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Bill Brown, right, and Nathan Blank, left, prepare a piece of steel for a blacksmithing
demonstration during the third quarterly meeting of the N.C. chapter of Artist Blacksmith
Association of North America, which took place at Brown’s sculpture studio, Anvils Arts Studio
Inc., in Linville Falls. Matthew Hundley/THE AJT

Originally published: 2012-09-20 15:54:01
Last modified: 2012-09-20 15:54:01

N.C. ABANA meets in Linville Falls

Matthew Hundley / (

Local sculptor Bill Brown hosted the most recent meeting of the N.C. chapter of Artist Blacksmith Association of North America at his studio, Anvil Arts Studio Inc., last Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Dozens of professional and hobbyist blacksmiths gathered at Brown’s Linville Falls location to see demonstrations of smithing and sculpture techniques. 

A highlight of the demonstrations came when Brown gave examples for different uses of his massive power hammers, the largest of which strikes with 7,000 pounds of force.

Although Brown has lived his life as an artist in Avery County and its neighbors, he has established himself as a sculptor on a national scale, having presented exhibitions in around the country, providing commissioned work for organizations ranging from Duke Law School to the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, where everyone who enters passes through enormous steel gates of his design and creation. Brown has served as a resident artist in locations as nearby as Penland School of Craft and as distant as Australia. 

For more information on Brown and his work, click to, visit his studio and gallery at 9600 Linville Falls Highway/Highway 221 or give him a call at (828) 765-6226. 

ABANA is a 40-year-old organization dedicated to providing a community of support for artist blacksmiths across the country. In addition to its quarterly meetings, N.C. ABANA provides scholarships, exposure, regular newsletters and meetings that represent a well of knowledge for up-and-coming artists. For more information on N.C. ABANA, click to