Events and Exhibitions

Requests from craft fairs and our desire to share these vanishing skills has lead us to offer on-site demonstrations and teaching programs. Please talk to us about special projects and events or view our videos online (coming soon)

Schedule of Events for 2021

Woodworking Meeting

2nd Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Makerspace – 1102 Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI  49048

Monthly meeting of the Southwest Michigan Woodworking guild.

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Northern Ohio Blacksmiths (NOB) CANCELLED

May 7-9
Location: Auglaise Village in Defiance, Ohio

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Early American Industries Association (EAIA)

May 15-18
Location: Lowell, Massachusetts

This meeting is held in different locations each year.

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Vicksburg Car Show

June 8
Location: Downtown Vicksburg, Michigan

Not only is there a display of antique cars, there is also a bean pot off the main street.  Bean soup is served around 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Donations are welcomed.

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Coopering Barrels

June 19-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tillers International

In this class students complete a 5 gallon barrel (Pin Keg) with white oak.  The student needs to take a coopering buckets or piggin class as a prerequisite.

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Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine/Machinery Show

June 14-16
Location: Tillers International

There is a different “feature” tractor every year but all makes and models are welcomed.  This year’s “feature” tractor is the doodlebug.  The show features tractor machinery displays, small engine displays, vintage garden tractors, large flea market, daily tractor parade, children’s play area and much more.

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Horse Progress Days

July 5-6
Location: Arthur, Illinois

This year the show will be held in .  Horse-drawn machinery is featured at this show.  There is also a flea market.

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Midwest Tool Collectors Assoc. Meet & Auction

July 14
Location: Tillers International

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ODPC Funfest

July 18-20
Location: Evart, Michigan

This is the largest hammered dulcimer festival in Michigan.  The Original Dulcimer Players Club (ODPC) sponsors this event.  Workshops are being held every day with well-known players teaching them.  There is jamming all hours of the day and night along with concerts, and a vendor area.

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Indiana State Fair

August 2-18
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

At the fair there is an area called the pioneer village.  Crafts of old times are presented here.  There is music, candle making, wooden bowl making, blacksmithing, coopering, and wheelwriting among other activities.

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Allegan County Fair

September 6-14
Location: Allegan, Michigan

Even though this is a relatively small fair there is an area called the historical village which includes an old church brought down from the upper peninsula, an old school house, doctors office, blacksmith shop and more.

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Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA)

September 21-22
Location: Tip City, Ohio fairgrounds

There are blacksmithing demonstrations by famous blacksmiths, a flea market selling all kinds of blacksmithing equipment and more.

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Coopering Buckets

October 11-12
Location: Tillers International

The student will learn to make a bucket with hand tools only.  The student will use a shaving horse, draw knife,  croze, inshave, hollowing knife, floor jointer, and hoop driver.

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Coopering Tools II

October 10-11
Location: Tillers International

Many of the specialty tools of the cooper are hard to find, new or used.  In this class the student will make tools for making barrels which include floor jointer, hoop driver, froe, and rivet set.

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Production Barrel Making – CANCELED

October 24-28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Tillers International

Make barrels using machinery such as power joiners, planers, table saws, band saws, and routers.  Each student will leave with a 15 gallon barrel.  This is an excellent class for the small-size artisanal cooper.  PREREQUISITE:  coopering barrels or equivalent experience.

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