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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July 1, 2013
Poster Contest Winner

Poster 4

Submitted by: Paul Polsky and Ray Krenicki of Boston, MA.

Poster 5

2nd Place Submitted by: Herb Upham of Sebastopol CA

Poster 1

3rd Place Submitted by Peter Renzetti of Clayton, DE

Poster 6

4th Place Submitted by John Dittmeier of Silver Spring, MD

Poster 3

5th Place Submitted by Gerald Brostek of Muskogee, OK

Poster 2

6th Place Submitted by Doug Wilson of Pittsboro, NC

Click here to see the voting results

Note: Due to some problems associated with the website voting using pollcode.com voting was suspended on 23 May. Voting was opended again at 8 pm EDT on 23 May and will end on 30 June 2013

How can you vote?

You will need an email invitation to vote. These invitations have been sent to all who are signed up to receive Emails though ABANA's Constant Contact. Anyone can still vote. If you want to vote you will have to sign-up to receive ABANA Constant Contact emails. To do so scroll to the bottom of the ABANA Homepage enter your email address and then hit GO, and follow the instructions that will require you to enter your name and as a minimum your City, State, Country, and Zip/Postal Code. Once you have signed up you should receive an email invitation to vote within one day. Once you vote, if you don't want to receive any additional emails from ABANA Constant Contact, you can click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the Voting Invitation Email or at the bottom of the ABANA Homepage.

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Announcing the 2014 ABANA Conference Poster Contest

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2013

This is a contest to choose a Poster/LOGO/Tee-Shirt Design for the 2014 ABANA Conference in Harrington, Delaware

What are the Rules?

Who can participate?
Anyone who is over 18 years old is invited to submit his or her original artwork

What is the Prize?

Two free passes to the conference.
This does not include room, meals or transportation or additional family members registration. Interviews with the winner will be published in The Anvil’s Ring and on the ABANA web site.


Submit any 2-D medium or digital image file: tiff, psd, jpg, or PDF.
Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email with your submission.

For 2-D medium:
Final full size is 18" x 24", portrait or landscape

For digital files: Designs may be created in InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator. Do not create a design in Word.

tiff or psd files must be at 300 dpi at the full size;

jpg files must be saved at the maximum quality setting, maintaining the 300 dpi at the original full size

PDF must be created without compression, all images at 300 dpi of the original file. PDF must be editable(unlocked)

All fonts must be rasterized in the tiff and psd files, and embedded in the PDF.

Hand drawn artwork should have finished size 18 in X 24 in.

The design must include the words(in any configuration):

ABANA 2014
Harrington, Delaware
August 13-16
Joinery: Come Make Connections

In designing your entry:
Keep in mind that the theme of the conference is: Joinery: Come Make Connections

Other Things you might want to Consider:
The Blue Crab and Chicken Industries of this region
The History of Delaware - Delaware is the First State
The Flora and Faunta of the Region, Including Delaware's State Animal, Tree, Flower, etc

Deadline for Submissions: 15 May 2013

The idea is to create a body of biennial art posters that are suitable for framing and collecting. The winning artist must give copyright permission to ABANA who will produce posters, teeshirts and other novelties featuring the winning design. All submissions (a poster for digital images) will go into the Conference auction to raise funds for ABANA.

Who Judges the Submissions?
All of the submissions will be displayed on a website, WWW.ABANA.ORG Anyone can visit the website and vote for the poster that they like best. The poster receiving the most votes will win. One need not be an ABANA member to vote. Voting to start after the 15 May Deadline, stay tuned for details! Winner to be announced after voting closes on 1 July 2013.

How do I Submit?
Mail your artwork or CD to:

259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough TN 37659-4813
(423) 913-1022

Email files to:
ABANA Central Office