Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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

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  • It is with a heavy heart that we report that the mother of Dan Michael (the Coal Guy), Marilyn Hendrickson, has passed away. She was a frequent participant and attendee at the Illiana Antique Power Show. She will be missed. The obituary can be found at this web site. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM Thursday, July 2nd, at Powers-Priebe Funeral Home, with Rev. Isaac Zull officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill North Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 1st, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Powers-Priebe Funeral Home 315 S. Washington Street Crawfordsville, IN 47933 Phone: 765-362-6849

  • Our best wishes and prayers go out to our good friend, Roger Lorance, who is recovering well from a heart attack suffered while on a recent fishing trip.

  • NEXT MEETING: We have the Upper Midwest Regional Blacksmith Conference (UMRBC or Pontiac ) coming next month. Bill Conyers is the IBA co- ordinator. If you want to help out or have any questions contact Bill at (574) 277-8729 or email:

  • 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!

  • Current Newsletter

  • On June 22, the History Channel started presenting a brand new competition series called Forged in Fire. This new show brings together some of the most talented bladesmiths in the world in a contest setting. Within the series, viewers get a chance to watch as these master bladesmiths recreate some of the most iconic weapons from history, this includes medieval broadswords, Japanese katanas and even ancient throwing blades.

  • NEXT EPISODE of Forged in Fire: CHAKRAM, Premiere Date: June 29, 2015 - 10:03-11:01PM ET. Four bladesmiths must forge a weapon using only reclaimed metal. With the clock winding down, two of the competitors are dramatically forced to improvise, and one almost doesn't make it through the round at all. The finalists head to their home forges to make an ancient Indian Chakram, and they return with two very different interpretations of that deadly, circular throwing weapon. But only one stands up to the judges' dynamic battery of tests. Upcoming Airings: June 30, 2015 - 02:04-03:02AM ET June 30, 2015 - 11:03-12:01AM ET

  • The IBA has organized a new satellite group that meets at the Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month. For more information please contact Bill Newman (by phone at 317-690-2455 or by email at

  • 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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