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.

Business-President's Message

David Hutchison

President's Message

Summer 2015


Summer Events . . . and more!


ABANA is always looking for ways to improve service to our members and promote blacksmithing. Our affiliates are doing a great job on a regional level with their Hammer- Ins. To help spread the word about their regional events, ABANA has now added a list of them on our web page. Look under the Affiliates tab where you can link to a map showing pins for each event. Click on a pin to see the event information and a link to the details for the event. Also under the Affiliates pull-down menu, you will see the events grouped by months and listed by date for ease in planning. You might even make it part of a family vacation and see some of the country! There are lots of events out there!

I have been lucky enough to attend blacksmithing events in at least 17 states and Canada. In doing so, I have met some interesting people from around the world. For a close, yet international trip, you might consider CanIron X, July 2-5 this summer, hosted by the Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association in Nova Scotia, Canada. It's listed on the Affiliate map and in the ABANA Menu Bar. I am sure that whatever event you go to, you will learn something, meet new friends, and enjoy yourself.

Don't forget to save July 13-16, 2016 to attend the ABANA conference in Salt Lake City. Details will be posted on www.abana. org as they become available. Information will be added as we get things nailed down. It looks to be a great event!

I would like to encourage all of you to try to get our youth involved in smithing. Each of us has contact with young people who are potentially interested. Let's all make an effort to help them out. I know some of you are already doing this, individually or as part of a group, and you are doing a great job! Some members teach the boy scouts, teach in "learn to forge days", demonstrate regularly, give talks to school groups, and many other efforts. Look around you and see what you can do to help someone learn. We need to pass our craft along in any way we can. Don't forget that ABANA has recently added a Youth Membership that costs $20.00 a year. The Youth member differs from a regular membership in that it is a non-voting membership and they only receive the Hammers Blow.

The ABANA election for new Board members was one candidate short this year. Following our bylaws, the Board will appoint someone to fill that slot. If you are interested, let the Board know by August 1, 2015. 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. See the email and mailing address on page 2 of this issue. The Board will pick one from all the interested parties. Once you are appointed, your statement and photograph will be published in the Fall issue of the Anvil's Ring for the membership to read. Your duties will begin this November at the Annual Board meeting to be held November 13-14 in Salt Lake City, the location for the 2016 ABANA Conference.

It is also not too early for you to think about running for the Board for next year. Every year five of the 15 Board positions are available for election. Make a difference in your association-run for a Board position. Think about all the interesting people you would meet!

Not sure you have the time to be a Board member but would still like to help? Committee Chairs are allowed to consider off-Board members for their committees. If you are approached, consider saying yes.

Keep Forging,

David Hutchison, President

ABANA President's Downloads

This message and previous presidents messages are available for download in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word formats:

Date President Acrobat Word
Summer 2015 David Hutchison Summer 2015.pdf Summer 2015.doc
Spring 2015 David Hutchison Spring 2015.pdf Spring 2015.doc
Winter 2015 David Hutchison Winter 2015.pdf Winter 2015.doc
Fall 2014 David Hutchison Fall 2014.pdf Fall 2014.doc
Summer 2014 David Hutchison Summer 2014.pdf Summer 2014.doc
Spring 2014 David Hutchison Spring 2014.pdf Spring 2014.doc
Winter 2014 David Hutchison Winter 2014.pdf Winter 2014.doc
Fall 2013 David Hutchison Fall 2013.pdf Fall 2013.doc
Summer 2013 David Hutchison Summer 2013.pdf Summer 2013.doc
Spring 2013 David Hutchison Spring 2013.pdf Spring 2013.doc
Winter 2013 David Hutchison Winter 2013.pdf Winter 2013.doc
Fall 2012 Peyton Anderson Fall 2012.pdf Fall 2012.doc
Summer 2011 Peyton Anderson Summer 2011.pdf Summer 2011.doc
Spring 2011 Peyton Anderson Spring 2011.pdf Spring 2011.doc
Winter 2011 Peyton Anderson Winter 2011.pdf Winter 2011.doc
July 2010 Paul Boulay Jul-2010.pdf Jul-2010.doc
April 2010 Paul Boulay Apr-2010.pdf Apr-2010.doc
Jan 2010 Rome Hutchings Jan-2010.pdf Jan-2010.doc
Oct 2009 Rome Hutchings Oct-2009.pdf Oct-2009.doc
May 2009 Rome Hutchings May-2009.pdf May-2009.doc
November 2008 Rome Hutchings Nov-2008.pdf Nov-2008.doc
April 2008 Chris Winterstein Apr-2008.pdf Apr-2008.doc
February 2008 Chris Winterstein Feb-2008.pdf Feb-2008.doc
December 2007 Chris Winterstein Dec-2007.pdf Dec-2007.doc
November 2007 Chris Winterstein Nov-2007.pdf Nov-2007.doc