Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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

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  • 2016 IBA Conference Brochure

  • 2016 IBA Conference Sign Up Sheet

  • IBA CONFERENCE UPDATE: Friday night (June 3) DEMO ~ Charlie Helton and Brad Weaver will be making a set of bar shoes, for horses not saloons. This is a DO NOT MISS Demo! Charlie was the 2014 IBA Blacksmith of the Year and Brad was the 2012 IBA Rookie Blacksmith of the Year.

  • At this year's IBA Conference the AUCTION is set for Saturday, June 4, and will be open to the public. IBA members are encouraged to donate items that would appeal to blacksmiths and non-blacksmiths. Items selling for $100 or more are eligible for 50/50 split with the donor. The intent is to showcase the skills and talents of the IBA members and to encourage donations. We plan to have an on-line listing to generate buyer interest. The expectation is that listed items would be committed to sell.

  • 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

  • The IBA would like to announce a new satellite group that meets at Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds in Rockville, IN. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month. For more information please contact John Bennett (by phone at 812-877-7274 or by email at johnbennett1959 atsign This group, called the Covered Bridge Blacksmith Guild, is also hosting a Facebook page that you can locate in Facebook by searching for Covered Bridge Blacksmith Guild.


  • For those of us who enjoyed the Forged in Fire shows last year, History Channel will be airing season #2 episodes starting February 16. This new show brings together talented blacksmiths in a contest setting. Season Premiere, Tuesday, Feb 16, at 10/9c.


  • 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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