ABANA e-mail Survey - Through 12-28-2007
1. How do you classify yourself? (While many might apply, please choose the best fit. Feel free to assume "part time", "hobbyist", or "amateur" as a prefix to any of these choices.)
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Blacksmith
48.2%410
Metalsmith
13.3%113
Artist
13.4%114
Fabricator
4.5%38
Craftsman
7.5%64
Collector or Patron
0.7%6
 Other (please specify)
12.4%105
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2. How would you classify your ability?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Only an observer/Just interested
0.5%4
Beginner/Novice (learning)
11.9%101
Apprentice (some skills/still learning)
29.4%249
Journeyman (lots of skills/still learning)
36.4%309
Advanced (skilled to demonstrator levels)
21.5%182
Patron/Collector
0.4%3
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3. Are you engaged in blacksmithing or related activities for a substantial part of your income?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
39.9%339
No
60.1%511
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4. What are you interested in doing or learning about? (choose one or more)
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Forged household items, candlesticks, fireplace tools, etc.
45.4%381
Furniture, lighting, screens, larger scale built-in pieces
35.2%296
Tool making, hammers, chisels, blades, etc.
38.7%325
Raised vessels, repousse, armor, etc.
17.4%146
Architectural work, gates, railings, etc.
37.9%318
Artistic work, sculpture, etc.
34.2%287
All of the above
46.0%386
 Other (please specify)
7.7%65
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5. What are you MOST interested in doing or learning about?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Forged household items, candlesticks, fireplace tools, etc.
17.8%149
Furniture, lighting, screens, larger scale built-in pieces
16.1%135
Tool making, hammers, chisels, blades, etc.
14.1%118
Raised vessels, repousse, armor, etc.
3.9%33
Architectural work, gates, railings, etc.
17.4%146
Artistic work, sculpture, etc.
24.1%202
 Other (please specify)
6.6%55
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6. Age Group
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Under 20
0.6%5
20-30
3.1%26
30-40
13.1%110
40-50
20.7%174
50-60
35.4%298
60-70
21.6%182
70 plus
5.6%47
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7. Gender:
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Male
93.4%781
Female
6.6%55
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8. Are you a current member of ABANA?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
99.2%839
No
0.8%7
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Questions 9 through 12 were only presented to those not currently members -- as this particular survey was sent only to current members the numbers are very small so they are omitted in this summary. Questions 9 - 12 closely paralleled the following few questions.

13. Please grade ABANA with your satisfaction level?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Excellent
26.2%219
Good
53.5%447
Fair
17.7%148
Poor
2.6%22
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14. Which magazine do you appreciate the most?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Hammer’s Blow
10.7%89
Anvil’s Ring
13.5%112
I appreciate them both equally for different reasons
75.8%629
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15. How long have you been a member, in total?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
One year or less
15.1%127
2-5 years
34.0%285
5-10 years
26.2%220
10-20 years
15.5%130
Longer than 20 years
9.2%77
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16. Please indicate the areas that are most troubling to you. (choose as many as apply)
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Cost of Membership
10.2%84
I can get most of the information from other sources
11.8%97
I don’t relate to Anvil’s Ring content – too advanced
7.3%60
Anvil’s Ring has insufficient discernment or design quality
7.5%62
Hammer’s Blow is not fulfilling my needs
4.5%37
Without a 2008 conference there's no need to be a member
9.2%76
None of the above / ABANA is doing an acceptable job
53.6%441
 Other (please specify)
28.4%234
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17. Please indicate the ONE area that is most troubling to you.
