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ABANA’s Iron to Art Festival – October 14th-16th in Johnstown, PA

For the first time in ABANA’s history, there will be a Festival held at the home office in Johnstown, PA. For those of you that are not familiar with ABANA, it is the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America.  PAABA is an affiliate of ABANA along with over 80 other affiliates located  in the United States, but also in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, etc.  You can view the lengthy list on their web site www.abana.net.  ABANA helps blacksmiths in many ways to promote blacksmithing through education, conferences, impressive periodicals, (Anvil’s Ring and Hammer’s Blow), networking and resources.  This year a Festival will be held at the new home office which will be dedicated as the ABANA Headquarters and events will happen in the nearby People’s National Gas Park.  There will be beginner classes for youth and adults, vendors of tools and equipment, vendors of books and videos, a Gallery of Ironwork will be on display, public auction, Iron in the Hat, and raffles.  If you have not attended an ABANA Conference, this will introduce you to an ABANA event.  This Festival will have excellent demonstrators such as:  Bruce Jarrell, Jennifer Petrila, Patrick Quinn, Bob Valentine, Peter Ross and the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths. You might  like to add it onto a family vacation, there is camping available and lodging nearby.  If you want to visit for just one day, there is pricing to accommodate your schedule and budget.  If you would like to tailgate some items from the back of your truck, there will be an area designated for you.  It will be a special weekend in Johnstown and also for ABANA.  You will want to say you attended the very first Festival held at the newly dedicated ABANA headquarters!  


October 9 - Country Fab - CANCELLED Host: Bob Pickens, Demonstrator David Collier!  We plan to meet him this year and experience a great day with David!


November 6 – Steve Kontaxes’ Shop - CANCELLED Demonstrator, PAABA Member Todd Andrews, learn about making cable Damascus and items made using this special process.







Care to Get Involved?
We are seeking & updating our demonstrators' list.  Would you like to demonstrate at community days in your area?
You will need:
  • A portable forge
  • And your Own Set-up...
(and if you don't have one and are still interested, we can work with you.)
Contact an officer:
John Steel 412-855-6511
Dave Simmons 330-385-1393
Steve Kontaxes 412-691-0173
Chris Holt 412-741-6171
Check this page frequently as we add more information as it becomes available.  See you soon at a Hammer-In!