Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America

Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America

2009 Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship


Dear:   Membership I.D. number:

This announcement is provided as a service to theBlacksmithing community.
This scholarship is not drawn from the ABANA Trust, it is a private fund intended
to reach out to Women interested in our craft.
I hope that you will choose to assist in fulfilling therequest of the founders of this scholarship by gifting,if you can.  Please share this information with womenwho might benefit in applying for consideration of thisscholarship.
Vance Baker demonstrating
Vance Baker, a retired line foreman for the utility board in Athens, TN, began blacksmithing in the 1970's

Over the years, Vance taught blacksmithing at the John C. Campbell Folk School, as well as at the Appalachian Center for Crafts.  Some
of his skilled reproduction work can be seen at Fort Loudoun in Vonore, TN.
As Vance honed the craft that he loved over several decades, he especially loved introducing beginners to the world of

This scholarship, founded by two self-described  "Vance Baker groupies" is intended to carry on that tradition.  This scholarship specifically reaches out to women, as an underrepresented group in  the blacksmithing community, to begin to share in this time honored craft.


1. Any female beginner student age 18 and older who has a strong interest in pursuing  blacksmithing may apply.

2. The scholarship has been established to allow such a student the opportunity to take  a beginning level blacksmithing class at John C. Campbell Folk School. Visit for a list of classes.

3. The scholarship is intended to cover class fees, material fees, and housing expenses.  The scholarship does not cover any travel expenses.  Scholarship amount will not exceed $1,000 and will be paid directly to the Folk School.  One scholarship will be awarded per year.

4. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2009 and the recipient will be notified by May 15th, 2009.  Applicants should take this into consideration when selecting a class.

5. To apply, please send an email inquiry to:
with the subject line APPLICATION.  Include your name and address and preference for mail or email correspondence.  Application materials and instructions will be mailed or emailed to you.
Yes, I would love to donate to:


If you would like to donate right now, it's easy.  Just print this form, fill it out, detach, and mail it along with your donation to:

Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o RJ Hadle
13240 Bradyville Pike
Readyville, TN  37149

Please make your check out to RJ Hadle.


PHONE: ____________________________________

EMAIL:  ____________________________________

AMOUNT OF DONATION:  ___________________
On behalf of Vance's friends, family, and the students who will be enriched through your generous donation, THANK YOU!
 Vance Baker at work
The Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship has been generously funded for its first five years of existence.  It is the hope of Vance's friends and family that this scholarship,
as an extension of Vance's enthusiasm for blacksmithing, can continue far into the
All donations will be placed into a savings account specifically for the purpose of funding the Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship.
Funds cover a class, materials, and housing at the John C. Campbell Folk School
for one female beginner blacksmithing student (age 18 and older) each year, up to
$1,000.  Any and all funds left in the account after that will accrue interest for future years.
Your help in honoring Vance's legacy with any donation, large or small, is needed and greatly appreciated.
Information on how you can donate to the Vance Baker Memorial Scholarship has been described above on this announcement, or via email.  Please send inquiries to:
with the subject line DONATIONS.
John C. Campbell Folk School
John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening.  Located in scenic Brasstown, North
Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and
writing. Folks come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. The Folk School's
motto, "I sing behind the plow," reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.
John C. Campbell Logo
John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC  28902
1.800.FOLKSCH (365.5724)


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Rome Hutchings
Rome H. Hutchings, Member Services Chair