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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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The ABANA 2012 Conference will be held at the
Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, South Dakota
Save the date:       July 18-21, 2012

Come visit the Black Hills

Click Here For Conference Registration Form

Opening ceremonies will be on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. We will also use some facilities at the adjacent South Dakota School of Mines and Techmology for lectures and possibly a focused exhibit at the Apex gallery on campus.

Thursday through Saturday will be full days of forging demonstrations and excitement ABANA style. Saturday will conclude with a banquet and the conference auction. The site is within a few miles of thousands of reasonably priced hotel rooms and amazing family recreation opportunities. Camping and RV hook-ups will be available on site. Dorm room accomodations will be available to allow conference attendees. Stay tuned for additional announcements.

Poster Contest Entries
(Current ABANA 2012 Conference Official Announcements follow Poster Entries)

As of Jan 1, 2012

Entry 1

(Entry Updated - Color Added)

Entry 2

Entry 3

Entry 4

Entry 5

Entry 6

Entry 7

Entry 8

Entry 9

Entry 10

Entry 11

Entry 12

Voting began 1 January 2012 the deadline for entries

Voting will end 30 April 2012

Note: Voting was Reset on Jan 2, 2012 at 8:30AM - If you voted prior to this time you may revote.

 

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Check back to see additional entries and after 1 January to vote for your favorite

ABANA 2012 Conference Official Announcements

January 2, 2012

OFFICIAL VOTING BEGINS TODAY:

Voting was reset at 8:30 AM. Please vote for your favorite Poster

September 26, 2011

 

SECOND CALL TO ARTISTS:


Announcing the 2012 ABANA Conference Poster Contest

This will be a contest to choose an “Official Poster” for the 2012 ABANA Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota!


Who can participate?


Anyone who is over 18 years old is invited to submit his or her original artwork.


What is the Prize?


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


What are the Rules?


Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and e-mail with your submission.

Submit any 2-D medium or digital file tiff, psd or jpg (tiff or psd is preferred)

 

For 2-D medium the Size must be smaller than 36" x 36". (Keep in mind that it will be reduced/reformatted to  18" x 24" (portrait) or 24" x 18"
(landscape)    

 

For  digital files:  

tiff and psd files must be a minimum of 150 dpi at 18" x 24" or 24" x 18" size

jpg files must be a minimum of 300 dpi at 18" x 24" or 24" x 18" size

Hand drawn artwork should have finished size 18”X24”.

The design must include the words:

ABANA,2012, Rapid City, South Dakota in any configuration.

Keep in mind that the theme of the conference is "Reunion on the Great Plains."


The idea is to create a body of biennial art posters that are suitable for framing and collecting. Submissions must be received before January 1, 2012. The winning artist must give copyright permission to ABANA who will produce posters and

other novelties featuring the winning design. All submissions 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 first of the year, stay tuned for details!


How do I Submit?


Send your artwork or CD to:


ABANA POSTER CONTEST

259 Muddy Fork Road

Jonesborough TN 37659-4813

www.abana.org


PLEASE NOTE!

THE "SUBMIT BY" DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO JANUARY 1, 2012 AND THE VOTING WILL START SOON AFTER THAT DATE.

Conference Demonstrators

DEMONSTRATORS as of September 15, 2011

 

Knife Makers:


      Ed Caffrey, ABS Master "The Montana Bladesmith"
      Ed Fowler, ABS Master Ed Fowler High Performance Knives
      Kirk Rexroat, ABS Master Rexroat Knives

 

Artistic Smithing:


      Jill Turman Bella Ironworks
      Becky Little Dragonfly Forge

Traditional / Sculptural:


      Brian Brazeal http://www.myspace.com/brazealbrothers
      Lyle Wynn (Brian's helper)

 

Iron Smelt:

 
      Lee Sauder
      Steve Mankowski
      Shel Browder

Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths:


      Tom Latane
      Pete Renzetti
      Michael McCarty
      Tina Chisena
      Carl Close Jr


Punzo Family Copper Smiths:


      6 members of the Punzo/Angel Family from Mexico

 

February 2011

Call To Artists: Announcing the 2012 ABANA Conference Poster Contest

 

A contest to choose an “Official Poster” for the 2012 ABANA Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota!


Who can participate?

  • Anyone who is over 18 years old is invited to submit their original art work.

What is the Prize?

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

What are the Rules?

Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and e-mail with your submission.

Submit any 2-D medium or digital file on a CD such as tiff, gif or jpg.

Size must be smaller than 36” x 36”.

The design must include the words:

  • ABANA

  • 2012

  • Rapid City

  • South Dakota

(in any configuration that the artist chooses.)

Keep in mind that the theme of the conference is: "Reunion on the Great Plains."


The idea is to create a body of biennial art posters that are suitable for framing and collecting. Submissions must be received before April 30,2012. The winning artist must give copyright permission to ABANA who will produce posters and other novelties featuring the winning design. All submissions 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.


How do I Submit?

Send your art work or CD to:

ABANA

259 Muddy Fork Road

Jonesborough TN 37659-4813

ABANA Central Office

www.abana.org

 


Our theme is:

"Reunion on the Great Plains."

This refers to several sorts of coming together.

We want to embrace the community of metalworkers in all their diversity:
In terms of crafts person and fine artist,
In terms of hobbyist and professional,
In terms of affiliate members and those unaffiliated, and
In terms of the several sub-groups with specialized interests:
   Including architectural blacksmiths, bladesmiths, and farriers

The image is that of the ABANA conference as an umbrella or as a circus tent that enables a coming together of these several elements.

To make these notions real we plan several tracks with a number of related demonstrations in each. Those particularly interested in that track can come and enjoy a concentrated experience in that area. Others may want to sample offerings from different tracks.


From the Conference Committee,

We are excitedly looking forward to the upcoming Conference to be held in Rapid City South Dakota on July 18th to the 21st in 2012. Rapid City is on the Eastern edge of the Black Hills, near Sturgis.

The location will be a shared situation between the South Dakota School of Mines and the Central States Fair Grounds. Amenities from both locations include ample demonstration areas, classrooms, eating/lounging areas, Gallery areas, and Dorm /camping/RV is available. Costs and program will be determined later.

The Black Hills offer many other recreational opportunities which are family oriented so bring the whole family and plan on staying awhile.

http://sdmines.sdsmt.edu/visit
http://www.visitrapidcity.com/

See you in Rapid City,

Jack Parks
2012 Conference Co-Chair


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