Position: Renaissance Blacksmith Guide

  • At the Dragon Forge Experience our Blacksmiths are part smith, part guide, and part dragon tamer. As a smith, your role will be to manage the forge, work the tongs while guiding the patron through the forging process, and to provide an entertaining experience for the patrons and the gathering audience.

  • If you have an outgoing personality, blacksmith skills and like to dress up in historical clothing, this job is for you!

When & Where?

  • The MI Renaissance Fair runs from September 5th to October 4th, every Saturday and Sunday, as well as the first and last Friday. The faire is open from 10am - 7pm, but staff will need to be on site by 9:00am and will be on the clock until 7:30pm.

  • The faire grounds are located at 12600 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442.

  • Camping is available through the fair campground at $55/weekend if you live more than 75 miles away.


  • Blacksmiths will make a competitive hourly rate plus any tips they earn. We find that smiths with an outgoing personality tend to make a pretty decent amount in tips.

  • The job and pay will be based off of a 10 hour work day, two days a weekend (there are two 3-day weekends). This is a not a salary position, so smiths must show to be paid.

  • Smiths are encouraged to network with our patrons to offer them additional services and full lessons outside of the fair. DFE is not interested in offering lessons or classes in the area outside of what we currently do. This is a great way for our smiths to gain additional commissions and students, and increase local sales throughout the year.

Expectations & Information

  • Training: there will be a set training day for Staff of DFE. All Staff must attend. This will give us an opportunity to set our expectations, practice forging together, and let us see your processes, flow, and personality.

  • Work Load: It is expected that smiths will be able to handle leading up to 4 patrons through an experience at a time at a pace of at least one experience per hour. Part of the job is to entice fair-goers to join an experience so that you can meet these numbers. 

  • Breaks: Smiths will be given a 30 mins lunch break and two 15 minute breaks per day. Lunch is not provided, so pack a lunch or be prepared to purchase food from the food courts

  • Clothing: All Staff will be required to be in full period clothing for the duration of the work day. Outfits are subject to fair review.

  • Sobriety: all Staff must remain show up sober and remain sober throughout the work day. We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drug usage during work hours due to the nature of our work and insurance policy. 

  • Legal Papers: All Staff will be considered contractors and will fill out 1099s as well as sign a non-compete with DFE. This will not limit your ability to practice as a blacksmith in your area, just within renaissance fairs and similar festivals or any event we book at.

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