This page updated March 14, 2018.
Safety first is expected at all MABA events. Safety glasses must be worn during demonstrations.
Guests are welcome! Anyone interested in learning more about blacksmithing is encouraged to attend. Please review these safety issues before attending an event.
A typical MABA event
Sharing information is what it's all about! The date and time 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, a bag of chips or a desert, 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. At the end of every demonstration the group has an Iron-In-The-Hat. The "Hat" receives hand forged items following a theme (fork, trivet, letter opener, etc) or any item of interest for a blacksmith (stock, tools, books, etc). These items contributed by the members are then raffled off with the funds going to keep the membership dues low and to support the group's bimonthly publication, The Upsetter. 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 and what the project is for Iron-In-The-Hat.
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 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
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
- Saturday, March 24, at noon
MABA Business Meeting
Hosted by Pat and Rod Lange
Romulus, MI 48174
Demonstration: Rod will demonstrate a Brian Brazeal style Crane.
NOT Iron-In-The-Hat: Great Tools for the Tool Box
- 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
- Mark your Calendar!
May Hammer-In at Tompkins Center Park
Saturday, May 19th, 5 p.m. MABA Business Meeting and IITH
9999 Tompkins Rd, Rives Junction, MI 49277
Rustic camping will be available in the park.
MABA members contact Rob Bentley with questions -
and ask him how YOU can help!
Call: 248.219.5596 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iron-In-The-Hat: Shoe Horn (think nice decorative handle)
Saturday, June 2, at noon
Hosted by Mike Gordier
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Mike will demonstrate elements of a trellis.
Iron-In-The-Hat: Spring Flowers
- June 27th – 30th 2018
The ABANA 2018 Conference
at the Meadow Event Park
13048 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047
Go to: abana.org for current information
- July 21-22
Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
Wood Shaving Days
- August 25-26
Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
Black Iron Days
SOFA QuadState Conference 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!
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!