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ABANA Heading In Wrong Direction?

ABANA Now All Inclusive (short version) ABANA Now All Inclusive (long version) This is a discussion regarding whether ABANA should remain true to Article II of the by-laws, by demanding all aspects of ABANA deal solely with forging/blacksmiths.  This would mean that ABANA would not promote other forms of metalworking processes, i.e. electric welding,...

The Anvil and God’s Word

Last night I passed beside the blacksmith’s door, And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; Then looking in, I saw upon the floor, Old hammers, worn with beating years of time. “How many anvils have you had?” says I, “To wear and batter all those hammers so?” “Just one”, said he, and with...

Hand Forged Ironwork…Art or Craft?

I recognize the fact that for centuries, there has been a longstanding debate about “What is art?” and “What is craft?” or, “Art vs. Craft.” Many folks feel to discuss the subject is folly. I wish to address the question “Where is ironwork today?” Is it art, or is it craft? Can it be...

New Horizons in Metal

After forging decorative and architectural ironwork for over 30 years, there seems to be no end to design possibilities in sight. The thrill of discovery, of new forms, of yet untried motifs, has me returning to the drawing board, and consequently to the fire with anticipation. This is the stuff that keeps the engine...