Artist Blacksmith Association South Australia
ABASA was formed in 2008 by a handful of blacksmiths and has grown considerably over the years. Our membership ebbs and flows and currently sits at 50+ members. In our early years, we gathered at one of our member’s forge at Morphettvale and held workshops and social days with our relatively small group. As we grew in numbers, we knew we had to expand our facilities.
The Penfield Sports Association came to the rescue, with a parcel of land on the western side of their grounds. Over the last few years we have worked hard to invest in a forge building and storage container to hold our gear and our workshops for our growing membership. As you would expect, with our current and increasing numbers, we have had to think bigger, and hence, we are about to erect a 15 x 7.5 meter building to have alongside our 6 x 9 meter forge building. This will allow us to have more equipment available and more room to move about safely while forging with bright orange-very hot steel.
Is this the end of our expansion plans? If the past is an indicator, then I’m afraid not. Blacksmithing has seen a remarkable resurgence among the public. The events we attend and demonstrations we provide, are testament to that fact. There is a huge interest by the public to the ancient craft. And there is an ever growing number of people very keen to have a try and learn the craft.
Contact: Chris Carter