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OCTOBER 19th & 20th   2016

Following the success of the ‘All Steamed Up’ event in 2014, the Mannum Museum, in conjunction with the Mannum Council, are planning to hold the ‘All Steamed Up’ event again in 2016.

The program will be very similar, with the exception of A.B.A.S.A  running a couple of forges right up to the end of the event at 4pm Sunday afternoon. Our group will remove equipment and clear the site the following morning. The accommodation for participants and visitors will be exactly the same. If you had a great time at the last event, imagine how much better it will be, not having to go into overdrive on the Sunday pack up. I have no doubt A.B.A.S.A will put on a good feed and drinks, for all attending on the Sunday night.

We will be sending out details to all of last years participants as well as advertising around the blacksmith events occurring through the year.

MANNUM ‘All Steamed Up’ 2016

Expansion of Facilities at Penfield.

Our association is looking to the future and in the process of creating a very capable work place for our members. We have erected a 15 x 7.5 meter enclosed building next to our existing forge. With an impressive floor and roof space, it will give us room to accommodate a dozen members at a time, in safety. We are planning on installing plant and infrastructure that will enable our members to design, plan and forge their iron work from beginning to end. We have a very motivated and active committee developing our long term plans that will place us in the position of being a premier blacksmithing resource in South Australia.


New Website in the making...

A.B.A.S.A is developing a new website that will be a vast improvement to this current site. The will be an expansive range of content available to visitors, and a ‘members only’ section that will host information relevant to our membership. Members themselves will be invited to create their own page, where they can post photographs and stories of their own experiences and activities in forging.

It is planned to have a facility for members of the public to become web subscribers of ABASA without necessarily being an active blacksmith in the association. Web Subscribers will have access to the newsletters and any training materials posted and keep up to date with the events and activities of our association.

Ypres 2016

Ypres 2016 - Poppy Cenotaph, Ypres, Belgium

In September 2016, a new World War 1 Cenotaph will be created at the  Grote Markt , in front of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. The Cenotaph will be located adjacent to the German War Cemetery at Langemarke Poelkapelle.

The Cenotaph will commemorate everyone involved in the conflict, both military and civilian on all sides – all those who died, all those wounded, all those displaced – and of equal importance, their families and their communities. In the War of 1914 -1918 blacksmiths and farriers were indispensable in sustaining the war effort on all sides. In September 2016, hundreds of blacksmiths from around the world will come together in Ypres to remember all those affected by the war and to create in one week, a Cenotaph based on the internationally recognized icon, the Flanders Field Poppy. This will make a unique contribution to the many commemorative sites and structures on the Western Front, serving to commemorate all involved in and affected by the conflict.

A.B.A.S.A  is jumping in to raise funds for this event. On January 9th 2016, we held a workshop at our Penfield forge. Many dedicated members spent the day in very hot conditions, forging 50 poppy flowers, ready for stems to be forged and attached. We plan to forge 100 poppy’s and sell them to raise funds for this worthy cause.