creek Rd

3709 Innshore Drive

160 2nd Street

Milner, GA 30257

Moss Point, MS 39562

New Columbia, PA 17856



Cell: 570-239-6439

Eddie Rainey

Mark Haddix

Bill Clemens

Tina Chisena Ray Nager Jack Parks


Tina Chisena (2017)

Ray Nager (2016)

Jack Parks (2015)

4402 Clearfield Road

867 Morning Star Dr.

PO Box 394

Silver Spring, MD 20906-4609

Lakeland, FL 33810

Piedmont, SD 57769




Cell: 240-271-6248

Tina Chisena

Ray Nager

Jack Parks

Bruce Jarrell Yancey Davis Kirk Sullens

Bruce Jarrell (2017)

Yancey Davis (2016)

Kirk Sullens (2015)

305 A West Haven Drive

96 Bleeker Ln

18848 US Hwy 441, #184

Severna Park, Md, 21146

Fairview, NC 27030

Mount Dora, FL 32757




Bruce Jarrell

Yancey Davis

Kirk Sullens

John Elliott Bill Robertson John Fee

John Elliott (2017)

Bill Robertson (2016)

John Fee (2015)

P O Box 3766

533 Gregg Avenue

1843 A Indian Hills Rd

Chester, VA 23831-9469

Bridgeville, PA 15017

Painted Post, NY 14870




John Elliott

Bill Robertson

John Fee

ABANA Board Elections

Each year 5 board members are elected for a 3 year term. 

To run for election, one is required to be an ABANA member in good standing and provide the following:

• A nominating petition signed by at least 10 ABANA members,
• A photograph
• A candidate statement

Submitted to the central office by the deadline date: April 15

All candidates who meet this deadline will be listed on the official ballot form.

All candidates statements will be published on this web site as they are available.
Candidates meeting all the criteria above by the Apr 15 editorial deadline for the magazine will also have candidates statements published in the Anvil's Ring.


April 15, 2015: Nominations deadline - Candidate's statements will be published in Vol 44 No 3 Summer 2015 Anvil's Ring

With only 4 candidates for the 5 positions by the 15 April Election Deadline, in accordance with the bylaws they will be declared board members effective at the board meeting in November. The board will fill the remaining position by appointment. The candidate statements for the four new board members follow

To aid in finding candidates to fill the remaining seat, we are seeking interested members. Just as for the election, submit a statement telling us about yourself, what you can do to help ABANA, and send along a high resolution 2MB jpeg headshot. Send it by email or in writing to the ABANA Central Office by 1 Aug 2015. The individual appointed will be notified and have his picture and statement published in the Fall AR. This appointee will also assume his duties on the board at the November 2015 Board Meeting in Salt Lake City

2015 ABANA Board Candidate Statements

Bill Banker

William (Bill) Banker, New York

First I would like to present my experience. I have been an ABANA member for more than twenty years and have attended nine ABANA conferences. I was a member of the Board for the 1996 ABANA conference held in Alfred, New York. I have taken five week long classes at the John C. Campbell Folkschool in the blacksmith shop. Also I have served as President, Forgemaster, Instructor, and demonstrator for the New York State Designer Blacksmiths. Over the years I have enjoyed the benefits ABANA has provided including education and camaraderie and I would to give back, by serving on the ABANA Board, to make sure that ABANA continues to provide these benefits to the Blacksmithing world.

John Fee

John Fee, New York

My name is John Fee and I'm running for a position on the ABANA board of directors. I am currently a board member because I was asked to fill a position that had become vacant. I am the chairman of the sales committee and a member of the elections committee. And I was in charge of the tailgating and helped with the camping at the last ABANA conference in Delaware. I accepted the job because I like how the present board has turned ABANA around and is going in the right direction, and I want to be a part of it. Our membership has gone from around 3,000 a few years ago to about 4,000 today, and I hope to help grow it even more.

Kirk Sullens

Kirk Sullens, Florida
I was appointed two years ago to fill an empty board position for ABANA. I feel this board has been very positive, and everyone on it has the best interests of ABANA members at heart, though we don't always agree on how to reach our goals. I hope I'm influencing things in a positive way. If you feel I should, I'll continue in this position for another term. There's a quote from A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner that I use to explain how I feel about my art. It illustrates how creativity comes from inside you, and from your perspective on the world, and how difficult it is to convey that "way of looking at things" to someone else: "Well, I sort of made it up," said Pooh. "It isn't Brain," he went on humbly, "because You Know Why*, Rabbit; but it comes to me sometimes." "Ah!" said Rabbit, who never let things come to him, but always went and fetched them. *For those of you unfamiliar with Winnie the Pooh (the real Milne Pooh, and not the Disney version), "why" is because Pooh is a Bear of Very Little Brain. That's how it is, with me. I don't know what it is, but it comes to me sometimes.

Herb Upham

Herb Upham, California
I would like to be considered to fill an opening on the ABANA Board of Directors. I am currently serving the blacksmithing community as secretary of the California Blacksmith Association. I have served three terms as CBA president, helping to bring CBA's conferences and operating budget to a position of solid financial footing. Working with our conference coordinators, we have improved the affordability and organization of CBA conferences to reach more CBA members. As a CBA member and an appointed instructor of the CBA education program, I have been teaching smithing skills to CBA members through our volunteer instructor program for 15 years. I have attended most of the ABANA conferences since 1986 as well as several Affiliate conferences and events in the USA and Europe, co-authoring several articles for the CBA magazine describing my experiences in Western and Eastern Europe. I have 42 years of organization and management experience in the electronics industry, including managing employees remotely in various countries. I am well versed in various electronic communications, their shortfalls and their benefits. I would like to bring my experience in conference design, organization, communication and management to ABANA's board. My passion is to make high quality information and learning opportunities available to smiths of all levels in an affordable way and to encourage and inspire both new and experienced smiths to learn new skills and teach where appropriate. I believe my experience with CBA's conferences, events and leadership in CBA would be beneficial to ABANA as it reaches out to North American and global smiths through events, print media, and the internet. With more and more people using the Internet for communication and educational resources, I feel that Internet communication is a growing force for sharing information and making connections. I'd like to see ABANA's presence in this area strengthened to the benefit of all smiths.


Sep 1, 2015: Notice of election published in Vol 43 No 4 Fall 2015 The Anvil's Ring

April 15, 2016: Nominations deadline  - Candidate’s statements  will be published in Vol 44 No 3 Summer 2016 Anvil's Ring

Jun 1, 2016 Candidate Statements and Ballots Published in Vol 44 No 3 Summer 2016 Anvil's Ring

Aug 15, 2016: Ballot postmark deadline, submitted to:

ABANA Central Office
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

September 2016: Notification to elected Board members

November 2016: Board Meeting (Specific place and time to be determined)
  New Board members assume their duties.