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This page updated August 1, 2019.

Safety first is expected at all MABA demonstrations. Safety glasses must be worn during demonstrations.

First and foremost this calendar is to keep members up to date on our activities. Guests and visitors are welcome at demonstrations! Anyone interested in learning more about blacksmithing is encouraged to attend. Please review these safety issues before attending an event.

A typical MABA Demonstration

The date and time for a demonstration is usually Saturday at noon. Many of the members work Saturday morning or need travel time so noon has worked out well for our group. Gathering at noon we share a pot-luck lunch and plenty of conversation. Please bring a dish to pass if you are able. This is a great time to get to know the other members, ask questions and share information. The event is typically held at a member's shop and the host is often the demonstrator for the afternoon. Members, guests and visitors attending will spend about 2 hours enjoying the demonstration

Four times a year the group has a business meeting. Three meetings are held at a demonstration and the fourth is our Annual elections/meeting/Auction/Pot-luck Christmas party in December. The calendar listing will note if the demonstration will also be a business meeting.

Also listed on the calendar

Other activities around Michigan will also be listed on the calendar. These include events where MABA blacksmiths have been invited to demonstrate and/or sell to the public. Please consider attending these activities as they are another wonderful way to gain and share information about blacksmithing.

The last activities included on the calendar are events hosted by ABANA or other ABANA affiliates.

Please contact an Officer for pertinent information about any activity.

Calendar 2019

January 2019

  • Saturday, January 19, at noon
  • Hosted by Christine & Kevin Keena
    CJ Forge
    86 E. 10 Mile, Hazel Park, MI 48030
    Scholarship Demonstration: by Jody Osentoski for a Tillers Knife Making Class
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Letter Opener

February 2019

  • Saturday, February 16, at noon
  • Hosted by Larry Carrigan
    Shady Maple Forge
    Rives Junction, MI 49277
    Demonstration: Larry will demonstrate scrolls and collars
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Something that includes a scroll
  • ***MABA Coal will be available!***

March 2019

  • Saturday, March 23, at noon
  • MABA Business Meeting
    Hosted by Patti and Rod Lange
    Steelhead Fab & Forge
    Romulus MI 48174
    Demonstration: 16th Century mouse traps
    Iron-In-The-Hat: cheese cutter

April 2019

  • Saturday April 13, at noon
  • Hosted by the Max Carrey Blacksmith Guild
    in the Carriage House
    3200 Cook Rd, Midland MI 48640
    Part of the Midland County History Center (3417 W Main St, Midland MI 48640)
    Demonstrations: Keith Nefe will demonstrate a wine bottle holder and Brent Cole will demonstrate making tongs.
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Anything with a flower

May 2019

  • MABA member Hammer-In
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May, 17-18-19
  • MABA Business Meeting #3
  • Saturday, May 18th, 6 p.m.
    Tompkins Center Park
    9999 Tompkins Rd, Rives Junction, MI 49277
  • This will be a g-r-e-a-t weekend for MABA members to spend time smithing together!
  • Iron-In-The-Hat: Candle Holder
  • Contact Rob Bentley:

June 2019

Log Cabin Days and Blacksmith Festival

  • June 22, 10-4 p.m. & June 23, 12-4 p.m.
    Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum
    Grass Lake, MI 49240- Jackson County
    You are invited to demonstrate and sell.
    You are welcome to arrive Friday, rustic camping available, and restaurants available in area. No alcohol, have a laid-back weekend without it!
    Contact MABA member, Mike Cameron for details.

July-August 2019

Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling MI

  • Wood Shaving Days - July 20-21
  • Black Iron Days - August 24-25
  • The Friends of Hartwick Pines invite you to join their group and demonstrate at Hartwick Pines!
    Contact MABA member, Lyle Cline 989.390.9110 for your membership forms, demonstration forms and camping information.

July 2019

Walloon Flywheeler's Old Engine Show

  • July 25-28
  • Located on 00145 U.S. 131 N. Boyne Falls, MI 49713
    You are invited to visit the engine show. It’s a great place to see smiths demonstrating.
    Contact MABA member Steve Anderson 231.547.1458

August 2019

The Blacksmiths of Mid-Michigan Annual Summer Hammer-In

    August 10th starting at 9:00 AM, at Dace Koenigsknecht's shop.
    4752 South Williams Road, St. Johns, MI 48879.
    Download information.

You are invited, Blacksmiths welcome!

UP Steam & Gas Engine Show

  • August 31, September 1-2, Labor Day Weekend.
    State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, MI
    Contact George Potvin 906.466.2276 for details.

September 2019

The 2019 Metalwork Market

  • You are invited to attend:
    The 2019 Metalwork Market will take place on Saturday September 21st, from 10am to 8pm at Smith Shop, 180 Victor Street, Highland Park, MI 48203.
    There will have food and music throughout the day, as well as demonstrations. Please come by and enjoy the event!
    *See Flyer

SOFA Quadstate Conference 2019

October 2019

Saturday, October 12, Noon

  • MABA Business Meeting
    Officer Nominations
    Hosted by Mike Gordier
    7272 H Dr South, Battle Creek, MI 49014
    Mike will demonstrate a copper cross.
    Iron-in-the-Hat: Something with copper in it ( rivets, accents, or all copper, your choice).

November 2019

  • Saturday, November 9, at noon
    Hosted by Co-owners, Gabriel Craig and Amy Weiks
    Smith Shop, 180 Victor St, Highland Park, MI, 48203
    Gabriel will demonstrate floral forms.
    Plenty of street parking.
    Iron-in-the-Hat: Flower accents to use in sculpture.

December 2019

  • Saturday, December 7, at noon
  • MABA Business Meeting & Christmas Party
    Hall at Graham Church, 7320 W Beard Rd, Perry MI 48872
    No demonstration, great potluck dinner (2 meats, hot & cold drinks, bread, and condiments are provided), annual meeting with election of officers, scholarship awards, tool box raffle and our big fund raising auction.
    Plan to bring the family!
    MABA Auction 2 pm.
    Public is welcome to attend the auction!

Safety First!

Whereas the craft of blacksmithing is a potentially dangerous activity, any guest/visitor attending an activity hosted by the Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association will be required to sign the Liability Release form and wear safety glasses while in the demonstration area or during a demonstration or anytime ANY metal work is being preformed at the demonstration area.

Please turn in your signed release form to any MABA officer at the MABA event.

Guests and visitors to an event must understand the unique safety issues involved with hot iron. Sparks Fly! Tools Break!

  • Wear safety glasses.
  • Wear natural fiber clothes like cotton. Synthetics are more flammable and they melt, potentially contributing to serious burns.
  • Wear closed toe shoes, leather if possible, high top leather is best.
  • Assume all iron; stock, tools, vises etc. are HOT.
  • Resist the urge to grab for falling objects. They can be very HOT.
  • Wear Ear Protection!