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IBA CONFERENCE, JUNE 2-4: 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.
May 20 Hammer In at the Jennings County Historical Society Blacksmith Shop: Vernon, IN. Directions: Take State Road 3 to Vernon, IN. Turn onto North Pike St at the Courthouse. Go one block. The Blacksmith shop is on the right after the historical society building. Please bring a dish to share.
The IBAs newest satellite group 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 gmail.com). 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!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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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