The KBA was formed in 1996 by a group of people interested in various aspects of the blacksmith’s craft. 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.

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

Our members range from full-time professional smiths, part-time smiths, and  hobbyists. Membership is open to all! Visit our Contact Us page on how to become a member.

Our association meets twice annually, once in the spring and again in the fall. Occasionally a one-day hammer-in will take place among members living close together.  Please see our Upcoming Events page for details.