Links to Technical Information
The following links contain invaluable
informationfor the artist-metalsmith:
(if you know of others, please e-mail
me so they can be added)
- Artist Blacksmiths' Association
of North America (ABANA)
- ABANA , based in the USA, is the major international art-smithing
organization and has a world-wide membership. It supports the
exchange of technical and design considerations of all matters
relating to the artistic forging of primarily iron/steel.
- An information source for art metal workers working in various
- SkipJack Press
- SkipJack Press publishes books about blacksmithing and the
"New Edge of the Anvil," is an instructional guide
for the blacksmith. It shows and describes the necessary tools,
how to set up a forge, and the basic forging processes. It has
numerous drawings, illustrations, and photographs making it a
valuable resource for the artist-blacksmith.
Another area of publication focuses on the historical aspects
of blacksmithing and the iron work of master artist-blacksmiths
of the past. These artists represent the height of iron work in
both design and fabrication and serve as examples for us today.
Books included in this area are about the great master smiths
Samuel Yellin and the work of American colonial blacksmiths.
- A growing archive of useful information for blacksmiths,
technique tips, and links.
Midwest Blacksmith's Association (UMBA)
- Saugus Iron Works
National Historic Site in Saugus, Mass.