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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Eddie Rainey
Eddie K Rainey, president

President's Message

Winter 2017




I have made many new friends over the course of this year, all of whom I hope to keep. It has been a very rewarding experience to sit and talk with so many of you about ABANA and metalworking in general. I am so encouraged by the hundreds of people I have met who are equally excited about the direction of ABANA. Changes have been made, and yes, there will be more to come as the board prepares for our annual meeting in November. Our goal last year was to connect with the membership and provide the foundation for the changes that we realize are evident to our success as the premier metalworking organization in the world. The newly elected board members, David Norrie, Lance Davis, and Jim Archambault, will bring their dynamic ideas and visions into the meeting. From their written statements, they share a common understanding of what ABANA is and how we will be effective as an organization in the future.

My thanks to Ray Nager, Amy Pieh, and Mark Haddix, for their dedicated service to the ABANA board. Their commitment to serve speaks well for all of us. It has truly been a pleasure for me to serve with them this year, especially during the Salt Lake Conference. Their visions and influence have helped us to make great progress over the years in defining our platform for the future.

I purchased an anchor chain last week during my trip to the Florida conference that made me realize the beauty of the process and the forging techniques that might not have been passed on. It is wrought iron, dated 1884, and each link weighs twenty pounds. My first thoughts were to cut it apart and share it with friends who might want to forge it to something beautiful. While unloading it into the shop, I realized that the original purpose was for the links to be joined forever as a chain. I chose not to destroy the 130 years of unity as links of a chain. Instead, it stands as a reminder of the purpose of our great organization and the links to our past and the connection with the future. With this clarity, the board of directors will be planning and implementing our goals for the organization during our annual meeting November 4-5 in Richmond, Virginia, the site of the 2018 ABANA conference. With the workers we now have on the board, I assure you we will accomplish what we have committed. We are prepared to take on new approaches to further advance the mission of our great organization and to advance the new generation of artist blacksmiths, contemporary metalworkers who are bringing dynamic new ideas and thoughts into metalworking.

Forge On ABANA,

Eddie Rainey
ABANA president

Eddie Rainey

ABANA President's Downloads

This message and previous presidents messages are available for download in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word formats:

Date President Acrobat Word
Spring 2016 Eddie Rainey Spring 2016.pdf Spring 2016.doc
Winter 2016 Eddie Rainey Winter 2016.pdf Winter 2016.doc
Fall 2015 David Hutchison Fall 2015.pdf Fall 2015.doc
Summer 2015 David Hutchison Summer 2015.pdf Summer 2015.doc
Spring 2015 David Hutchison Spring 2015.pdf Spring 2015.doc
Winter 2015 David Hutchison Winter 2015.pdf Winter 2015.doc
Fall 2014 David Hutchison Fall 2014.pdf Fall 2014.doc
Summer 2014 David Hutchison Summer 2014.pdf Summer 2014.doc
Spring 2014 David Hutchison Spring 2014.pdf Spring 2014.doc
Winter 2014 David Hutchison Winter 2014.pdf Winter 2014.doc
Fall 2013 David Hutchison Fall 2013.pdf Fall 2013.doc
Summer 2013 David Hutchison Summer 2013.pdf Summer 2013.doc
Spring 2013 David Hutchison Spring 2013.pdf Spring 2013.doc
Winter 2013 David Hutchison Winter 2013.pdf Winter 2013.doc
Fall 2012 Peyton Anderson Fall 2012.pdf Fall 2012.doc
Summer 2011 Peyton Anderson Summer 2011.pdf Summer 2011.doc
Spring 2011 Peyton Anderson Spring 2011.pdf Spring 2011.doc
Winter 2011 Peyton Anderson Winter 2011.pdf Winter 2011.doc
July 2010 Paul Boulay Jul-2010.pdf Jul-2010.doc
April 2010 Paul Boulay Apr-2010.pdf Apr-2010.doc
Jan 2010 Rome Hutchings Jan-2010.pdf Jan-2010.doc
Oct 2009 Rome Hutchings Oct-2009.pdf Oct-2009.doc
May 2009 Rome Hutchings May-2009.pdf May-2009.doc
November 2008 Rome Hutchings Nov-2008.pdf Nov-2008.doc
April 2008 Chris Winterstein Apr-2008.pdf Apr-2008.doc
February 2008 Chris Winterstein Feb-2008.pdf Feb-2008.doc
December 2007 Chris Winterstein Dec-2007.pdf Dec-2007.doc
November 2007 Chris Winterstein Nov-2007.pdf Nov-2007.doc