Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America

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The Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA) was formed in 1973 to preserve and promote blacksmithing as an art and a craft.

Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Founded1973
Type501c3 Non Profit
FocusBlacksmithing
Area served
North America
Methodteaching
Websiteabana.org

Mission statement[edit]

The ABANA mission statement reads:

We understand that a blacksmith is one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil. The artist- blacksmith does this so as to unite the functional with the aesthetic, realizing that the two are inseparable. We the members of the Artist-Blacksmiths' Association of North America do join in our resolve to perpetuate the noble art of blacksmithing. With hammer and anvil, we will forge for mankind a richer life. We will preserve a meaningful bond with the past. We will serve the needs of the present, and we will forge a bridge to the future. Function and creativity is our purpose. Our task is great and so is our joy.[1]

History[edit]

The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America was formed in 1973 with twenty-seven members.[2] There are now 4000 members.

Publications[edit]

ABANA publishes two magazines: The Hammer's Blow and The Anvil's Ring.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abana.org/business/about_abana.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.abana.org/business/abana_founding.shtml
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-03-07.