Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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  • The IBA Annual Conference will be held on June 5-7, 2015 at the Tipton County Fairgrounds in Tipton, IN.
    1. 2015 IBA Conference Brochure. This describes the conference completely including lots of photographs of the demonstrators and their work.
    2. 2015 IBA Conference Early Registration Form. Fill this out and mail it in to get price reduction on the conference registration fees.

  • NEXT MEETING: May 16 Hammer-In Sutton-Terock Shop. At the Fulton County Historical Society Located off US-31 about 4 miles North of Rochester, IN. Hammer-In will complete shop siding project started on May 9. If work is complete the forge will be lit. Please bring a screw gun, if you have one. Lunch provided by the Fulton County Historical Society Overnight camping will be available.

  • 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

  • HAMMER/ SLEDGE MAKING CLASS: June 3-4, 2015
    1. Location: Conners Prairie Blacksmith Shop, Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038

    2. Instructor: Nathan Robertson (Jackpine Forge)

    3. Class Size: Limited to 12 students. Both days must be attended

    4. Class Duration: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM with a break for lunch.

    5. Cost: $205 which covers both days and all materials and consumables. Each student will take home a finished hand hammer and a finished 6 lb striking hammer. A $100 deposit is required by May 27th. Checks payable to Nathan Robertson can be sent to 52765 Robertson Road, Max, MN 56659. The class will likely fill fast so an email inquiry at jackpineforge@gmail.com is recommended.

    6. Class Description: We'll be forging hammers and sledges in what I consider my standard style with an upset flat forging face and a variety of peen options. Day one will be hand hammers and students can choose to make cross, straight, single diagonal, or rounding hammers with double diagonal or cutler's hammers as other options. There will be a choice of weights from 1.5 lb to 3 lb in 1/4 lb increments and the handles will be 14 inch hickory factory handles. Day two will be 6 lb striking hammers with the option of making cross, straight, rounding, or double face sledges. Handles will be 30 inch hickory factory handles. Students will be working in pairs using striking techniques with sledges and top tools. Grinding and heat treating as pertaining to hammer making will be covered. Each step of the process will be demonstrated as the day progresses. Both demo pieces will be going into the IBA auction on the evening of the June 6th at the Tipton Fairgrounds. All materials including steel, handles, and abrasives will be provided. All tools such as sledges, punches, drifts, flatters, and tongs will be provided. Students should bring their personal safety equipment and wear appropriate clothing. Bringing your favorite forging hammer is recommended for any hand forging or fine tuning required. If you have a personal touch stamp bring that as well. Letter and number stamps for cold stamping will be available for use.

  • The IBA is in the process of organizing a new satellite group that will meet at the Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. Meetings likely will be held on the fourth Saturday of the month starting in March or April of 2015. For more information please contact Bill Newman (by phone at 317-690-2455 or by email at ruralsmiths1@yahoo.com).

  • 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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