Events Calendar

Open Forges at Mt. Vernon’s Pioneer Village blacksmith shop the 2nd Saturday. Bring dish for Pot luck lunch. The Sugar Grove Forge is located at Sugar Grove Nature Center and is open the 3rd Saturday of each month. Lunch is on your own. We are at the Carlinville shop for a work day every Wednesday from about 10:00 to 3:00 any one wanting to fire up a forge is welcome. Steve Knowles shop in Decatur has open forges on the 2nd Saturday of the odd months for those in the Decatur area.

Attention all members that demonstrate at various fairs, festivals or old time reunions – please contact Augie Schimdt at (618) 254-9235.  To add your event to this website, share your submission via the contact us form.

September 23, 2017
  • SOFA Quadstate Conference

    September 23, 2017September 25, 2017 
    Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, OH

    Several demonstrators every day, TBA.
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September 30, 2017
  • Beginning Blacksmith Class

    September 30, 2017 @ 8:00 am3:00 pm 
    Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N 725 East Rd, McLean, IL 61754, USA

    Max. 10 participants per class. $50 fee for members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or IVBA members/$60 for non-members. Fee includes lunch, tools, and materials. Must be registered and prepaid one week before class starts.

    Contacts: Bill Kauffman (309)208-2505
    Sugar Grove Nature Center (309)874-2174

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October 9, 2017
  • Upper Midwest Regional Blacksmith Conference 2017

    October 9, 2017October 14, 2017 
    Thresherman's Park, Pontiac, IL

    Demonstrators: Mark Aspery and Pep Gomez.
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