ABANA Conference 2016, Salt Lake City

It only happens every two years and you won't
want to miss it!

Join the great gathering of blacksmiths from around the world!


It’s time to plan to attend the 2016 biennial conference of the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America, to be held at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. The site boasts a large tree lined grass area for the demonstrations.

  • The marketplace and lectures will be inside air conditioned spaces.
  • There is on-site space for camping and RV’s.
  • Salt Lake City offers a Trax rail system that runs from the airport to downtown, with the Fairpark as one of the stops.
  • There are many hotels an easy walk from any of the stops and world class restaurants downtown besides.
  • The theme for the conference is Education and we’ve designed a program to promote hands on learning. There are many classes with projects ranging from beginner to advanced. Projects such as Animal Heads, Tongs, Forge Welding, Damascus Billets, Repousse’, Fold Forming, and Patination will all be presented as hands on classes.

This year there is a dedicated Youth Tent, for the younger aspiring smiths to try their hand at  projects. We will have a railing workshop with John Barron, of which the railing will be installed at the handicap ramp of the historic Pioneer building site at the Fairpark. The workshop will cover measuring the site, designing the railing, forging and assembling all the parts, and finally installation on Sunday morning.

 This year Farrier Products Distribution has sponsored a tent for Farrier demonstrations. Some of the biggest names in the farrier world will be showing off their skills. . . and it’s all  forging not shoeing horses!

The Gallery reception Friday night will include hors-d'oeuvres, and a plated dinner Saturday night preceding the fine art auction. You will have a chance to bid on projects that were made during the conference along with many other items donated by talented smiths.

Also, don’t forget to book your room now!
Salt Lake is a popular place that time of year and rooms go fast. Even if you aren’t sure, you can hold your reservation with a credit card and it won’t cost anything if you cancel before the conference.