Networks are an important element in developing professional connections, education, and communities. This is a directory of networks related to the historic trades.

Connect with Professionals

This page hosts a roster of professional networks related to the historic building trades. Membership-based networks are open to individual, organizational, and/or businesses–some networks will have prerequisite qualifications.

Do you know a network that should be added or a network that is no longer active? Submit an entry! This helps us keep the database an up-to-date and relevant resource. As available, please include the name of the organization, contact information, website and social media, membership type, activities and publications, and trade skills practiced.

Artist-Blacksmith Assocation of North America

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The Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA) is a community of blacksmiths, artisans, and enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and advancing blacksmithing as both a profession and a hobby. We provide opportunities for individuals and local affiliate organizations to further their blacksmithing education, strengthen their skills, and hone their craft. Showcasing the rich and vibrant work of modern smiths while providing historical context is central to our mission as we work to increase awareness of the art and craft amongst design professionals, architects, and the public.


Open to individuals, organizations, and businesses.


Education workshops, grants, awards, conferences, exhibitions, regional affiliates, certification program.


The Anvil’s Ring, Hammer’s Blow, members-only directory, members-only access to online classes and video.

Trade Skills

Blacksmithing and metal-working