AACB Blacksmith Conference
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, May 17-19, 2018
Welcome Fellow Blacksmith Enthusiasts!
We would like to welcome everyone to the 2018 AACB Conference. We strive to make each conference better than the last! We are very excited to bring Brent Bailey from California, Doug Merkel from Brasstown, NC , and Abraham Pardee from Sparta, TN as our Featured Demonstrators. In addition, we have three outstanding AACB members performing demonstrations throughout the Conference. Our lineup includes Daniel Randall, Greg Waddell, and John Taylor. 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. 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. Charles Hurst and David Marquez will instruct a sand casting workshop, and Debra Townsend will have a class in fragrant soap making.
The Forging Contest is scheduled for Friday night. We don’t yet know what the theme will be, but it’s always a “big hit” (pun intended!).
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
2018 Conference Co-Chairmen