NOMMA was formed in 1958 as a professional trade association serving the American ornamental and craft metals industry and boasts a membership today of nearly 600 across the U.S. and in over 12 countries. Members produce the full spectrum of forge and foundry products including: commercial, architectural, purely artistic, sculptural, ornamental, and light-structural.
METALfab is NOMMA’s largest convention and trade show held yearly in March or April at different cities across the U.S. NOMMA’s publications include the industry trade magazine, “Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator”, with a subscription of approximately 9,000 shops. Since 2001 NOMMA has launched its Technical Affairs Division and Education Foundation. The Technical Affairs Division provides technical support to members, produces bulletins and technical materials, actively representing the industry on various code, standards, and government committees. The Education Foundation offers publications and sales aids to the industry, publishes a fabrication newsletter, and regularly produces educational videos.
NOMMA is strongly committed to improving excellence in the industry through education and advocacy for the ornamental, architectural, and metalworking community.visit website
ABANA is dedicated to perpetuating the noble art of blacksmithing. The blacksmith – one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil.
The Association serves as a center of information about blacksmithing for architects, interior designers, academia, and other interested parties. ABANA encourages and facilitates the training of blacksmiths, disseminates information about material, technique, equipment, and gives public exposure to the ancient art of blacksmithing.
“The tapestry of life bent around him, its threads flowing, bending to his will
like iron before a blacksmith’s anvil.” – Shakespeare
As a result of the vision of a handful of pioneers, and with some inspiration from key talents in America, the British Artist Blacksmiths’ Association was created in 1978 with only 30 charter members.
Today, BABA membership numbers some 600 full members, and a further membership receiving BABA’s magazine by subscription. BABA members are mostly professionals found around the globe, however, also welcome are amateurs, students, organisations, and supporters — all contribute experience, knowledge, and vitality to the pursuit of the craft. BABA is the collected and distilled essence of individual experience which makes blacksmiths similar in character to each other, and different from those whose principle interests lie elsewhere.
The BABA’s cardinal aim is to share the knowledge, experience, and fellowship we feel necessary to maintain both vital connections to antiquity and to forward the art in the present.visit website
Thomas and Catherine Latané have been creating original metalwork in their Pepin, Wisconsin workshop for more than 25 years. Tom’s hand-forged ironwork demonstrates fluency in many traditions including traditional Gothic, Renaissance, Scandinavian, and Early American styles.
Since 1983, as both an artist and master blacksmith, Tom Latané has used his skills with historical tools and techniques (including chasing & repoussé) to forge one of a kind original locks, ornamental hardware, tools, and fixtures. Tom is also a highly skilled woodworker and enjoys combining his woodworking and metalworking talents.visit website
Established in 1993, Tianhong is a privately held commercial forge and ironworks located in Beijing, China. We strive for excellence, artistry, and durability in all our products. Our market advantage continues to grow by relying on our team of experienced designers, engineers, and project managers. Unique in our field, we also hire selected specialists including an American master metal-craftsman to instruct and refine our workers’ skills and design sense.
Tianhong’s services includes a full range, from CAD, to production, logistics, and on-site installation. We are a fully licensed exporter.
From state-level development projects and international contract manufacturing, to custom architectural elements and individually designed art objects, Tianhong is your robust cost effective ISO-certified producer to domestic China and to the international marketplace.visit website