Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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

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    >>>>> Special IBA Meeting in Michigan on April 21 <<<<<<<<

    Jim Johnston has arranged a huge event for this month's hammer-in. On April 21 the IBA will be meeting at the Joel Sanderson Iron Works in Quincy, MI. The shop has a many different pieces of equipment driven by line shaft. The line shaft is powered by a Reid horizontal cylinder engine. There is a full day of demonstrations planned. Check out page 7 of the April Forge Fire for a detailed list of the day's activities.

  • 2018 IBA CONFERENCE, June 1-3, 2018, Tipton, IN:
  • IBA 2018 Conference Brochure.
  • IBA 2018 Conference Registration Form

  • 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 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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