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

Why ABANA Contest
Social Media



ABANA Social Media Contest

We're giving away a free 4"x5" ABANA sticker:


to anyone who provides an answer to the question: "Why ABANA?"

In addition, the person with the best answer will receive
A Grand Prize consisting of:

a 1 ounce silver coin featuring an image of Francis Whittaker

(the father of contemporary smithing):

Francis Whitaker Coin

and a copy of Julius Schramm's book:
"The Artist-Blacksmith's Craft"

Schramm Book

ABANA was formed in 1973 and helped to spark the resurgence of blacksmithing in America. Over the last 40 plus years we have grown to over 4000 members. We are researching why our current members choose to become a part of ABANA. We are especially interested in hearing from our long time members, those that have mastered the skills of blacksmithing; and those members that are still learning the basic skills of blacksmithing. We'd also like to hear from those that are currently not members but are considering joining or may have decided not to join.

To be entered to win simply:

1. Like us on Facebook:Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America - ABANA

2. Create a Facebook post to your profile with your response to Why ABANA, be sure to include the hashtag: #whyabana , and tag us: @Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America - ABANA.

3. The Contest will cose on Sep 30, 2017. All entries posted prior to then will be judged. The winner will be chosen based on your answers by a panel of judges.

4. To receive the sticker after posting your answer, send your mailing address to:

ABANA Central Office
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

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

Email: CentralOffice@abana.org

(ABANA Board, Committee Members, & Staff are eligible to submit answers and receive a sticker, but are not eligible to receive the grand prize.)