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

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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.

Membership

Blacksmithing, the cornerstone of all crafts for centuries, has come back to life. Once rendered nearly obsolete by the Industrial Revolution and 20th Century technology, this ancient craft has undergone a contemporary renaissance. A new appreciation of the honest, enduring qualities of forged metal has developed.

At the heart of this revival has been the Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc., a non-profit educational association dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge about the art and craft. Started by a handful of isolated blacksmiths in Georgia in 1973, ABANA now serves nearly 4,000 members.



Membership Rate Chart
 
1 Year
2 Years*

Regular 

(US, Canada & Mexico)

$55.00
$105.00

Senior (65+)

(US, Canada & Mexico)

$50.00
$95.00

Full-Time Student
US, Canada & Mexico

$45.00
$85.00
Foreign

$65.00
$125.00
Library
(US, Canada & Mexico)
$45.00
$85.00
Contributory
$150.00
 
Educational Institution Membership
(Contact the ABANA Central Office)
$250.00
NEW - Youth Membership
(18 years old and under)

Non Voting membership - Recieves Hammer's Blow Only
$20.00
 
* Note: a $5.00 discount applies to 2 year memberships

Join/ Renew Membership On-Line

Join instantly using your credit card by clicking the green button above. Also please use this facility to access your individual membership records and keep us posted on any address or e-mail changes. Now you can also use our secure server to make tax deductible donations to ABANA funds by clicking on the button above.

Please note: Membership renewals cannot be processed via the web site outside the 3 month period prior to your expiration. If you wish to extend your membership, please contact the central office (phone 423-913-1022) or use the downloadable form below.



Join/ Renew Membership By Mail

 If you would prefer to mail your membership payment:

Download This Form

Fill it out legibly and mail it with your check, or credit card information to:

ABANA Central Office
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Phone: (423) 913-1022
Fax:     (423) 913-1023
Email: ABANA Central Office

This from will support filling it out on your computer including e-mailing the completed form. But please note that e-mailing credit card numbers is not considered safe. You can also print and fax or print and mail the form.


Join/ Renew Membership Using PayPal

This Option Added 19 Sep 2013 - Note: Requires Central Office to update membership database after paypal payment is recieved

Join/Renew ABANA Membership via PayPal

You don't need a paypal account to use this option - ABANA's Paypal account will allow you to use your credit card

If you do have a paypal account you can use your account and payment options including automatic bank transfer and "Bill Me Later"


Gift Membership

Give a gift of Inspiration - Give a gift of Information

To make a gift of ABANA membership please use THIS GIFT FORM Just download the form, fill out the recipients name and the payment information and send it to the ABANA central office. Get your form — including credit card information or a check — into the Central Office and we'll do the rest.


Donations cheerfully accepted!

The ABANA web site is now set up to accept donations to any of 5 funds. Donations, no matter how small, are gratefully accepted and every dollar counts. These can be processed along with a membership transaction and now at any time from any member. The donation categories are:

ABANA General Fund: This is the all-purpose operating account of ABANA. In addition to the Central Office and the Publications, this fund takes care of enhancing the web site, creating the Bealer award, paying for postage and all the little things it takes to keep the organization functioning.

Conference Seed Money: This fund is currently earmarked to help set up the next ABANA Conference (2014 ABANA Conference in Harrington, Delaware). Conferences are expensive complicated things to run and it really helps a lot to have some cash on hand early for deposits and planning and a thousand other things.

ABANA Scholarships and Grants: For many years ABANA has given scholarships to promising blacksmiths to help them take courses or gain key experiences. Also ABANA helps Affiliates to fund demonstrators at their meetings. This fund contributes to these and related causes.

ABANA Exhibition Fund: One of ABANA's missions is to increase the awareness of the craft of blacksmithing among the general public. This fund helps to produce and deploy public exhibitions.

National Ornamental Metal Museum Library Fund: The Library at the Metal Museum in Memphis is a unique resource to those who study the art and craft of blacksmiths and related metal artisans. This fund helps with the expenses of that worthy cause.


A note on expiration dates:

ABANA memberships run on a quarter system so your expiration date will be adjusted to the end of a calendar quarter (Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Sep.30, Dec. 31). In almost all cases the expiration date is pushed forward to the end of the calendar quarter in which you join. The only exception is if you join in the first 15 days of a quarter, in this case the expiration date will be adjusted back to the end of the previous quarter. We do this because joining this early in the quarter means that you are in time to get the Anvil’s Ring for that quarter. No matter when you join, your first years dues will get you 4 copies of the Anvil’s Ring and 4 copies of the Hammer's Blow.

Renewing members will keep their prior expiration dates. Members are encouraged to pay their dues well before the expiration date at the end of the quarter. If however, your payment is so late that the renewal hasn't been processed by the 15th of the first month of the following quarter, you will not be on the mailing list for the next Anvil's Ring. Should this happen your new expiration date will be adjusted to the end of the new quarter. Consequently a renewal payment for a year will pay for 4 copies of the Anvil’s Ring and 4 or 5 copies of the Hammer's Blow.


A Note on Taxes:

Donations to ABANA are tax deductible as ABANA is registered with the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Normal dues would generally not be deductible although they might count as a business expense. Contributory memberships ($150 and up per year) can be deductible over the $55 normal dues amount. If you need a letter to document your donation, contact the Central Office.


With your membership, you receive a subscription to both The Anvil's Ring and The Hammer's Blow.

The Anvil's Ring, devoted exclusively to the craft of blacksmithing, is the association's quarterly magazine which presents special feature articles on a broad range of topics such as architectural iron, decorative design, primitive artifacts, hand forged tools, historical references, advice to beginners, news of regional affiliate events and exhibitions. Reports on tool, equipment and supply sources, employment opportunities and formal blacksmithing instruction make The Anvil's Ring an excellent resource.

Hammer's Blow, also a quarterly publication, is a black and white magazine full of "how to" tips and techniques for professionals and beginners alike. The publication comes in a three-hole punch format and can be easily catalogued into a working notebook.


The ABANA International Conferences are held biennially in the United States for ABANA members. Demonstrations, panel discussions and lectures feature experts in the field from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dedicated to sharing knowledge of technical, aesthetic and business aspects of the craft for beginners to established professionals, the conference draws thousands of smiths from around the world.