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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.

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

  • Mark your Calendar!
    May 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
    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:
    Iron-In-The-Hat: Shoe Horn (think nice decorative handle)

June 2018

  • 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: for current information

July 2018

  • July 21-22
  • Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
    Wood Shaving Days

August 2018

  • August 25-26
    Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, MI
    Black Iron Days

September 2018

  • September
    SOFA QuadState Conference 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!