Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association


NRBA 2014 Spring Conference with Mark Aspery

May 15th –18th 2014 at the Roscoe Community Center, Roscoe, MT



Thursday, May 15:    Demo for school kids 

May 16 - 18:   Our regular conference, Demonstrations and some hands-on forging out of the ABANA curriculum

All the time:               Gallery and Shop open to the public 

Saturday evening:   Public Auction run by Rick Young Auctioneers to support our curriculum education program.

 Conference fee:        $50 with $10 reduction for donation of an auction item

 Meals:                      Catering planned at cost. Also: Grizzly Bar is 5 min walk.


 Accommodation:       Dry camping available on site, with restrooms and sink (no showers) and inside seating


 Hotel/Motels:            Stillwater Lodge, Absarokee, 406 328-4899, $, 12 miles out

                                  Big Yellow House, Absarokee, 406 328-7220, 12 miles

                                  Lenas Cabins, Absarokee, 406 328-6248, 9 miles

                                  Lupine Inn, Red Lodge, 406 446-1321, $, 22 miles

                                  Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge, 406 446-1435, $$, 22 miles

                                  Pollard Hotel, Red Lodge, 406 446-0001, $$$, 20 miles

Directions:                 Take Interstate I-90 to exit 408, Columbus. Columbus is 40 miles East of Big Timber, 40 miles West of Billings. Go south through Columbus on Highway 78. Pass through Absarokee and continue South on Hwy 78 to Roscoe. It is 35 miles from the Interstate exit to Roscoe. The Community Center/old school is a white building on the right/west side before you get to the post office and bar. 

                                  If someone decides to stay in Red Lodge. Hwy 78 continues East from Roscoe to Red Lodge (20 miles).

For questions call Frank & Annette at 406 328-7396

Stay tuned. Info will be updated as the event comes closer.

Mark is Editor of the ABANA publication "Hammer's Blow". He teaches at the John C. Campbell Folk School and has written three books, Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing, Mastering the Fundamentals of Leaf-Work  and Mastering the Fundamentals of Joinery.


From the ABANA website:

Mark currently owns and operates his own school for blacksmiths. His training as a smith started in the United Kingdom in 1976 after leaving high-school, working for a small fabrication/engineering firm that boasted a blacksmith shop. He has worked for a number of smiths as well as teaching in trade schools over the years.

Mark is a certified journeyman smith with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, (a UK guild started in London in 1324) and currently an Associate of the company (AWCB) Mark is also a certified farrier with the American Farriers Association (AFA). He does maintain that these qualifications and a dollar will only get you a cup of pretty poor tasting coffee, but that the endeavors were priceless.

Mark owns and operates the 'Mark Aspery School of Blacksmithing' traveling the USA teaching classes for ABANA affiliates and giving blacksmith demonstrations. Mark is currently writing the third volume to his 'How to' blacksmith book series, The Skills of a Blacksmith Vol III – Joinery and related tooling. Mark is careful not to call himself a traditional smith, perhaps classical is a more apt phrase.

Mark likes to use classical joinery techniques where budget and design allow. An underlying ethos of Mark's work is 'make the tools before you can begin the job'. At this time Mark does not do any regular commission blacksmithing, just the occasional small job, and states "I am a little out-of-touch with that side of the profession. I think that the single most important event that has improved my blacksmithing has been to teach it – having to know the root of the skill or information."

Mark maintains that he is as much a student of blacksmithing as the next smith, and is ready to learn more – with a subject this vast, how can he say anything else.

About Mark Aspery: www.markaspery      To gain some appreciation of Mark's abilities, view some of the videos at:


Mark Aspery and our NRBA Instructors ‘in training’ will be teaching parts of the ABANA Blacksmith Curriculum. A demo to local and Billings high school students is planned on Thursday or Friday as well as a public auction to benefit our education program.

Want to become a certified Blacksmith Curriculum Instructor?

NRBA 2014 Curriculum Instructor Training with Mark Aspery

Roscoe, Montana, May 10-14, 2014. 

Potential candidates should have at least 5 years of Blacksmithing experience, be passionate about our trade and about teaching, and be able to volunteer 40 hours of their time per year. 

Find out more about the ABANA Blacksmith Curriculum at NRBA-curriculum/index


This training is limited to 10 participants. Please call Frank Annighofer at (406) 328-7396 for more info and to register. And hurry up. There are only 3 slots left.

Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association.   Joel Machler, Treasurer, 5121 Foster Lane, Belgrade, MT 59714

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