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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March 8, 2017 -

ABANA 2018 Conference Poster Contest

Enter to win 2 Free Passes to the

ABANA 2018 Conference
Richmond, Virginia 27-30 June 2018

"Learning from the Past, Forging to the Future"

ABANA 2018 Poster Contest Click on the image for complete details

Feb 22, 2017 -

ABANA 2017 Board Member Election Nominations

You still have time to run for the Board

Deadline is May 15, 2017

ABANA Needs You Click on the image for complete details

January 26, 2017 -

Why ABANA? a Social Media Contest

Enter to receive a free 4 x 5 ABANA Sticker and a chance to win Julius Schramm's book: "The Artist-Blacksmith's Craft" and a a 1 ounce silver coin featuring an image of Francis Whittaker (the father of contemporary smithing)
Why ABANA Contest Click on the sticker for complete details

June 20, 2016 -

Ypres 2016 - International Blacksmithing Event, Ypres, Belgium Sep 1-6, 2016

Ypres Cenotaph

In September 2016, a striking new World War 1 Cenotaph will be created at the Grote Markt, in front of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. The Cenotaph will be located adjacent to the German War Cemetery at Langemark Poelkapelle.

Plan to attend the event

We've received an amazing response from blacksmiths in America forging poppy petals and we need your continued support in helping to raise funds for the Ypres 2016 Poppy Cenotaph. A crowdfunding campaign is underway and, where possible, we're asking blacksmiths and farriers to make a donation or buy a poppy, all proceeds go towards the project. If you're not able to donate please share as widely as possible through your networks and anyone who has a love of horses who will understand the valuable contribution made during WW1. Together we can do this.

Donate to help support the event

ABANA 2016 Conference 13-16 Jul 2016- John Barron Railing Workshop - Ring Project

Railing Ring

We really need your help! We need many more rings than have been sent in. The railing calls for 18. Please let us know if you're making one or if you're sending one at the conference is only a few weeks away.

The Railing Project

Ring Technical Requirements

Mar 17, 2016 -

Anvil's Ring Editor Contract

Anvil's Ring Logo

The current Anvil's Ring Contract will be expiring in August and is up for renewal. There will be more information in the Summer Issue of the Anvil's Ring. Any interested parties please contact Bruce Jarrell, the Publications Committee Chairman

Bruce Jarrell

Mar 16, 2016 -

ABANA 2016 Conference Salt Lake City, Utah Jul 13-16, 2016

Make your trip to the Conference a Family Vacation that you'll remember for a lifetime:

Utah's Mighty 5

Register by Mar 31, 2016 and save $85.00


Feb 1, 2016 -

ABANA 2016 Conference Salt Lake City, Utah Jul 13-16, 2016

Super IITH Tickets

Register by Feb. 29, 2016 and receive 10 free Super Drawing Iron in the Hat tickets! Tickets will be MAILED TO YOU. You will choose what drawing to enter in when you arrive.


Jan 15,2016 -

ABANA 2016 Conference Salt Lake City, Utah Jul 13-16, 2016

Mini Anvil

Time is running out to get a free Commemorative 2016 Conference Mini Anvil when you register for the ABANA Conference.
If you are planning to attend the Conference, register before Jan 31, 2016 to take advantage of this offer


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