Category: News

Gary Jameson’s Birthday

Gary Jameson’s birthday is Nov. 23rd. There will be an open house for him on Sat. Nov. 23rd and Sun. Nov. 24th from 2:00 till 4:30 each day. Gary is at Lutheran Hillside Village, REACH unit, Door 36, Room 6. He is doing a little better and would like to see you.

Francis (Babe) Brandon Obituary

To All Concerned,

As I am sure some if not all of you are aware that my mother Frances (Babe) Brandon passed away quietly in her sleep June 8, 2019. Her wish, told to me countless times, was to notify UMBA, IVBA and NWBA of her passing and offering to any that contributed to either her library or museum to notify me if you desire your contribution back. You may send all requests to me in manner.


Stan Brandon

2096 Hoosier Rd.

Franklin Grove, IL 61031


New Websmith in Town

Hello IVBA family,

My name is Chris Vranek and earlier this year I was asked if I wanted to take over the day-to-day operations for the IVBA website.  I decided to give it a shot, so I’ve been handed the keys to this buggy and I will attempt to keep this site a great place to meet and come together as smiths, colleagues, and friends.

To that end, I’ll also be working on our Facebook page.  Please come visit and share your latest smithing projects, ideas, photos, and local events so we can all enjoy them together!


See you around, and keep smithing!