Indiana Blacksmithing Association, Inc.

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


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  • NEXT MEETING: IBA Board of Directors Meeting and Open Forge (for all members) will be held on September 19 at Hayden Historical Museum. Hayden is located in Jennings County about midway between Seymour and North Vernon just north of US50 and halfway between Indianapolis and Louisville. From US50, turn north on CR 700W. Turn right at the first cross road (CR 20 S) and proceed through the next intersection. The Museum is the third building on the right. A gravel parking lot is located behind the museum. 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!

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  • 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.

  • 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 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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