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Calendar

This page updated April 18, 2018.

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 2018

January 2018

  • Saturday, January 13, at noon
  • Hosted by Kevin Keena and Owen Creteau, CJ Forge
    Hazel Park, MI 48030
    Demonstration: Owen will demonstrate forge welding a blacksmith’s basket.
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Towel bar

February 2018

  • Saturday, February 10, at noon
    Hosted by Tillers International
    Scotts MI 49088
    Demonstration: John Sarge will demonstrate forging styles and shop setup in developing countries.
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Something with a Heart

March 2018

  • Saturday, March 24, at noon
    MABA Business Meeting
    Hosted by Pat and Rod Lange
    Steelhead Fabrication
    Romulus, MI 48174
    Demonstration: Rod will demonstrate a Brian Brazeal style Crane.
    NOT Iron-In-The-Hat: Great Tools for the Tool Box

April 2018

  • Saturday, April 21, at noon
    Hosted by the Max Carrey Blacksmith Guild
    At the Bradley House & Carriage House
    Part of the Midland County Historical Museum
    3200 Cook Rd, Midland MI 48640
    Demonstrations: Keith Nefe will demonstrate a Cant Hook and Brent Cole will demonstrate a Spoon Augur Drill Bit.
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Garden Items

May 2018

MABA Member Hammer-In at Tompkins Center Park

  • May 18-19-20th
    Saturday, May 19th, 5 p.m. MABA Business Meeting and IITH
    9999 Tompkins Rd, Rives Junction, MI 49277
    The Hammer-In is intended to be an easy going weekend to spend time together learning, laughing and smithing.
    For MABA members, rustic camping will be available in the park.
    Members see The May-June Upsetter for current information. Times, fees and what you need to bring!
    Rob Bentley, Weekend Coordinator
    call: 248.219.5596, email: buckskinner1776@gmail.com
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Shoe Horn (think nice decorative handle)

June 2018

Saturday, June 2, at noon

  • Guests and visitors welcome. Please review these safety issues before attending a demonstration.
    Demonstration hosted by Mike Gordier.
    Battle Creek, MI 49014
    Mike will demonstrate elements of a trellis.
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Spring Flowers

The Michigan Flywheeler’s Swap Meet

    Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Public welcome.
    MABA members are invited to demonstrate at the Michigan Flywheeler’s Museum. South Haven, MI.
    Camping and admission fees waived for a donation of handmade item for gift shop.
    Contact MABA member: Ted Guimond for details.
    By mail: 04160 C.R. 689, South Haven, MI 49090
    You may call: 269.767.4600 or
    email: tguimond@comcast.net

Log Cabin Days and Blacksmith Festival

  • June 23, 10-5pm & June 24, 12-5pm. Public welcome.
    MABA members are invited to demonstrate and sell at the Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum
    Grass Lake, MI 49240- Jackson County
    1 free meal ticket per day.
    Contact MABA member, Mike Cameron for details.
    517.596.3476

June 27th – 30th ABANA welcomes guests

The ABANA 2018 Conference

  • at the Meadow Event Park
    13048 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047
    Go to: abana.org for up-to-date information and registration.

July 2018

Blacksmiths Wanted!

  • Pioneer Power Antique Tractor and Engine Club. Public welcome.
    25th Anniversary Show
    July 19-22, 2018 West Branch, MI
    MABA members are invited to demonstrate and sell. Come for one day or stay for the whole show. BYOC (Bring your own canopy!).
    Free primitive camping for exhibitors.
    Smithing coal will be provided for use during the show.
    Please RSVP so we can set aside adequate space.
    Contact Chuck Sedlacek at 989.701.2440 or blacksmith1967@outlook.com

Wood Shaving Days

  • July 21-22
    Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
    Wood Shaving Days. Public welcome.
    The Friends of Hartwick Pines invite MABA members to join their group and demonstrate at Hartwick Pines for Wood Shaving Days!
    Contact MABA member, Lyle Cline 989.390.9110 for your membership forms, demonstration forms and camping information.

Walloon Flywheeler's Old Engine Show

  • July 26, 27, 28, 29 Public welcome.
  • 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 2018

Black Iron Days

  • August 25-26
    Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
    Black Iron Days. Public welcome.
    The Friends of Hartwick Pines invite MABA members to join their group and demonstrate at Hartwick Pines for Black Iron Days!
    Contact MABA member, Lyle Cline 989.390.9110 for your membership forms, demonstration forms and camping information.

September 2018

UP Steam & Gas Engine Show

  • September 1, 2, 3 -Labor Day Weekend. Public welcome.
    State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, MI
    Blacksmiths welcome!r>
    Contact George Potvin 906.466.2276 for details.

The Michigan Flywheeler’s Trade & Tractor Show

Thursday-Sunday, Weekend after Labor Day. September 6-9.

  • Public welcome.
    MABA members are invited to demonstrate. If you are interested in selling, you must sign up as a vendor.
    At the Michigan Flywheeler’s Museum. South Haven, MI.
    Contact MABA member, Ted Guimond for details.
    By mail: 04160 C.R. 689, South Haven, MI 49090
    you may call: 269.767.4600 or email: tguimond@comcast.net

SOFA QuadState Conference 2018

  • September

November 2018

December 2018

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at noon
    MABA Business Meeting and Christmas Party
    Hall at Graham Church, 7320 W Beard Rd, Perry MI 48872
    No demonstration, great potluck dinner, 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!