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Organized in 1978, the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association is an affiliate of ABANA. We represent blacksmiths, bladesmiths, and farriers in West Virginia and its surrounding states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. 

We publish a quarterly newsletter which keeps our membership up to date on events. The newsletter also features many metalworking tips.  

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Appalachian Blacksmiths Association

2008

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Although we are centrally located in West Virginia (the heartland of Appalachia), our members are well-scattered.  About forty per cent of our membership live in states bordering West Virginia.  (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio)

Thus, we travel to a wide variety of places to conduct our hammer-in's and meetings.  Here's a sampling of the 

PLACES WE GO -- A tour of the area with brief comments about each stop.

JACKSON'S MILL -- The boyhood home of General Stonewall Jackson has been home to thousands of other youngsters since becoming a park in 1920.

CITIZENS BANK OF WESTON --  An Art Deco masterpiece featuring Samuel Yellin ironwork. Built in 1929-30, this Weston landmark continues to amaze us today.

RICE'S LANDING -- The home of W. A. Young & Son's Foundry, a special restoration project of the Greene Co. (PA) Historical Society. The Appalachian Blacksmiths Association and Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmith Association hold an annual fundraiser for the restoration effort.

BROWN'S FORGE -- Founded and operated by the Brown family for over 150 years, Brown's Forge restoration project is now taking shape at Lexington, VA under the guidance of WV native Jack Chaffee.

Covered Bridge at Philippi -- Still in use after 150 years.  Read about its history and restoration.

Maps by State of WV Tourism Office

 

 


 

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