Welcomes you for the Preservation of the Craft
PSABG is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that was started in 1994 in the State of South Carolina with about 30 charter members. It was first know as the South Carolina Artist Blacksmith Association (SCABA). In the beginning, Philip Simmons, the "Charleston Blacksmith" mentored our organization and in 1998 the name was changed to honor him while he was still alive. We now have around 200 members located in the State and a few members from surrounding states. We are organized exclusively for educational purposes to encourage and facilitate the training of blacksmiths, expose the blacksmith craft to the general public, and serve as a center of information about blacksmithing.
PSABG has a relatively active schedule of events during the year. There are 6 Regular Meetings, 6 Newsletters and a variable number of Classes or Hammer-ins conducted by Guild Members or well known blacksmiths brought in from the outside.
BI-MONTHLY REGULAR MEETINGS
Our meetings start at 1000 am on a Saturday. A 2 hour demonstration is the first activity. Then we break for lunch. the Host arranges for a main entrée and condiments. Members bring side dishes to complete lunch. After lunch we have a short Business Meeting and announcements. After that we have our Iron-in-the-Hat Raffle to raise funds for our scholarship program.
We conduct Classes for Beginners and experienced smiths. A Class may be taught by Guild Members or by a Well-known smith from the outside. We typically have at least one formal Class per year which vary in length from one day to 3 days.
Newsletters are published 6 times a year in the months between the Regular meetings. They provide Guild news, information about upcoming events, How-to articles, and some For Sale items that are available from Guild members. They are mailed to members as well as posted here on the website.