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 2022

Woodworking Meeting

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

Meetings of the Southwest Michigan Woodworking guild are held September through May.  The June meeting is a picnic with the location TBA.

Northern Ohio Blacksmiths (NOB)

May 6-8
Location: Auglaise Village in Defiance, Ohio

Early American Industries Association (EAIA)

May 18-21
Location: Freeport, Maine

This meeting is held in different locations each year.  On Thursday and Friday tours are scheduled for the surrounding area.  Saturday there are talks by different individuals, tool displays, silent auction, and the annual banquet.

Vicksburg Car Show

June 11
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.

Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine/Machinery Show

July 29-30
Location: Gilmore Car Museum

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

ODPC Funfest

July 14-16
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.

Indiana State Fair

July 29-August 14
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.

Allegan County Fair

September 9-17
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.

Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA)

September 23-25
Location: Tip City, Ohio fairgrounds

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