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.
|The International News and Notes page is the place to look for information about blacksmithing around the globe.
|Professional's Corner is a place for news and notes for those engaged in blacksmithing for their livelyhood. Employment opportunities and calls for proposals are posted in this section.
The Journeyman Program
The School List of Blacksmithing Programs
Book Reviews on Artist/Blacksmith Books
Boy Scout Merit Badge Requirements
Application Form for the Demonstrators List
Demonstrator List (new)
The ABANA Scholarship Form for Individual Members
"New Design Through Discovery"
"Hex Signs on Ironwork" by Frank Turley
"Principles of Design" by Boyd Holtan
How Sword Making Works, by Jeff Tyson
Live Demonstrations on the Slack Tub Pub
Britain's Countryside Agency Archive -- free downloads of "The Blacksmith's Craft" and other classics.
ABANA continues to develop educational programs that focus on providing avenues to learn about the art and craft of blacksmithing. The Education Committee works on lesson plans for the basics of forging for ABANA members wishing to increase their forging skills and aptitude.The articles appear in Hammer's Blow. For more information on this program or how to become involved, please contact John McLellan, Education and Professional Development Chair.
So join us today and begin receiving all of the benefits of ABANA membership!
Listed below is a variety of valuable informational resources for blacksmiths of all skill levels. This page is updated on a regular basis and please feel free to contact the ABANA Central Office if you have suggestions for information that should be posted.
NEW!!! Links to Blacksmith Books Online
Google's Books On-line
Favorite YouTube Videos
[Note: Unfortunately YouTube links don't seem to last very long. So you may have to search for these by name.]
Jill Turman on being an Artist-Blacksmith
Mark Aspery on Blacksmithing --