Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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


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  • NEXT MEETING: July 19 Hammer-In, St Joe Valley Forgers at Bill Conyer's Shop: 50964 Lilac Rd, South Bend, IN

    >>From the south: Go through South Bend on US 933 to Auten Rd. Turn left or west, cross the river, the first road is Lilac turn right (north), look for yellow house on right

    >>From the toll road: Get off at exit # 77 this will put you on US 933. Go north to Auten Rd. Turn left or west, cross the river, the first road is Lilac turn right (north), look for yellow house on right

    >>Lunch with be provided

  • Current Newsletter

  • The ABANA 2014 Conference will held at the Delaware States Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware, Aug 13-16, 2014. The list of conference demonstrators is quite extraordinary.

  • Here is a little retrospective of our 2013 conference.

  • For the Curious Blacksmith:

  • On July 18 & 19 the Shipshewana Area Historical Society has an event called Reminisces of Shipshewana. This event celebrates the memories of Shipshewana and of it`s area. Shipshewana was a logging and farming town back in the late 1800`s and early 1900`s. You will see one of the largest old trade demonstrations of the early 1900`s in this area.

  • 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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