Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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

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    >>>>> May 19 Hammer In Priddy Farm <<<<<<<<

    7052 South Orchard Lane, Owensburg, IN ; Directions: On Highway 58 directly across from the town of Owensburg turn South on Orchard Lane. Stay on Orchard Lane until you see large wood sign stating Priddy Farm, turn right in drive and go to shop. On Highway 45 go south until you are at the junction of 45/58 Crane Navy Base. Turn left (east) go to second county road, Orchard Lane and turn right. Follow Orchard Lane until you see Large wooden sign that says Priddy Farm, turn right in drive and go to shop. Pitch In Lunch, bring a chair.

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

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

  • IRON-IN-THE-HAT A complete blacksmith shop will be given away as a single item in the IRON-IN-THE-HAT drawing. This includes a table mounted forge provided by Fred Oden with a Roger Lorance fire pot. Kurt Fehrenbach's Class is making some tools, tongs, punches, drifts, and hardy tools. We will also include an anvil, quench tank, and tools. Each Item (including the shop) will have a container in front of it. Your tickets will be deposited in the container of your choice and from those tickets will be drawn the winner of that one item. Conference attendees are reminded to bring quality items to put in the IRON-IN-THE-HAT drawing.

  • AUCTION We will again have an auction of submitted items on Saturday night. Please consider bringing items to include in the Auction. Almost anything is acceptable. The only rule is "If you don't want it in your home or shop, we don't need it in the auction (or the IRON-IN-THE-HAT)". Beyond that, there are no restrictions on items donated. In the past we had cakes and pies and "Days in Someones Shop". So use your imagination. Contact JJ (Jim Johnston) if you have any questions.

  • 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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