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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.  

To join the ABA, click on 
Membership Form


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You need not be a blacksmith to join the ABA. You just need to have an interest in metalwork (ferrous or non-ferrous), or horses, or knives and cutlery. Or in making gun barrels! You don't need to own your own shop either. Learn on our nickel, as it were, to see how far you want to go in this exciting field. Our dues are low so as to cover the cost of the newsletter. Our other events are covered by the work and donations that the membership offers.


Annual Dues are $10.00

To Join, click here for the application form

To get your e-mail assigned to the ABA Group mail list, please do one of the following:

THE EASY WAY:  Email the editor at and I will send you an invitation. You can enroll by email—just follow directions in the invitation.

THE BEST WAY: Go to this website:

Click on “Join This Group”

Click on “Sign Up Now”, then select your Yahoo ID and password. Be sure to UNCHECK the box for free offers (helps eliminate spam mail).

Be sure and bookmark the ABA Groups page and save it to your Favorites folder.

"Rekindling the Fires":

The History of the 

Appalachian Blacksmiths Association





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