An Affiliate of the
Association of North America, Inc. (ABANA)
NEXT MEETING: February 21 Hammer-In at
Bill Conyer's Shop: 50964 Lilac Rd, South Bend, IN. DIRECTIONS: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
March 21 Annual Business Meeting- Kelly Farms / Doc Ramseyer, 6032 W 550 N, Sharpsville, IN 46060. Located just west of US-31. Approximately 6 miles north of SR-28 (Tipton) or 3 miles south of SR-26 (Kokomo). Please bring a dish to share
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!
The IBA Annual Conference will be held on June 5-7, 2015 at the Tipton County Fairgrounds in Tipton, IN.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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