Blacksmith demonstrator needed for Jubilee Celebration in Deerfield, IL

The Village of Deerfield is looking for a blacksmith to participate in demonstrating blacksmithing techniques at an event on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 11:00 am. to 3:15 p.m.  The Jubilee Celebration is in honor of the Deerfield Area Historical Society’s 50th anniversary. The event will be held at the Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, IL 60015.

If you are willing and able and/or have any questions, please contact Jean Spagnoli at 847-719-7483 or email:

Blacksmith Vendors needed for Spring Bloom Festival in Highland, IL

Highland, IL is hosting their Spring Bloom Festival on April 21st and is looking for a local blacksmith vendor to attend and sell their wares.  Venue is outdoors and will be held rain or shine.  Demonstrations are not required.  Highland, IL is located about 35 miles east of St. Louis.


If you are interested in participating, please contact Larry Brammer at 618-882-6214.


Blacksmiths needed for 35th Annual Old Fashioned Tractor Show & Swap Meet

River Valley Antique Association will be hosting their 35th Annual Old Fashioned Tractor Show & Swap Meet on August 25 & 26, 2018 at Butler Haynes Park located at 9424 S. Mapleton Road, Mapleton, IL  61547.

Members of the IVBA are invited to come to the show and set up a blacksmith tent if possible.  This show attracts a lot of people from the area and it would be great to showcase blacksmithing to those unfamiliar with this trade.

The show this year will be featuring the tractor brand John Deere, events include an Antique Tractor parade, Antique Tractor pull and a peddle tractor pull for the kids and craft show.

If anyone from the IVBA would be  able to attend and set up a blacksmith tent or have any questions please call Michelle May at (309) 696-2171.  The event is free to vendors and patrons.

Roger Lee Lorance Obituary

Roger Lee Lorance

Thursday, September 15, 1938 – Monday, October 16, 2017

Roger Lee Lorance, 79, of Bellflower, Illinois, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 8:05 A.M. in Canton, Illinois.  Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Saybrook Christian Church.  A Celebration of Life will follow at 11:30 A.M. also at the church.  Military rites will be provided by David Humphrey Daniel Post 427 Saybrook, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.

Roger was born September 15, 1938 in Saybrook, Ilinois to Halford and Ethel Savage Lorance.  They preceded him in death.  He married Janet Marie Waggoner on March 3, 1961 in Saybrook, Illinois.  She survives.

Also surviving are his two sons, Darrell (Kim Thompson) Lorance and Dale (Marie Delabre) Lorance; two grandchildren, Brandon (Casey) Lorance and Jacob Lorance; one great-grandchild, Amalia Rose Lorance; one brother, Ron (Loretta) Lorance; two sisters, Laverne (Bob) Johnson and Delores Lorance.

Roger served in the Marines from 1955-1958.  He was a Blacksmith Mentor and belonged to the Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association for over 30 years.  He was a loving husband; father; grandfather; great-grandfather; brother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.


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!