Camp 2019

November 4-6th, Gainesville, Florida

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Florida's Largest Annual Blacksmithing Event

Embrace the Past. Define the Future.

Thank you all for an amazing conference! We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Please check back soon for more information about next year’s conference! 


  • Dates:

    November 4th-6th

  • Venue:

    Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel and Conference Center 4200 NW 97th Blvd | Gainesville, FL 32606

  • Hotel:

    Hotel Rates: Starting at $115
    Be sure to scroll to bottom of hotel page to see rates. Must book before August to get the discount!

Attend the 2022 ABANA Conference

May 11-14th 2022 Denton, Texas

What's going on

We’re excited to bring you another fantastic event for blacksmiths this year

Classes for all skill levels

For your education and enjoyment we have an excellent line up of blacksmithing skill classes ranging from level 1 ("Never picked up a hammer before") to level 5 ("I swing hammers in my sleep").  Skill classes are offered in four-hour blocks, with morning and afternoon sessions for varying levels.

Iron in the hat

One blacksmith's trash is another blacksmith's treasure! Iron in the Hat is a raffle of donated items. Often the items are things that one is tired of looking at taking up space in the shop. Items vary from antique steam engine gauges to new boxes of welding rod or pieces of saw blade and wrought iron. Blacksmith-related clothing, books, CDs or DVDs, and other items are welcome! We know you have spent the quarantine cleaning out stuff: why not donate it!?!

FABA 2021 Shop

One stop shop for all your conference needs! Coal, goggles, ear protect, and a t-shirt to remember it by!


This year we'll have several demonstrators, from sand casting of the bronze age to specialized knife making. Our demonstrators are incredibly knowledgeable about the subjects, are are excited to share. We have something sure to interest everyone this year!


Our annual banquet is once again back on. It's $25 to attend, and covers a full meal. During the banquet there will be a live auction, memorial, and trade exchange item. 

Exchange/Trade Item

Start planning for door knockers this year!

Safety Information

We're playing with fire, hot metal, and heavy objects: this can be dangerous. Click here to learn about our safety standards and what we expect of you. 


  • What you Get

    We have over 20 classes for all skill levels, as well as a variety of demonstrators, seminars, and heritage events. Come out and join us for a fun weekend!

  • Two Ways to Purchase

    If you're unable to buy online for whatever reason, tickets will be available at the "door" for the conference. Keep in mind, classes are first come first serve.

  • Questions?

    If you're experiencing issues with registration please contact our Webmaster at: FABAwebmaster@gmail.com

FABA Member: All Weekend

$45 for all household members

Non-Member: All Weekend


FABA Member: One Day

$20 for all household members

Non-Member: One Day


Keeping the art of blacksmithing alive throughout Florida

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