For General Meetings, Conferences and Events
AACB Regional Meetings/Conferences
For exact dates, please check Events Calendar closer to meeting dates.
Most meetings feature a blacksmithing demonstration, food, a general meeting, and an Iron-in-the-Hat (a drawing of tickets to win donated items); some meetings/conferences also include a live auction of donated items and various family programs.
January – Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village in Murfreesboro TN, hosted by Rutherford County Blacksmiths Association (RCBA).
April – Behind the Tennessee Valley Railroad Station in Chattanooga TN, hosted by Choo Choo Forge.
May, every other even-numbered year – AACB Conference, Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village, Murfreesboro, TN
May, every other odd-numbered year – Southeastern Blacksmith Association (SBA) Conference, Lion’s Club grounds in Madison, GA. AACB is one of seven regional chapters to host this biannual event.
July – Knoxville TN area, hosted by Clinch River Blacksmith Guild (CRBG).
August or September – Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village in Lebanon TN, hosted by Fiddler’s Grove Blacksmiths Association (FGBA).
October – McMinnville TN, hosted by Warren County Blacksmiths Association (WCBA).
November – Annual Meeting, John C. Campbell Folk School (JCCFS) in Brasstown NC, hosted by Brasstown Blacksmiths.
December – Christmas Party, Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville TN, hosted by AACB.
Meetings/Events at Various AACB Forge Groups
Please be respectful to the hosts at meetings. All tailgate/personal sales should be restricted to the parking lot to avoid competing with their sales or demonstrations. Thank you.
Bowling Green KY: Kentucky Forge Council – Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 in the Kentucky Museum Auditorium, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY. Charles Hurst 270-303-3266.
Brasstown Blacksmiths — Brasstown NC. Gathering on the 3rd Sunday of the month at various blacksmith’s shops in the Brasstown Area. Contact Paul Garrett (828) 835-8441 or Dave Smucker at (828) 835-7466. Visitors are welcome.
Bristol Forge — Meets the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm at Rocky Mount state historic site.
Choo Choo Forge — Jack Wheeler, 2000 Clematis Drive, Hixson, TN 37343. Ph: (423) 842-8132. Meets the first Thursday of every month at the Tennessee Valley RR Museum on Chamberlain Ave. www.facebook.com/choo.forge
Clarksville Warioto Forge Blacksmith’s — Shane Myers (931) 552 7496 at 1662 River Rd. Clarksville, TN 37040 – not meeting at this time – see Possum Trot Forge for the Clarksville area.
Clinch River Blacksmith Guild — CRBG meets at 1:30pm the last Sunday of each month, at different forges around the Knoxville area. For more information feel free to contact Joe Babb, 865-851-1216, www.crbguild.com
Fiddler’s Grove Blacksmith Assn. — Daniel Pelletier, Watertown TN, Phone 615-330-0901 or Ed Donnely, Phone (615) 473-6053. Meets the first Sunday of the Month at 1:00 pm at Fiddlers Grove in Lebanon TN.
Jamestown TN: Top of the Mountain Forge – Meets the last Saturday of each month at 3:00 at 2200 Memory Garden Road, Jamestown TN. John Taylor 931-287-7120
Lynchburg Forge — Bruce Gillies, 643 Shasteen Ridge Road, Lynchburg, TN 37352, Phone (931) 759 4615. Meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at Bruce Gillies house (note the meeting dates have changed!).
Possum Trot Forge — John Williams, (615) 696-8390 Meets the last Sunday of each month, 1:00 pm at the Adams Museum located behind the old Bell School building on Highway 41 in Adams, Tennessee.
Rutherford County Blacksmith Association — Clinton (Buzz) Busbee, 124 Blue Ribbon Trail, Christiana, TN 37032 Ph: (239) 218-4822. Meets every Monday at 7:00 pm, at Cannonsburgh Historic Village in Murfreesboro. rcbablacksmiths.org
Upper Cumberland Blacksmith Guild — Armand Bussell, (931) 260-4433, 3598 Eaton Rd., Cookeville, TN 38501
Volunteer Forge — Lester Beckman, (931) 762 1268 130 Raven Bluff Rd., Lawrenceburg, TN 38464. Not meeting at this time but feel free to contact Lester.
Warren County Blacksmiths — Jason Bivens (931) 939-4580, 160 Bivens Lane, McMinnville TN 37110. Meets the first and third Saturdays at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Road, McMinnville, TN.