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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Mission Statement

We understand that a blacksmith is one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil. The artist-blacksmith does this so as to unite the functional with the aesthetic, realizing that the two are inseparable. We the members of the Artist-Blacksmiths' Association of North America do join in our resolve to perpetuate the noble art of blacksmithing. With hammer and anvil, we will forge for mankind a richer life. We will preserve a meaningful bond with the past. We will serve the needs of the present, and we will forge a bridge to the future. Function and creativity is our purpose. Our task is great and so is our joy.


ABANA is a non-profit organization directed by a board of 15 members who serve voluntarily as officers and on committees. The resolutions by the board determine the services to be provided within an annual budget. The operations and publications staff of ABANA deliver services as contractors or employees.

The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc. began in 1973 with only twenty seven blacksmiths who had a vision. Their vision has unfolded with a membership that has grown and is now nearly 4000 strong.The resurgence of the "lost" art of blacksmithing is unmistakably evident.

The pages under Business on the Website Menu serve as a communication link between the ABANA Board of Directors and the membership. You can use these pages to contact Board members, read the ABANA Bylaws, access the committee list, and much more. Information pertaining to the ABANA membership will be posted here in a timely manner.

The ABANA 2007 Survey Analysis Report is available for review. (Click HERE) ABANA Board Member Peyton Anderson produced this 43 page report summarizing the survey findings.

ABANA Board Meeting Minutes (PDF Files):

2012 ABANA Board Minutes (Baltimore, MD)
2011 ABANA Board Minutes (Rapid City, SD)
2010 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2010 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2009 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2008 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2007 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2006 ABANA Board Minutes (New Paltz, NY)
2006 ABANA Board Minutes (Seattle, WA)
2006 General Membership Meeting (Seattle, WA)
2005 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2004 ABANA Board Minutes (Seattle, WA)
2004 ABANA Board Minutes (Richmond, KY)
2004 General Membership Meeting (Richmond, KY)
2003 ABANA Board Minutes (Memphis, TN)
2002 ABANA Board Minutes (Richmond, KY)
2002 ABANA Board Minutes (La Crosse, WI)
2002 General Membership Meeting (La Crosse, WI)
2001 ABANA Board Minutes (Seattle, WA)
2000 ABANA Board Minutes (Flagstaff, AZ)
Compilation of Board Motions from Meetings 1976-2005
Compilation of Mailed Motions from Meetings 1988-2006

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