Founded at the initiative of The magazine of metal and the Ukrainian Gefest blacksmiths enterprise by the founding convention on 5 February 2005, the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine (UMBAU or just the Union) unites nowadays about 100 masters of blacksmiths art from 20 regions of the country. The Union aims at the development of the art forging as a type of the decorative and applied arts, ensuring of the proper status for the blacksmith-artist in the independent All-Ukrainian creative union. The people and the mass media have completely recognized the art forging as a specific type of art. Exhibitions of the forged author’s works and festivals of blacksmiths art take place in Ivano-Frankovsk and Kiev, Donetsk and The Crimea with a great success. Due to the Union’s activities at various forums, festivals and exhibitions blacksmiths from different cities of Ukraine and Russia, European countries and the USA have an opportunity to enrich their experience. We also invite you to participate in the festivals planned for the year 2007 under the aegis of UMBAU and our general sponsor the Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works public company.

The governing board of the Union of masters of blacksmiths art in Ukraine

Sergey Polubotko — the chairman of the UMBAU
Igor Rudenko — the secretary of the UMBAU
Victor Burduk — the chairman of the Donetsk regional department of the UMBAU
Vladimir Demin — the member of the board
Oleg Krivoruchenko — the chairman of the Crimean regional department of the UMBAU
Orest Ivasyuta — The member of the board
Aleksandr Nilovich — the chairman of the Odessa regional department of the UMBAU
Bogdan Popov — the member of the board
Igor Romashenko — the member of the board

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