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Kootenay Blacksmiths Association

Kootenay Blacksmiths Association


The KBA was formed twenty years ago by a group of people interested in various aspects of blacksmithing.

The KBA is a regional group, and an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA), the world’s largest organization of blacksmiths.

Originally composed of members living in the Kootenay region of south-east British Columbia, Canada, the group now has about 45 members ranging from the Okanagan region of BC to southern Alberta.

Our members range from full-time professional smiths, part-time smiths, and  hobbyists. Membership is open to all!

We meet officially twice a year, in the spring and fall, and occasionally a one-day hammer-in will take place among members living close together.

Our next event will be the 2016 Spring Conference on May 7th and 8th, at Kootenay Forge in Crawford Bay. See “upcoming events” page.


Yes, Kootenay Blacksmiths Association was 20 years old last year. We celebrated at our Spring Conference in May with this big, beautiful (and yummy!) cake.


Contact: Tony Austin
Secretary & Hammer Marks Editor