By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Sounds of hammers ring in ancient art


September 28, 2023

Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Jim Bluhr from Livingston and Mike Blasberg from Bozeman hammering in a red hot rivet on a gate.

All types of tool stands, coal and propane forges were set up under a tent behind Valler's Coffee Roastery in Lincoln for the Northern Rockies Blacksmiths Association (NRBA) Conference on Sept. 15-17.

Twenty people from Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota gathered for the conference. The NRBA is part of the Artists Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA). ABANA developed a three-level accreditation program in 2015 for a nationally recognized blacksmithing curriculum.

"Blacksmiths become their own designers and metallurgists," NRBA chapter president Kermit Indreland said. "When I wan...

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