The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (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.

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2014 Confernece Harrington Delaware 13-16 Aug 2014

The ABANA 2014 Conference will held at the
Delaware States Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware
Aug 13-16, 2014

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Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware

Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware
(Red Outline Shows Conference Area)

1. Gallery
2. Indoor Vendors/Registration/Meeting /Auction
3. Outside Vendor /Tailgating Pavillion
4. Tailgating/Vendor Space
5. Camping Grove (Additional camping is available on fairgrounds to left(south) of Conference Area)
6. Demonstration Tents

We are working on a slate of demonstrations that will reflect the theme of the conference, and are in discussions with smiths from South America, the UK, and Europe, as well as the US, including the Colonial Williamsburg Smiths, and the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths. We are striving to have a variety of demonstrators covering a wide range of styles using tools from hand hammers to forging presses and power hammers; an iron smelt; and copper- and silver- smiths. Our hope is that the only attendees we might not be able to please will be those that want to see everything! As demonstrator details are confirmed, their demonstrations will be posted on the ABANA website.

Teaching Tent
Mark Asprey and Darryl Nelson will be heading the Teaching Tent with an expanded format that will give more attendees the opportunity to participate in this well-received program.

Vendors and Tailgating
There will be indoor vendor spaces in air conditioned comfort with tables and chairs where attendees can take a break from the heat, make connections with other attendees, reminisce with old friends, and make new ones. Outdoor vendors and tailgaters on an as available basis will be housed in a large pavillion. Tailgaters and outdoor vendors operating power hammers etc. will be on an adjacent parking lot.

We will have a variety of seminars on blacksmithing related topics in rooms around the grounds.

Family Activities
We are planning to have Arts and Crafts projects available.

Iron In The Hat
What would a conference be without Iron in the Hat? 2014 ABANA Conference will once again be having the Iron-in-the-Hat fundraiser for our educational mission. We have secured three big ticket items for the conference, a Clay Spencer Tire Hammer made and donated by Clay; a Nimba Titan 120 lb Anvil donated by Nimba Anvils; and a BAM box made and donated by Pat McCarty. Please consider making a donation of quality, well-made tools to fill the box.

Tire Hammer


Titan Anvil

This time the Affiliates can benefit from the pre-conference sales of raffle tickets for the big ticket items. 50% of any pre-conference ticket sales by an affilate goes directly to the affilate that sells the tickets to support their educational efforts.

Any additional tools received, after the BAM Box has been nicely filled, will go to the Iron-in-the-Hat daily drawing. Please consider applying your personal touchmark to donated tools as it will add special meaning to the new owners. Our Scholarship and Grant programs depend on these funds raised during this event.

The 2014 ABANA Conference will close with an exciting Live Auction! Many of the projects made by the demonstrators and many of the Gallery works will be auctioned. The Auction benefits the educational purposes of ABANA. Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. until ?? Open to the public!

Getting there:
Philadelphia International Airport: 1 1/2 hours N of Harrington Baltimore Washington International Airport: 1 1/2 hours W of Harrington In keeping with the theme of Making Connections, we are planning to arrange ride sharing and shuttle buses between the airports and Harrington and the hotels in Milford and Dover as required. Look for details in the near future on the website.

Where to stay

Note: August 6, 2014. At this point those looking for a hotel room will probably do best by looking in Dover, DE 15-20 miles north of Harrington:

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Baymont Inn and Suites
(Formerly: AmericInn Lodge & Suites)
1259 Corn Crib Rd,
Harrington, DE
(302) 398-3900

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Harrington
17271 S Dupont Hwy,
Harrington, DE
(302) 398-8800
has 50 rooms @ $120.00 + 8% tax. Mention: ABANA for group rate.

Milford (10 miles E of Harrington)

Hampton Inn Milford
100 Lighthouse Estates Dr,
Milford, DE
(302) 422-4320

Days Inn and Suites
(Formerly: AmericInn Lodge & Suites Milford)
699 N Dupont Blvd
Milford, DE
(302) 615-3107
(8 miles away) has 50 rooms @ $79.00 + 8% tax, or $85.32. Mention: ABANA Group rate.

Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast
2 Causey Ave, Milford, DE
(302) 422-0979

Travelers Inn Motel
1036 N Walnut St, Milford, DE
(302) 422-8089

Bay Road Inn
729 Bay Rd, Milford, DE
(302) 422-2777

Greensboro, MD (15 miles W of Harrington)

Riverside Country Inn
204 N Main St, Greensboro, MD

Denton, MD (15 miles W of Harrington)

Best Western Denton Inn
521 Fleetwood Rd
Denton, MD
(410) 479-8400

Dover, DE ( 20 miles N of Harrington)

Days Inn Dover Downtown
272 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE
(302) 674-8002

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dover
1780 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE
(302) 678-0600

Hampton Inn Dover
1568 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE
(302) 736-3500


Camping at the Delaware State Fairgrounds "Grove" ,in the midst of the conference area, is "First Come - First Served". No reservations! Additional camping also available in open area (no trees) just south of Conference area with additional showers and plenty of room. $30 a night with electric & water. $25 a night without. Pay at Registration.


Rehoboth and Lewes beaches are just an hour away to the southeast

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