Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Friends of Coubertin 2010 Fellowship
The Deadline for applying is March 31, 2010

This is a courtesy announcement a great training fellowship opportunity.  Please
forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

Rome H. Hutchings, ABANA President
Chairman, ABANA Member Services
The American Friends of Coubertin have announced the availability of training fellowships for September 2010 through July 2011  in  woodwork, architectural metalwork  and stonework at the Coubertin Foundation outside Paris, France.

Applicants should have at least 2 or 3 years work experience in their craft, be accomplished and seeking master skills.

The deadline for applying is March 31, 2010

Please consult our website for details and an application form, at

You can Email Zibby Jahns at: with any questions.
You may download the application from this Link: Click Here for Application


Fellowships last 11 months (from September to July).  Fellows undertake to attend workshop sessions, classes, lectures and other cultural activities.  Classes and lectures represent over 1000 hours over the course of the fellowship.

The program includes:

Work in the workshops
Professional training in their relevant trade (technology, drafting, workshop organization)
Classes in French language and general culture open to the modern world
Instruction in how to teach one's own craft
Free-hand drawing, history of architecture and styles
Modeling and casts
Perspective and proportions
Basics of management and accounting
Mathematics and mechanics of materials
Foreign languages (English, German)
Computer skills and CAD
Artistic heritage
Weekly lectures on cultural topics
Visits of monuments, museums, exhibits
Live performances (theater and music)

Fellows who perform satisfactorily receive a certificate of completion.

Material Conditions:

Fellows receive room and board on-site at Coubertin.  Their productive work in the workshops is paid, which ensures a minimum monthly income of € 500. All fellows without exception receive health and insurance and workers compensation coverage.

One round trip airplane ticket between the U.S. and France is included, as is visa (work permit) processing. The program has a demanding schedule and includes weekend excursions. Except perhaps over the Christmas holiday, a return to the U.S. is not possible except for emergencies.

General Requirements:

Fellows should be between the ages of 21 and 29, and have at least 3 years of professional experience beyond their apprenticeship.

They must demonstrate a good level of professional skill in their area with concrete examples (a portfolio is part of the application).

They commit to participate fully in the program's activities and to abide the rules and regulations of the program.

Language Requirement:

A fellow who does not have sufficient mastery of the French language is required (at no cost) to take an immersion course in the month of August prior to the start of the program.  The goal of the course is to obtain an adequate level of knowledge of the French language and French customs.

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Thanks and we hope to hear from you soon!.

Rome Hutchings
Rome H. Hutchings, Member Services Chair