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.

2010 Conference Gallery   Bob Patrick     Title: Claydon 2 Grille <br>   18 x 18 x 1. Everton, AR.
2010 Conference Gallery Bob Patrick Title: Claydon 2 Grille
18 x 18 x 1. Everton, AR.

2014 Conf Gallery
ABANA2014 Conference Gallery

Latest News . . .

May 21, 2015 -

Don't forget to mark your calenders for the ABANA 2016 Education Conference in Salt Lake City! July 13-6. More info to follow in the coming weeks!
2015 Events

2015 Affiliate/Regional Blacksmith Events Map and List added to Website
2015 Affiliate/Regional Events

April 15, 2015

ABANA Board 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

Sept 4, 2014 -

Memorial Service for Mack Beal on Saturday 18 Oct 2014 at 11:00 at the Jackson Community Church 127 Village Road Jackson, NH 03846
(Click on Picture to see Obituary)

Mack Beal
Mack Beal 1924 - 2014

Mack Beal
Mack Beal in 2005 flanked by David Court and Peter Happny with his 2005 Bealer Award Froe

Jun 24, 2014 -

Mike Smyth Boone Demo Sketch

ABANA 2014 Conference Registration (On-Line or Mail-In Form): ABANA 2014 Conference Registration

Feb 4, 2014 - Memorial Workshop for Toby Hickman on 23 Feb 2014 at Michael Bondi's Shop
Details here, please RSVP:

Toby Hickman Memorial
Toby Hickman

Nov 18, 2013 -

Need a ride to the Conference? Flying in need a ride from BWI or the Philadelphia Airport to the Fairgrounds?
Driving to the Conference? Have room, want some company for the trip?

Check out the ABANA 2014 Conference Harrington, Delaware Group on

Nov 7-9, 2013 -

ABANA Board Meeting is being held at the Holiday Inn Express Baltimore-Bwi Airport West, Ridge Road, Hanover, MD
the meeting will include a trip on Friday to the site of the 2014 ABANA Conference scheduled for 13-16 Aug 2014.

2014 ABANA Conference Vendor and Tailgating Packages now available.
New this Year: Vendors and Tailgater space is available in a large Pavilion at the Fairgrounds.

Tailgating Package

Vendor Package

October 28, 2013 -

The list of 2014 Conference Demonstrators has been posted: 2014 Conference Demonstrators

September 9, 2013 -

It is with much sadness that we pass along the obituary of Mr Ivan Bailey.
Condolences from all of us here at ABANA to Ivan's family & friends. Ivan Bailey's Obituary

August 21, 2013 -

ABANA 2014 Conference Registration On-Line or Mail-In Form is now available: ABANA 2014 Conference Registration

July 2013 -

The Winner of the Poster Contest is Entry 4 Submitted by: Paul Polsky and Ray Krenicki of Boston, MA.
There prize is to free passes to the 2014 Conference

Entry 4

Click on the poster to see the rest of the contest results

March 2013 -

The Winner of the Alex Bealer Anvil Raffle was Randy Hodges of Manteo, NC. He was at the Convention and took it home with him. Click on the photo below to see the full sized picture.

Randy Hodges

The ABANA Convention in Columbus Georgia and at Westville Village in Lumpkin Georgia on 15-17 March 2013 was enjoyed by all that attended, including the 8 Founding Members pictured here (Click on the photo below to see the full sized picture.):

2013 ABANA Founding Members
Left to Right: Wade Spooner, Jimmy Johnson, Daryl Meier, Mike Riegel, Ed Trout, Peter Renzetti, Ivan Bailey, and Dimitri Gerakaris

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