A site about blacksmithing. This the new website for the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM).

The site is in a Beta Test right now and we are still fine tuning the formatting of pages and navigation. We believe all data has been ported over to this site. The Newsletter Section is still under construction and will be updated shortly.

If you find problems with the site, think something is missing or find a typo or two please let me know, Jeff Collins at: bam@jeffcollinsonline.com.

The old site will stay up until this site has completed testing. We anticipate this to be around July 1, 2024.

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.