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Demonstrator needed for Mount Prospect Historical Society Museum event in August

The Mount Prospect Historical Society is working on a new permanent blacksmith exhibit at their museum, which will commemorate John Meyn, Mount Prospect’s first blacksmith. Their 1906 carriage house will eventually be converted into a mock blacksmith shop, and in the meantime they want to host a blacksmith demonstration in the dooryard to get people excited for the new exhibit.

To this end, they are looking for a blacksmith to come demonstrate on one Saturday in August for about 3 hours in the morning/afternoon (exact date and times are flexible.)  Compensation is negotiable.  If you are interested or need more information, please contact Lindsay Rice by email at or by phone at (847)392-9006.

Thank you!

Crystal Lake Park District/Historical Society looking for demonstrators for Summer Sundays events

Each summer, the Crystal Lake Park District along with  the Crystal Lake Historical Society and City of Crystal Lake host Summer Sundays at the Colonel Palmer House located at 660 E. Terra Cotta Road in Crystal Lake. The Colonel Palmer House is open year round and is a historic building housing built in 1858 that sits on five acres of open land. The property is what remains of the 300 acres once owned by an early McHenry County pioneer and farming family—the Palmers. The Palmer home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and provides the perfect setting for ongoing Victorian teas, many school educational events and historic presentations.

The Colonel Palmer House gets close to 500 people attending each summer event.  We were wondering if anyone from the IVBA would be available to have a Blacksmith presentation/demonstration at any of our Summer Sundays held June 3rd, July 15th or August 12th.  Each Summer Sunday is from 1-4 pm but we could be flexible if someone was only able to be present for part of the event.

If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact Sherri Van Vlierbergen at 815-459-0680, Ext. 1218.

Summer Sundays Flier 2018

Blacksmiths needed for 35th Annual Old Fashioned Tractor Show & Swap Meet

River Valley Antique Association will be hosting their 35th Annual Old Fashioned Tractor Show & Swap Meet on August 25 & 26, 2018 at Butler Haynes Park located at 9424 S. Mapleton Road, Mapleton, IL  61547.

Members of the IVBA are invited to come to the show and set up a blacksmith tent if possible.  This show attracts a lot of people from the area and it would be great to showcase blacksmithing to those unfamiliar with this trade.

The show this year will be featuring the tractor brand John Deere, events include an Antique Tractor parade, Antique Tractor pull and a peddle tractor pull for the kids and craft show.

If anyone from the IVBA would be  able to attend and set up a blacksmith tent or have any questions please call Michelle May at (309) 696-2171.  The event is free to vendors and patrons.

New Websmith in Town

Hello IVBA family,

My name is Chris Vranek and earlier this year I was asked if I wanted to take over the day-to-day operations for the IVBA website.  I decided to give it a shot, so I’ve been handed the keys to this buggy and I will attempt to keep this site a great place to meet and come together as smiths, colleagues, and friends.

To that end, I’ll also be working on our Facebook page.  Please come visit and share your latest smithing projects, ideas, photos, and local events so we can all enjoy them together!


See you around, and keep smithing!