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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The Classified Ads section is available for listing tools, books and a host of related blacksmithing equipment. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, let this section do the work for you! While you do not need to register to just browse the ads, those posting for the first time will need to sign up to manage their ads.

The International News and Notes page is the place to look for information about blacksmithing around the globe.

Professional's Corner is a place for news and notes for those engaged in blacksmithing for their livelyhood. Employment opportunities and calls for proposals are posted in this section.

Educational Resources:
Education Home
Educational Downloads
The Journeyman Program
The School List of Blacksmithing Programs
Book Reviews on Artist/Blacksmith Books
Video Rentals
Boy Scout Merit Badge Requirements
Tempil Guide
Application Form for the Demonstrators List

PDF Files:
Demonstrator List (new)
Demonstrator Guidelines
The ABANA Scholarship Form for Individual Members
"New Design Through Discovery"
"Hex Signs on Ironwork" by Frank Turley
"Principles of Design" by Boyd Holtan
Educational Downloads

Scholarship Reports:
Colby Brinkman

External Sites:
How Sword Making Works, by Jeff Tyson
Live Demonstrations on the Slack Tub Pub

Britain's Countryside Agency Archive -- free downloads of "The Blacksmith's Craft" and other classics.

ABANA continues to develop educational programs that focus on providing avenues to learn about the art and craft of blacksmithing. The Education Committee works on lesson plans for the basics of forging for ABANA members wishing to increase their forging skills and aptitude.The articles appear in Hammer's Blow. For more information on this program or how to become involved, please contact John McLellan, Education and Professional Development Chair.

So join us today and begin receiving all of the benefits of ABANA membership!

Listed below is a variety of valuable informational resources for blacksmiths of all skill levels. This page is updated on a regular basis and please feel free to contact the ABANA Central Office if you have suggestions for information that should be posted.

Boy Scouts of America Metalwork Merit Badge

Please send us pictures and text of your educational projects! Check out this hammer made by Brian Collins, a BABA member living in the United Kingdom.

NEW!!! Links to Blacksmith Books Online

Blacksmith Practice

The Brazing Book Online

Countryside Agency-England

Also downloadable from the Herefordshire College of Technology

Google's Books On-line
Google has scanned many old books on blacksmithing (and everything else!) To find those that are free of copyright restrictions try this link:

ABANA continues to develop educational programs and focus on providing avenues to learn about the art. One area of blacksmithing education is through the availability, to our members, of written and audio/visual materials. We will also be adding and archiving educational files to this part of the site. If you have an article, story, or set of plans you would like to share with the membership, please the Central Office.

So join us today and begin receiving all of the benefits of ABANA membership!

Favorite YouTube Videos

[Note: Unfortunately YouTube links don't seem to last very long. So you may have to search for these by name.]

Mark Aspery Demonstrates Forge Welding

Jill Turman on being an Artist-Blacksmith

Mark Aspery on Blacksmithing --
Making closed die ball tool on the power hammer.

Mark demonstrates his mastery over steel by showing how an original form can be used to make a tool that is used to make many duplicates of that form.

PDF Files:
Vertical Vice
3 Phase Convertor
Pipe Forge Plans
Guillotine Tool

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