The Austin Forging Competition features a selection of extremely talented blacksmiths who prepare all year to put on the best show they can during their three-hour competition round. AFC contestants are restricted to the use of unpowered hand tools only, but are allowed to create anything they want, be it sculptural, functional or both. AFC offers spectators a thrilling, up-close window into the dynamic processes these accomplished craftspersons use to manipulate raw metals into enduring works of art.
During the day-long event, you’ll be able to enjoy tours of the innovative and nationally-recognized Community First! Village, live music provided by several great bands, a delicious lunch (including vegetarian options) available at our on-site Community Grille, and a pop-up market where you can purchase handmade products created by our talented formerly homeless neighbors. Our resident craftspeople receive 100% of the profit from the sale of their products, enabling them to earn a dignified income, experience greater stability and encounter a greater sense of purpose.