Schedule of Events

Event: NC ABANA 1 Quarter Meeting at Dean’s Oak Hill Iron

Date: March 17, 2018


Description: Stop by our very own Oak Hill Iron Home of Big BLU to meet some of the NC ABANA blacksmiths and see what all we’re planning for the rest of the year. You’ll be able to see blacksmiths at work and purchase a variety of items made by our very own members. A portion of all sales support NC ABANA and blacksmithing in NC so this is a great chance to meet a lot of local artists and support some amazing local work!


Event: CBA Spring Conference 2018 in El Dorado Fair Grounds Placerville CA

Date: April 12-14 2018


Description: There will be many small forging contests available to compete in as well as a large number of demonstrations from some very talented artists. You can count on plenty of slide shows, pictures, lectures and forging fun to fill your weekend. Tickets are available for a one day pass or for the full conference and there is also a banquet dinner ticket for those who want to get the full experience.


Event: AACB Blacksmith Conference in Murfreesboro TN

Date: May 17-19 2018


Description: The weekend will consist of a hodge-podge of different activities to keep the fun moving. One-on-one instruction classes will be available from AACB teachers and there will be a large forging contest scheduled for Friday night so make sure you’re there to watch or compete with us! Everyone is invited to bring their own tailgate items so that we can all buy or trade from one another and this is a great idea to spread the present artistry.


Event: Blade Show in Atlanta, GA

Date: June 1-3 2018


Description: Come join us and 700 other exhibitors this year at the Blade Show in Georgia! This year it will be bigger and better than it ever has and you will have the opportunity to view, appreciate and purchase blades from renowned knife makers and manufacturers from around the globe. Tickets grant you access to the seemingly endless aisles of the rare, unique, and custom blades as well as many other knife related products.


Event: ABANA Conference at Meadow Event Park in Richmond VA

Date: June 27-June 30 2018


Description: ABANA is currently working on gathering some of the best demonstrators to come together and reflect the theme of the conference. There will be a wide range of styles and tools utilized so that attendees will get a glimpse of a variety of styles that represent the diversifying world of blacksmithing. Check out the website to get updates on the demonstrators and come join us in June!


Event: SOFA Quad State Conference at Miami County Fairgrounds, OH

Date: September 21-23 2018


Description: Not many details yet but keep checking out the website for more information as the event draws closer. We at Big BLU are excited to see what the conference holds in store for us all this year!