Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

An Affiliate of the
Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc. (ABANA)

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  • NEXT MEETING: April 15 Hammer In Whitewater Valley Blacksmiths - Joyce Roell's shop 5175 State Rte 252, Brookville, IN 47012. Note: GPS works better using State Rte 252. Entering State Road 252 may take you to a different location. For directions, or if you get lost, call Keith Hicks at 765-914-6584. Pitch in lunch.

  • Here is the link to the Brochure describing our 2017 IBA Conference to be held on June 2-4, at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Tipton, Indiana. Conference demonstrators include: Coppersmith Robert Taylor, Brotherhood of Friendly Hammermen, Architectural Blacksmith Gordon Williams, and Spouse's Program with Connie Retter.

  • The brochure linked above is 12 pages long and contains the registration material. You can download just the two-pages of registration material at this link.

    There will be a terrific Blacksmith Workshop (for beginners) coming up on May 4 and 5 given by 2016 IBA Blacksmith of the Year, John Bennett.

  • The IBA would like to announce a new satellite group that meets at Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds in Rockville, IN. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month. For more information please contact John Bennett (by phone at 812-877-7274 or by email at johnbennett1959 atsign This group, called the Covered Bridge Blacksmith Guild, is also hosting a Facebook page that you can locate in Facebook by searching for Covered Bridge Blacksmith Guild.

  • 9:30 AM is the regular meeting time for IBA Hammer-Ins with beginner training available at 9:00 AM unless otherwise noted. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ASK FOR HELP!


  • For those of us who enjoyed the Forged in Fire shows during the last two years, History Channel is now airing season #3 episodes on Tuesdays at 9E/8C o'clock.


  • The IBA has created a Facebook group designed to encourage INFORMAL COMMUNICATION among our members and among all people interested in blacksmithing.The Facebook group name is "Indiana Blacksmithing Association (IBA)". Please feel free to "Join" the group on Facebook. It is a public group so anyone can join and post to it. In your posts, please be respectful of others. Please feel free to post photographs or create photo albums that relate to the mission of the IBA. FORMAL COMMUNICATION about the activities of the IBA and our newsletters can still be found at this web site.

  • Here is a little retrospective of our 2013 conference.

  • For the Curious Blacksmith:

  • A recent newspaper article about Tom Latane', one of our featured demonstrators in the 2014 IBA Annual Conference. Pepin, Wis., blacksmith achieves excellence in ironclad art. Our second featured demonstrator was Alan Kress.

  • South Bend Tribune article about IBA 2013 Rookie Blacksmith of the Year Jamie DePriest

  • At the 2013 IBA Conference in Tipton, IN, the Brotherhood of Friendly Hammermen forged a large split cross. View the video made by David Hammer.

  • Jim Claar's new power hammer.

  • Interesting video about Japanese smithing: Eric Chevallier: The Blacksmith`s Apprentice by Adam Marelli.

  • Interesting video about modern chain making: How it`s Made: Chains.

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