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This page updated June 14, 2017

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.

Calendar 2017

January 2017

  • Saturday, January 14, at noon
  • Hosted by Kevin Keena and Owen Creteau, CJ Forge
    Hazel Park, MI 48030
    Demonstration: Fire Pit Tongs by Owen Creteau
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Trivet or Fireplace Poker

February 2017

  • Saturday, February 11, at noon
    Hosted by Kathleen and Tim Carr, Blackbear Forge
    Muskegon, MI
    Demonstration: Wine Glass Holder by Karen Quinn
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Letter Opener

March 2017

  • Saturday, March 18, at noon
    MABA Business Meeting
    Hosted by Pat and Rod Lange, Steelhead Fabrication
    Romulus, MI
    Demonstration: Bolt tongs by Atticus McFadden-Kessling
    NOT-Iron-In-The-Hat: Great Tools for the Tool Box

April 2017

  • Saturday, April 29, at noon
    Corunna Historical Village in McCurdy Park
    560 W Corunna Ave, Corunna, MI 48817
    Demonstration: by Nathan Cox who will demonstrate an Eagle Head Bottle Opener
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Beverage Opener

May 2017

  • May 5-7 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    31st NOB Hammer-In, Auglaize Village
    Defiance, OH
    Registration required.
    Please get Registration Flyer PDF on-line at
  • May 19, 20, 21 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    MABA Business Meeting May 21
    Bat House Forge Hammer-In Finale (last one)
    Iron In The Hat: Marshmallow Fork

June 2017

  • June 9,10 - Friday and Saturday
    The Michigan Flywheeler’s Steam Show
    You are invited to demonstrate and sell.
    Hosted by the Michigan Flywheeler’s Museum in South Haven, MI.
    Contact MABA member: Ted Guimond, 04160 C.R. 689, South Haven, MI 49090
    Call: 269.767.4600 or
  • June 8,9,10 - Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
    Antique Farm Power Club
    26th Annual Tractor & Engine Show
    Blacksmith wanted to demonstrate.
    Muskegon County Fairgrounds
  • You may come one or all days.
    Free Camping for demonstrators! Selling ok.
    Please Call Mark Scholten for more information, 616.293.1961
  • June 24, 10-5 p.m. & June 25, 12-5 p.m.
    Log Cabin Days and Blacksmith Festival
    Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum
    Grass Lake, MI 49240- Jackson County
    You are invited to demonstrate and sell.
    1 free meal ticket per day.
    Contact: MABA member, Mike Cameron for details. 517.596.3476

July 2017

  • July 15-16
  • Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
    Wood Shaving Days
    Please consider demonstrating at Hartwick Pines! Contact Friends of Hartwick Pines for your demonstration forms and information.
    Call: Lyle Cline, 989-390-9110
    July 17-19 (with limited space)
    Heritage Park on Beaver Island
    Blacksmiths wanted to demonstrate.
    Please contact Gary Snow for more information, 616.808.6988
  • July 27-30
  • Walloon Flywheeler's Old Engine Show
    Located on 00145 U.S. 131 N. Boyne Falls, MI 49713
    You are invited to demonstrate and sell; coal provided.
    Free camping and admission for demonstrators.
    Contact MABA member: Steve Anderson, 231.547.1458

August 2017

  • August 26-27
    Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
    Black Iron Days
    Please consider demonstrating at Hartwick Pines!
    Contact Friends of Hartwick Pines for your demonstration forms and information.
    Call: Lyle Cline, 989.390.9110

September 2017

  • September 2, 3, 4
    U.P. Steam and Gas Show
    State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, MI
    Blacksmiths welcome!
    Contact George Potvin, 906.466.2276 for details.

October 2017

  • October 14, 2017 at noon
    Business meeting, Officer nominations.
    Hosted by Jennifer Horn
    Daisy Hill Forge
    Dafter MI 49724 (south of Sault Ste. Marie)
    Jennifer will discuss and demonstrate several different techniques building boxes / vessels.
    Those wishing to extend the weekend are invited to camp in the yard. Hotels also available in the area.

November 2017

  • November 4, 2017 at noon
    Hosted by Wade Hanshue
    Fremont, MI 49412.
    Wade will demonstrate some of the things he picked up at Dan Naumann’s shop in the class he took on the MABA scholarship.

December 2017

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!