Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America
Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America

2011 Western States Conference 



This is a courtesy announcement for the 2011 Western States Conference to be held at Mt Hood, Oregon 18-21, Aug 2011

Bill Clemens
ABANA Member Services

Western States Conference


 The pieces are in place to make the Western States Conference, to be held on Oregon's Mt. Hood August 18-21 2011, an event not to be missed.  From an Opening Ceremony in Timberline Lodge's outdoor Amphitheater with Jeffrey Funk, to the Blacksmith Wars award Ceremony, this  conference from start to finish is packed with exciting Demo's and Events while surrounded by spectacular views of Cascade Mountain Peaks.


Hosted by the NWBA and the Alpine Village of Government Camp, every effort is being made to make all guests feel welcome and at home.  Quite possible the best selection of housing options and prices ever offered at a Blacksmithing Event.  Hotels,lodges,hostels,mountain cabins and camping , every thing from $20 a bunk to a fireplace room at the National landmark, Timberline Lodge.  There are a lot of units for group rentals also, if your traveling together you can house together.


The standard fair of Demo's, Hands-On workshops, Seminars and Slide shows will be on going, but without a doubt the Highlight will be the Introduction of Blacksmith Wars.  This consists of six person teams working on a collaborative project while competing against other six person teams working on similar projects.  We encourage every Western States Blacksmith Association to provide a Team to represent their organization.  Aside from Bragging Rights, their will be Cash Prizes for the Winning Teams.  Prizes will be awarded to the Teams representing Association.  Items made during the Wars will be auctioned off at the end of the event, with proceeds also going to the respective association.


This area is a vacation Mecca and we encourage attendees to plan a Family Vacation around this conference.  Fishing, Hiking, Horse and Mt bike rentals and Trails as well as snow skiing are just a few of the Family events available at this venue as well as an Action Park with over 20 activities, ranging from putt putt golf and go-carts to zip lines and bungee jumps, all of this with the exception of the skiing is within easy walking distance of the conference.  So please come early and stay late to make this a memorable event.   




Learn more about this event and the Village hosting it at :


  Westrern States Conference 2011   or


Contact one of the following:


General conference information:             Darryl Nelson  360-832-6280

                                                                                Email Darryl

Blacksmith Wars:                                          Grant Sarver  253-846-2038

                                                                                 Email Grant


Lodging Information:                                      Andrea Lisch  206-706-1814

                                                                                Email Andrea  
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Bill Clemens
ABANA Member Services