Youth Hammer In

June 20, 21, and 22, 2014


Offered by the American Bladesmith Society, Inc.

 Hosted by Smoky Mountain Knife Works 


For a video preview of the event click on the ABS YouTube Channel video above.

Youth Hammer In -group photo




Young participants will again have an opportunity to forge their own blades in 2014. During the June 20, 21, and 22, 2014 weekend. One-on-one instruction under the direction of an experienced American Bladesmith Society Master Smith, Journeyman Smith, or Apprentice Smith will again be offered at this year's Smoky Mountain Youth Hammer-In at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Sevierville, TN.


We have now reached our limit of  20 youth participants between the ages of 9 and 18. The youth participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and will feature hands-on forging and finish work.




               Smoky Mountain Knife Works

               2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway

               Sevierville, Tennessee 37876


Directions: Google Maps


Pre-Registration:   Register and pay the $65 registration fee in the ABS Store at Event Registration

                               or Contact Cindy Sheely at or 419-832-0400 

                               Please register in advance of the event as space is limited to 20 youth participants.

                               Check-In will be conducted at the Hammer In 


For event Information Contact:

Houston Price by telephone (865) 397-0053 or Email

Johnny Perry by telehone (864) 431-6390 or Email


Safety Equipment: 

Your safety is important. Please wear leather shoes or work boots ( no tennis shoes), cotton shirts, and long cotton pants, work apron, and leather work gloves that fit your hands. We will provide safety glasses. Feel free to bring your favorite hammer and tongs.


Registration Application and Waiver Form:

 To Download, Click: Youth Waiver and Registration.pdf



Friday, June 20, 2014
Participants Registration and Bladesmith Instructors arrive and set up forging equipment
By mid to late afternoon and some forging will begin


Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:30 AM - Welcome, Safety Talk, Knife Nomenclature and Design Chalk Talk
9:00 AM - Forging Demo, Pairing of students with instructors, Begin the Individual Instructions On The Anvil under close supervision
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Forging Demo, Individual Instructions On The Anvil --- Continue throughout the day
3:00 PM - Demo Hand Finishing Techniques
5:00 PM - Fires out
6:00 PM - Dinner

Sunday, June 22, 2014
8:00 AM - Devotional Service
9:00 AM - Chalk Talk on Handles and Guards, Individual Instructions On The Anvil ---Continue throughout the day
10:00 AM - Heat Treating Demo
12:00 PM - Lunch
2:00 PM - Fires out and load up equipment
Wrap-up question time and presentations of certificates.


Master Smith Jim Crowell and youth

Accomodations for the Youth Hammer-In:




PHONE: 865-933-3939