2016 – Welcome & Chairman’s Message

AACB Blacksmith Conference
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, May 19-21, 2016

Welcome Fellow Blacksmith Enthusiasts!

We would like to welcome everyone to the 2016 AACB Conference.  We strive to make each Conference a fun and memorable event!  We are very excited this time to bring Mark Aspery from California and the team of Susan Hutchinson from North Carolina/Julie Clark from Georgia as the Featured Demonstrators.

In addition, we have three outstanding AACB members performing demonstrations throughout the Conference.  Our lineup includes Larry Cole, Daniel Pelletier, and Samuel Stoner.  This will be a great opportunity to see some of the best talent AACB has to offer.

Early birds will enjoy the best of the terrific Tailgate Sales, and the numerous Vendors scheduled to be present.  Everyone is encouraged to bring your own tailgate items to sell or trade.

During the Conference you will be able to browse and bid on the numerous IITH (Iron-in-the-Hat) and Auction Items on display.  Bring your own special items for the Auction and IITH.  Also, please bring in any unique pieces you have for Show-and-Tell.  There will be Drawings for a Complete Electric Coal Forge  w/Anvil, Vise, and Hand Tools, so please come and bid.  All proceeds help AACB promote blacksmithing at individual forges and workshops.

Green Coal Classes and one-on-one instruction from AACB teachers will be available.  We also have a fantastic lineup for our Family Programs this year.  Marilyn Jobe will instruct a Glass Fusing Jewelry class, and Jeff Mosley will have a class making Copper Pencil Cups.

Friday night’s BBQ Dinner followed by the Forging Contest will make for an enjoyable evening for all.

The Conference location at Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village offers a unique experience of days gone by and is within walking distance to numerous shops, restaurants, and Murfreesboro’s historic downtown square area.  If you enjoy history, Murfreesboro is home to numerous pre-civil war estates as well as the Stones River National Battlefield.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Clint “Buzz” Busbee and
Ron Nichols
2016 Conference Co-Chairmen