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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Central Office Administrator - JoAnn Bentley

The ABANA Central Office handles the day to day business of the organization answering inquiries, providing member benefits, processing membership requests, website maintenance, supporting affiliates, and serving as the hub of communication for the ABANA Board of Directors.

JoAnn Bentley JoAnn F Bentley has a strong background in business administration, including a Business Administration Degree from James Madison University and 30 years of service as Executive in the U. S. Department of Education.

JoAnn has also owned and operated a 501(c)3 Educational Non-Profit involved in blacksmithing demonstrations in Pennsylvania as well as a retail Blacksmith Shoppe in Tennessee selling items made by numerous blacksmiths including Dan Boone and Doug Merkel. She has been a hobby blacksmith for ten years and has taken several blacksmith classes at John C. Campbell's Folk Art School. She is a member of several ABANA Affiliates, where she has assisted with their regional event registrations and has published several articles in their newsletters.

JoAnn currently lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee with her husband, ABANA Board Member, Lance Davis.

Frank VanPelt Frank Van Pelt assists JoAnn in the Central Office with member renewals, merchandise orders, advertisements, and researching archival information. While his training in the Navy was mess management (yes, he's an excellent cook!), Frank has taken many business and computer classes through college to help him prepare for today's technical world. His most recent passion is automotive repair and welding, and an interest in hammering hot iron. Expect to see more of Frank at conferences, hammer-ins and meetings in the future.

Frank can also help you order from ABANA's supply of pins, hats, T-shirts, publication compilation CD's, hammer and furnace plans, and back issues of The Anvil's Ring and the Hammer's Blow information.

Need to find a specialist blacksmith in your area to repair your wrought-iron table or fabricate a garden gate? Just call 423-913-1022, and the Central Office will connect you with someone in your area who can lead you to the perfect answer to your problem. ABANA has over 80 active affiliates around the world, with members willing to help educate the public on the art of blacksmithing. The Central Office looks forward to assisting ABANA with its mission of preserving and promoting the art and craft of blacksmithing; making a commitment to provide excellent service, honesty and integrity in the performance of our duties.

Central Office Contact Information

ABANA Central Office
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Phone: (423) 913-1022
Fax:     (423) 913-1023

Email: CentralOffice@abana.org