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.
- Saturday, January 19, at noon
- Hosted by Christine & Kevin Keena
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
- 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!***
- 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
- 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
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
SOFA Quadstate Conference 2019
Saturday, October 12, Noon
- MABA Business Meeting
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).
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.
- 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!
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!