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Cost of Membership
7.4%60
I can get most of the information from other sources
6.4%52
I don’t relate to Anvil’s Ring content – too advanced
4.1%33
Anvil’s Ring has insufficient discernment or design quality
3.5%28
Hammer’s Blow is not fulfilling my needs
2.0%16
Without a 2008 conference there's no need to be a member
6.1%49
None of the above / ABANA is doing an acceptable job
46.5%376
 Other (please specify)
24.1%195
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18. Do you have a computer with Internet access?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
99.4%829
No
0.6%5
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19. If your e-mail address were kept confidential would you like to receive communications from ABANA?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
91.7%760
No
8.2%68
I do not have a computer or email access
0.1%1
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20. If you have a computer, how often do you visit ABANA’s website?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Often (Once a week or more)
8.9%74
Occasionally (Roughly once a month)
41.4%345
Rarely (A few times a year)
46.0%384
Never
3.7%31
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21. Rate ABANA’s Web site on access to information you want and need?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Excellent
9.2%71
Good
49.9%386
Fair
34.6%268
Poor
6.3%49
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22. If you have Internet access, would you be interested in receiving the Anvil’s Ring and/or the Hammer’s Blow by the Internet?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
11.6%97
Yes, but only for the Hammer's Blow
5.9%49
Yes, but only for the Anvil's Ring
0.5%4
No, I prefer hard copies
82.0%685
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23. Would you like to see the Journeyman Program revitalized?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes, and I am willing to help
20.3%140
Yes, but I cannot help
43.3%299
No
3.2%22
Don’t care
33.3%230
 Comments (please specify)214
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24. What do you think of the Scholarship/Grant Programs of ABANA?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
OK as they are
39.1%284
Too restricted, difficult to get, etc.
11.6%84
Did not know ABANA had a Scholarship/Grant Program
43.7%317
Needs changes (Please add comment)
5.6%41
 Comments (please specify)149
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25. Should ABANA Board Members have term limits?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
No
19.7%160
Yes
45.3%369
Does not matter
35.0%285
 Comments (please specify)130
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26. Are you a member of an ABANA affiliate?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
64.0%529
No
36.0%298
 If yes, how many? (please specify)461
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27. Are you a member of any other (not affiliated with ABANA) organization, guild, association, etc. that is involved in blacksmithing?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
20.8%171
No
79.2%650
 If yes, name of organization (please specify)149
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28. If you are a member of a group that is not an Affiliate, why have they not applied to become an ABANA Affiliate?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Uncertain of the benefits of being an Affiliate
22.2%55
They function well as they are
34.3%85
 Other (please specify)
43.5%108
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29. If you are not a member of any blacksmithing group, why not?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
I live too far away
26.8%75
I don’t like groups
5.7%16
I like learning on my own
8.6%24
 Other (please specify)
58.9%165
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30. Do you think ABANA conferences should:
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Continue as before with different locations every two years.
85.5%577
Continue as before, every two years, but have one central location.
14.5%98
 Other (please specify)187
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31. In addition to galleries and domestic demonstrators, the ABANA conference should include: (choose as many as apply)
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
International demonstrators
64.4%490
Professional development lectures
65.2%496
Teaching stations
81.2%618
Open forges
56.6%431
 Other (please specify)119
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32. To help ABANA plan conferences, what is the maximum Conference admission fee you are willing to pay?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
$100 to $200
51.1%375
$200 to $300
38.3%281
$300 to $500
10.6%78
 Other (please specify)114
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33. Conference planning should provide? (Choose as many as apply)
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
A room and board package
63.3%482
Camping on-site
53.5%408
Camping and motel/hotel directions
72.6%553
A meal package
44.0%335
On-site food vendors
69.0%526
One banquet style dinner
40.9%312
 Other (please specify)122
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34. A reasonable budget for accommodations and meals for an ABANA Conference?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
$100
9.9%71
$200
24.5%176
$300
34.1%245
$400
21.3%153
$500 and up
10.2%73
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35. Please let us know about anything that will allow ABANA to serve your needs better or anything else you would like to share with ABANA.
 Response
Count
 335
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36. Contact information is totally optional. If you would like us to get back with you please provide your name and an e-mail address and/or a phone number. Name:
 Response
Count
 444
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37. E-Mail Address:
 Response
Count
 452
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38. Phone Number:
 Response
Count
 318
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