Schedule of Events




Join us this year at Big Blu for our yearly Open House and Hammer-In. We will have Iron-in-the-Hat, tailgating, tool sales, and much more. This includes an all-day demonstration by the world-renowned artist and designer-in-iron Ellen Durkan. She will demonstrate the forging of one of her signature necklaces while giving insight into her unique understanding and approach to the trade. There will also be a Sunday morning class and lunch with Ellen giving a deeper dive into her approach to design. Space in this class is limited so REGISTER NOW before all the seats are taken!

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Location: 3308 Frank Whisnant Rd, Morganton, NC 28655 

26 June 2021 Demonstation - Free and open to the public

9am - 3pm

Meeting and Demonstrations (Lunch avalable to purchase On Site)

27 June 2021 Class - Registration only

9am - 12pm

Morning Class (Lunch Included)

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2021 3rd Annual Hammer In

17 JULY, 2021, 9am - 5pm

Location: Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Tailgate sales at 8

Special Guest: Walter Sorrels will be smelting Tamahagane

Battle of the Bladesmiths and Competition Cutting

iron in the hat and sponsored prize giveaways

Demos from forged in fire champions finalists, and Local Legends

All proceeds from the event will be donated to humanitarian and mission work

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2021 SOFA Quad-State Conference

24 - 26, SEPTEMBER, 2021

Location: Troy, Ohio

QuadState is, in a word, incredible. Fairgrounds, competitions, demonstrations, food, fun, family, all packed into three extraordinary days in the perfect Fall weather. No wonder blacksmiths from around the globe make this a must-attend event, year after year.





14 - 16, OCTOBER, 2021

For 48 years, ABANA has not had a place to call its home. In 2020, the Board of Directors voted to give ABANA a permanent home in Johnstown, PA. Johnstown has a rich historical presence in the Steel and Iron industry. It only made sense that ABANA’s first permanent home be in the historical steel town known as Johnstown. In 2021, ABANA will host this inaugural Festival to welcome the ABANA membership to Johnstown. We have lots in store for the Festival. Check out our demonstrators.