NC ABANA Membership Application Regional Groups
Regional groups hold their own meetings. Blacksmithing
Web Site: _____________________________________________________________
Areas of Blacksmithing Interest: ____________________________________________
Blacksmithing Experience: ________________________________________________
Email Address: _________________________________________________________
Phone (Home): ________________________ (Work or Cell): _____________________
Please contact the host to confirm date,
time and location. You may attend any of
Western North Carolina Blacksmiths
2nd Wednesday evening, each month
T r i a d Ar e a B l a c k s m i t hs
(336) 998-7829 QUESTIONS
1st Tuesday evening
Grand Buzzard's Nest ANSWERS
Waxhaw, NC ABOUT A
(704) 843 -5586
Last Saturday, even # months
Southern Foothills Blacksmiths
2nd Sunday, each month
Triangle Blacksmith Guild
1st Saturday, even # months
Annual dues are $25 (inside USA), $35 (outside
USA). Make check or money order payable to NC Brasstown Blacksmiths
ABANA. Cut out the form above and send it along Paul Garrett
with your check or money order to: Brasstown, NC
NC ABANA c/o Marty Lyon 3rd Sunday, each month
220 Fearrington Post
Pittsboro, NC 27312
email to email@example.com
WHAT IS NC ABANA? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IS BLACKSMITHING A DYING ART?
NC ABANA is the North Carolina Affiliate MEMBERSHIP? Not at all, blacksmithing is growing. The
of the Artist Blacksmith Association of 1.Members receive the Hot Iron Sparkle, memberships in ABANA and in NC
North America, an organization of men quarterly. This excellent newsletter contains ABANA have both doubled within the last
and women who are practicing and news of the organization, schedule and five years. More and more people are learning
preserving the skills of blacksmithing. The location of meetings, as well as informative to appreciate the beauty of hand-forged
organization includes hobbyists, farriers (people articles on blacksmithing techniques, plans ironwork, and galleries are eager to present the
who shoe horses), blade smiths (knife for neat projects: and valuable safety tips. work of metal sculptors.
makers), architectural fabricators, The newsletter contains schedules of
sculptors, museum interpreters, furniture blacksmithing conferences held throughout WHERE CAN WE SEE
makers, and other artists and craftsmen who the country, and blacksmithing classes BLACKSMITHS AT WORK?
utilize the traditional skills of the blacksmith to being taught in North Carolina and Members of NC ABANA regularly
create useful and beautiful objects. elsewhere. demonstrate at the Dixie Classic Fair in
WHEN AND WHERE DOES IT MEET? 2.Members have access to the library Winston-Salem, NC and at the North Carolina
containing many of the most authoritative State Fair in Raleigh. Blacksmiths interpret
NC ABANA holds quarterly chapter the traditional craft at living history museums
books on blacksmithing and metal
meetings at various locations around
sculpture. The library also has videotapes such as Old Salem, and Colonial
North Carolina, usually on the third
and DVDs of blacksmithing demonstrations. Williamsburg.
Saturday. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. &
And of course you are welcome to visit o n e
continue until about 4:00 in the afternoon. See 3.Members are eligible, after one yea,r to
of our chapter or regional meetings
our website for the schedule. In addition to apply for one of several scholarships that
a n d w a t c h t h e demonstrations.
the chapter meetings, the Regional Groups are given annually. Scholarships may be
hold separate meetings. See “Regional used at the John C. Campbell Folk School, FOR MORE INFORMATION
Group” section of this brochure for details. the Penland School of Crafts, or at any Visit the NC ABANA website at
other institution teaching blacksmithing.
WHAT GOES ON AT MEETINGS?
The meetings are usually a mixture of www.ncabana.org
demonstrations of blacksmithing techniques, WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP COST?
shoptalk about tools and supplies, tool swap Annual dues in NC ABANA are only
among members, and displays of member’s $25.00 per year ($35.00 outside IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN
work. An "Iron-in-the-Hat" drawing is held to U S A ) . W e a r e a n o n - p r of i t organization BLACKSMITHING AND METAL
raise money for the scholarship fund. Often, and approved as such by the IRS. WORKING, WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN
multiple forges are set up for beginners to try WITH US IN THE NORTH CAROLINA
their hand and learn from the more
experienced blacksmiths. Lunch is available,
ARTIST BLACKSMITH ASSOCIATION
at chapter meetings, for a reasonable cost. OF NORTH AMERICA.