Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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


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  • NEXT EVENT: Charles Gruell Memorial service: There will be a memorial service for Charles Gruell at Kelley Farm (6032 W 550 N, Sharpsville, IN 46068) on April 28, starting at 2:00. The April 28 date is correct. The Forge Fire lists the date as the 20th but the 20th is wrong.

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  • 2019 IBA CONFERENCE, May 31-June 2, 2019, Tipton, IN:
  • IBA 2019 Conference Brochure.
  • IBA 2019 Conference Registration Form

  • Here are some interesting changes you will see at the 2018 IBA Conference.

  • IRON-IN-THE-HAT: Fred Oden is organizing the Iron-in-the-Hat. It will follow last year's concept of high quality items with separate ticket draws for each item. If your ticket is drawn, you have until Sunday to claim your item. You do not need to be present to win. Contact Fred Oden if you have any questions.

  • GALLERY: We will have the Gallery, so bring items that you have made or acquired. In addition to the Iron-in-the-Hat we will have our regular Saturday night auction. Items selling for more than $100 are eligible for a 50/50 split. Please donate items to both Iron-in-the-Hat and to the auction.

  • DEMONSTRATORS: Mark Aspery will our primary demonstrator. Steve King and Broadus Thompson are slated to give 1/2 day demonstrations on Saturday. The Friday night demonstration has not been revealed.

  • PRE-CONFERENCE CLASS: Mark Aspery will be teaching two classes at Conner Prairie before the Conference.

  • Wednesday, May 29: Tool Making.

  • Thursday May 30: Slitting. Drifting, Punching & Joinery

  • Classes are $150/day. Both classes may be full, but contact Jim Johnston for availability/waiting list. Blue Moon Press will be supporting our Conference again this year. They offer a wide selection of books pertaining to blacksmithing and related subjects. Be sure to visit their booth during the Conference.


  • 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.

  • NEXT EPISODE.

  • 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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