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.

ABANA 2018 Conference

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2018 Conference Richmond, Virginia Wed Jun27 - Sat 30 Jun, 2018

The ABANA 2018 Conference
will held in
Richmond, Virginia
at the
Meadow Event Park

Wed Jun 27 - Sat 30 Jun, 2018
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We are working on a slate of demonstrations that will reflect the theme of the conference, and are in discussions with smiths from across the country and around the world. We are striving to have a variety of demonstrators covering a wide range of styles using tools from hand hammers to forging presses and power hammers. Our hope is that the only attendees we might not be able to please will be those that want to see everything! As demonstrator details are confirmed, their demonstrations will be posted on the ABANA website.

Check back for more details as they become available