The KBA was formed twenty two years ago by a group of people interested in various aspects of blacksmithing.

The KBA is a regional group, and an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA), the world’s largest organization of blacksmiths.

Originally composed of members living in the Kootenay region of south-east British Columbia, Canada, the group now has about 45 members ranging from the Okanagan region of BC to southern Alberta.

Our members range from full-time professional smiths, part-time smiths, and  hobbyists. Membership is open to all!

We meet officially twice a year, in the spring and fall, and occasionally a one-day hammer-in will take place among members living close together.

Our latest event was the 2017 Spring Conference, a one day event on 6th of May, at Kootenay Forge in Crawford Bay, BC. Our demonstrator, Kevin Kratz, led us in a hands-on workshop on forging a frying pan.


We have a new batch of KBA t-shirts for sale at $15 each. They come in black, red, dark blue and khaki. These will be available at the event on May 6th.

A More Recent Event: Newell on Tool (Steel)

The fall 2015 meeting of the KBA was held at Fernie Forge, in Hosmer, BC, 17 October 2015. President Doug Newell presented a lecture-demo entitled Tool Steels and Heat Treating for Blacksmiths”.

Doug used flip chart, websites, U-Tube videos and a heat-treating demonstration to cover the following subjects:

1 Tool Steel Types, their metallurgy and uses.

2 Tool Steels for Blacksmithing Tools

3 Scrap Tool Steels for Blacksmithing Tools

4 Forging Tool Steel

5 The Heat Treating Process (Steel Phases)

6 Annealing, Hardening and Tempering Tool Steels

A full description of the lecture including charts and websites will appear in the Winter-Spring Hammer Marks.

Doug Newell

Doug Newell


Sundre table


Here is a picture of the table that was auctioned in November 2009 to benefit the Sundre Public Library.

Members at the fall conference that year made the components on the Sunday and it was assembled the following week by Chris Waters.

Barry McElheeny of Sundre supplied the pine top.

Follow-up to the table project:

“The Sundre Library would like to thank the KBA for their contribution to the Tables for Tales charity auction. It raised $400.00 for the library.  The funds raised during the event will go to improving literature inventories. Thank-you again”.