Blacksmith Association of Missouri

        Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the blacksmithing art and craft.
Founded 11/4/1983.
Celebrating 40 years of BAM - Founded 11/4/1983
"Back in the early days of BAM everything was new to us. Our meetings were held in old garages and sheds, and we would huddle around the anvil as everyone took turns demonstrating his newest discovery. The members who knew how to forge weld seemed to posses some magical power that elluded the rest of us. They would smash together white hot steel as we watched in amazement. Like growing up, there was a newness about it all that could only happen once." - Jerry Hoffmann
Longtime BAM member Jerry Hoffmann passed away June 28, 2023. Jerry was very instrumental in the success of BAM in its early years. He was a frequent demonstrator, hosted meetings, and was responsible for many of the illustrations in the BAM newsletter, including the popular "Grubby Little Blacksmith" cartoons. Jerry also designed the BAM logo. He published the Blacksmiths Journal for many years that is still a valuable resource for blacksmiths. This is the link to his obituary that lists many of Jerry's other accomplishments. He was truly a man of many talents.
Rest in Peace Jerry. The blacksmith community will miss you.


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Mark your calendars for the 2024 BAM Ozark conference. May 2 - 5 2024.

It is shaping up to be another awesome conference. We again have a first class lineup of demonstrators scheduled.
Click on the names for bios of each.

Matt Jenkins

Charles Carpenter

Brendan Stevens

Additional information about the conference will be posted here as it becomes available. (Classes, Registration, etc.)

Two Day Power Hammer Seminar with Nathan Robertson.
------- June 1 - 2, 2024 ------

****** Using Tooling on Your Power Hammer ******

Learn how to get the most from your power hammer or treadle hammer with flat dies. Nathan will be demonstrating how to use various hand held tooling and saddle dies. Stay tuned for more details.

Seminar will be held at Steve McCarthy's shop near Houston, Mo. Map to Steve's shop is on the BAM events calendar.

This event is free for all BAM members. Expenses are being paid by the Preston Williams and Doug Hendrikson Memorial funds. Must be a BAM member to attend for insurance purposes. BAM membership forms are available on the website.

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****NOTE: Food will not be available at this event. Bring a bag lunch or there is fast food available 4 miles away. ****

Learn the fundamentals of Blacksmithing from Bob Alexander.

Beginner and intermediate classes are being offered at Mueller Industries (via Craft Central), 12951 Maurer Industrial Dr. St. Louis, 63127

To see class listings or to register for classes, visit our website,

For more information call 314-842-0796


  Reference Material  

  Blacksmith books - Free Downloads  

  BAM Newsletter Archive   **All issues 1983 to current issue.

  Silver Wire Inlay   - information by Bob Stormer
  Pep Gomez Handout - 2018 Conference   
  Scott Payne's demo on JCCFS class- 18th Century Six Arm Chandelier  
  Scott Payne's article on JCCFS class- 18th Century Hearth Equipment   
  Bob Patrick Fabricated Firepot  
  Template for Bob Patrick Fabricated Firepot  
  Larry Hults 3 Burner Forge Plans  
  Larry Hults Burner Plans  
  Dave Smucker - Heat Treating  
  Other ABANA Chapter Newsletters Online  
  Stock Lengths for Rings   
  BAM Library  
  Power Hammer Page (New England Blacksmiths)  
  Online Book Vendors  
  Sheet Metal Sizes/Decimal Equivalents  
  Online Blacksmith & Knifemaker Forums  
  Blacksmith Schools  
  ABANA Controlled Hand Forging Program  

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