Back on the 19th, I started a thread over on casitaclub.com, in their hobbie section, about Blacksmithing. Below, is what I posted in that first one. You might be interested in looking at that one too.
I am really looking forward to the Illinois Event, and wish I could also do the Memphis ABANA event, but I just can't make it this year. If any of you are near, and really want to get a flavor of what's going on in this wonderful Art & Craft, stop in to an event near you.
I would "AMEN" to visiting Ian and Jenny Eddy. We met them when they came through Colorado last year and I saw, and even have a sample, of his work. I hope to get out to their shop someday too.
I thought I would post some things for those who might be interested in Blacksmithing. And, no, it doesn't just mean "Horseshoeing" . That was just one very small part of what some Blacksmiths did. In fact, they were, and are, called Farriers. Blacksmithing was a major part of most every aspect of life since people began using iron.
Today, many states have very active organizations that promote and maintain the Art of Blacksmithing. There is even a national group called ARTISTS BLACKSMITHS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA (ABANA).
ABANA's semi-annual conference is in Memphis, Tennessee on June 2-5 this year, but I can't make it.
Colorado has a group called Rocky Mountain Smiths (RMS)
RMS' annual event is in August this year up in Carbondale, Colorado, just south of Glenwood Springs and near Aspen.
Illinois has a group called ILLINOIS VALLEY BLACKSMITH'S ASSOCIATION (IVBA)
IVBA has their 29th annual event this year in Pontiac, Illinois on June 11-13 this year (I'll be at that)
Indiana has a group but I don't have the info right now so I'll get it or let someone else post it.
Let's hear from some others about their state.
Anyway, there's a bit for all of you that might be interested. How about you, Ian & Jenny, are you here? (Vermont Folks)