"The SouthWest Artist-Blacksmith Association is the home of many talented Blacksmith's in New Mexico and the surrounding states."

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Presenter at an elementary school requested.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 | 0 comments

I am a 2nd grade teacher at Bosque Farms Elementary who puts on an agriculture days event where I have presenters come and give 25 minute presentations to different students throughout the day.  Is there any one that is intersted in doing this and educating our students on the history of blacksmithing and how it ties in with agriculture.  My school number is (505)869-2646.

Ag Days on April 24th and 25th

“Catherine E. Chavez” <cechavez@llschools.net>

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Walley Yater cast iron firepot. NEW

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 | 0 comments


Super heavy duty clinker breaker style firepot.
Original Champion clinker breaker tuyere
Weighs aprox. 50 lbs.

Contact Robb Gunter 505-281-8080

firepot 1firepot 2

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25# Little Giant

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 | 1 comment


Little Giant 25 lb metal hammer with electric motor.  $2,500.00  Call Scott Nugen at 575-932-9684.

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Feb Meeting update

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Frank Turley will be demonstrating at the SWABA meeting next Saturday, February 1st, at the 4-H facility in Albuquerque.  Approximate 9am start.

Hope to see you there!

If you want to Google or GPS the location our entrance is immediately across the street from

“Albuquerque Job Corps, 1500 Indian School. ”

Directions and map:


Except you should turn left on Indian School (before Menaul) and
enter parking lot directly across from Job Corps.

So, to summarize:  Take I-40 west for the 12th street exit.  Turn right on 12th street and then left on Indian School, look for SWABA sign on gated entrance to building next to a corral… you turn right and go around the back.  The turn is pretty much immediately after you turn left on Indian School, just past the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center… Its the “4 H” on the map…

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Oct Meeting

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Oct. 2013 SWABA Meeting
The October meeting was held at the Bernilillo County 4H center in Albuquerque with Jake Ingram demonstrating. Jake said he has been working with Helmut Hillenkamp lately when he is able to make to Helmut’s shop. Helmut had given him the invitation when we had the summer celebration weekend meeting at his shop. He started off forging small bottles from black pipe. His next demo was fold forming  copper sheet as shown in a book  “Fold Forming BY Charles Lewton-Brain. He also did a short demo on repousse’ forming on copper sheet using pitch to hammer the design into.

We had two guests whom had been invited to attend a meeting from the State Fair, Jason McConnell and L J Apodoca.  A number of members as well as the two guests tried their hand at the fold and repousse’ with guidance from Jake. He had another good reference book on hand that he recommended “Chasing and Repousse’ Ancient and Modern by Megan Crowley”.
Tod reminded everyone that elections for officers will take place at the Christmas meeting at Tom Hanson’s place in Placitas NM the first Saturday in December. Rob Gunter will be demonstrating.
Alex gave a brief on this year’s State Fair. Sales fell short of previous years but we fulfilled our main purpose for being there which is to educate the public about the art of blacksmithing. Thanks to Rob Gunter for once again supplying the coal.
A drawing for “iron in the hat” was held and everyone enjoyed the pot lunch lunch.
Thanks to Jake for a very good demonstration.
Alex Ivey (Secretary}

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2013 State Fair And December Meeting

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Presidents Update for Nov

Please note an error in our PDF file regarding the date of the February meeting.

Actual date for that February meeting at the 4-H facility is February 1st.


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October Meeting

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 | 0 comments

The October meeting is scheduled for  October 5th at the 4-H Center, 1510 Menaul Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.

The meeting begins at 9am. Please bring a dish for the Pot luck lunch and something for Iron in the Hat.

We’ll be showing a video of Christophe Fredrick’s Old Forge Mountain Forest in Sennwald Switzerland.


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