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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.

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May 21, 2015 -

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the ABANA 2016 Education Conference in Salt Lake City! July 13-16, 2016. 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 eRideShare.com.

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

January 2013 -

ABANA is currently seeking bids for our publication needs.
The following are open for bid. You are welcome to bid on individual parts of interest or the whole thing. Please indicate what part(s) you are bidding on and your bid must be broken down to show costs for each part separately:

- The Anvil's Ring Editor
- Graphic Designer (for both publications)
- Printing Services (for both publications)
- Mailing Services (for both publications)

For serious inquiries from interested parties, please contact our Publications Chair by January 31, 2013 to obtain format specifications, etc.,:
Amy Pieh, Email Amy Pieh Ph: 928-554-0700, Fax: 928-554-0800

Pieh Tool Company, Inc.
661 E Howards Rd. Suite J
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 USA

November 30, 2012 - Updated Information on ABANA's 1st Convention - 2013 Convention 15-17 March 2013

November 30, 2012 - Added Option to buy Raffle Tickets Online - Alex Bealer's Anvil Raffle

September 1, 2012 - ABANA's First CONVENTION on March 15-17 2013 to celebrate ABANA's 40th Birthday at the site of the first gathering back in 1973 at Westville Village in Lumpkin,GA : ABANA Convention

August 2012 -

Boterro Sculpture
Click on the photo above to see Doug Wilson's ABANA 2012 Conference photos
also lots of photos on attendee's facebook pages

July 11, 2012 -

2012 Conf LOGO 2012 Conf Poster
The ABANA 2012 Conference will be held at the
Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, South Dakota
July 18-21, 2012

July 10 , 2012 - The ABANA Central Office will be closed from July 11 through July 25 for Emergencies or Conference related matters use the regular Central Office Number to Contact JoAnn: ABANA Central Office Page

June 20, 2012 - ABANA Conference Registration - Today is last day to register before a $50.00 late fee will be assessed: ABANA Conference On-Line Registration

June 20, 2012 - ABANA Conference Schedule of Events now posted on ABANA Conference Overview Page

June 16, 2012 - Team of Three Teens featured in Conference Opening Demonstrations Conference Update June 16, 2012

June 12, 2012 - Due to Health Concerns, Ed Caffrey will not be demonstrating at the conference. For current details on Ed's status, visit his Blog: https://themontanabladesmith.blogspot.com/

June 12, 2012 - ABANA Conference Registration - Register for the Confernece before June 20, 2012 and save $50.00: ABANA Conference Registration

Mar 7, 2012 - ABANA Board Member Elections Call for Candidates Deadline April 15, 2012: ABANA Elections

Mar 6, 2012 - Youth Membership is now available Online: Join ABANA

Youth Membership is for 18 years old and younger  Membership is a non voting membership and will only recieve the Hammer's Blow  Magazine

Mar 6, 2012 - 9:00 pm Eastern - WEBSITE MAINTENANCE COMPLETE

Mar 6, 2012 - 8 pm to 10 pm Eastern - WEBSITE MAINTENANCE PARTS OR ALL OF THE SITE WILL BE DOWN

Mar 6, 2012 - Latest ABANA Affiliate Newsletter: The Bridge Anvil - Spring 2012

Feb 27, 2012 - ABANA Conference Registration now on-line: ABANA Conference Registration

Feb 20, 2012 - Added a Website Survey Page.   Please take the survey and help us improve the website for you: ABANA Website Survey

Feb 19, 2012 - Added 2012 Conference Demonstrator Details and Photos(more to come soon): 2012 Conference Demonstrators

Feb 17, 2012 - Revamped the ABANA Store adding Item Pictures (watch for on-line Store in near future): ABANA Store

Feb 12, 2012 - Added Google Map to show Affilate Locations: Affiliate Location Map

Feb 10, 2012 - Details of Conference added to website. Use pull down menus above under "Conferences" to view

Jan 11, 2012 - Stuart Hill / Claydon Clamp: Hammer's Blow 18n2  Article on Stuart Hill (Claydon) Clamp

Jan 10, 2012 - ABANA Publication Changes: Publication Changes

Jan 5, 2012 - Grant Sarver Passed Away on Jan 2, 2012: Grant Sarver

Jan 2, 2012 - Vote for Your Favorite Poster: Conference Poster Contest

  Note: Voting was reset at 8:30 AM Jan 2,  2012 - If you  voted prior to then, you'll need to revote to make your vote count

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