2013 California Hammer-In October 18,19 and 20, 2013 - Tulare, CA
Posted 04 August 2013 - 10:06 AM
I hope you have had a great summer so far. It really is going by fast this year......so thought I better be getting some info out to you on this year's Hammer-in.
The dates are Oct. 18,19 and 20. The cost for the 3-days will be the same as last year: $65 pre-registered or $75 at the door.
If you were at last year's Hammer-in you will remember that I said we are moving to a new location. It is in a new (and better) COS facility in Tulare, which is about 7 miles south of Visalia. I will be sending a map of the new location and info on hotels, etc. in August.
We have another great line up for demonstrators:
-Rik Furrer is going to give a demo on Wootz. I have been waiting for years to get this demo.
-Kevin Cashen will be doing a demo on the Quillion dagger. This will especially be of interest for those of you getting ready for your MS test.
-Dan Pfanenstiel will be doing a demo on hamons using 4-5 different mediums.
-Tom Ferry is going to talk about the forged blade and how it fits into the production knife world. In other words, how you can make money making forged blades/knives.
- Steve Koster will be doing a demo on basic Damascus.
- Bill Stuart will be doing a demo on Mokume.
I have a special guest this year.....George Cummings.
-George will be doing a talk on antique knives, from fixed blade to folders.George has probably forgotten more about knives than most of us will ever know.
Bill Burke will not be able to attend and conduct the mini-class on the Aristotle forge.
You can pre-register for the Hammer-in online at www.americanbladesmith.comor contact Cindy Sheely, ABS Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or419-832-0400.
Feel free to call (559-827-7802) or email me email@example.com if you have questions, need more info,etc. and feel free to pass this along to anyone you think would be interested.
Hope to see you all in October.
Posted 02 September 2013 - 06:50 PM
Well, we are about 7 weeks away from the Hammer-in and it’s all starting to come together. Attached is a PDF flyer with the usual info and a list of hotels. Don’t forget, this year’s venue has moved to Tulare!
First, I want to let you know that I tried toblock out some rooms in Tulare but, come to find out, there is a motor race scheduled for the same weekend and a lot of the rooms are already taken. So, ifyou are wanting to stay in Tulare I suggest that you book your room as soon as possible!!!!!! There will be more rooms available in Visalia and it’s just a quick trip down the highway.
Second, there will not be an Aristotle forge building mini class this year.
Third, please remember to bring your auction items. We really appreciate the effort you all put into that.
Fourth, the COS Ag/Equestrian Club will be selling lunch on Friday and Saturday. Please plan to buy your lunch from them as it helps to keep a good relationship with COS. COS provides this facility for our use at no cost.
Hope to see you all in October! In the meanwhile if you have any questions please feel free to call.
PS. I’ve sent out a notice to you all already,but want to remind you that my new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update your contact for me.
Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:55 AM
Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:54 PM
If any of you would like to play with making your own steel but don't want the hassle of building a large gingery type furnace or chopping charcoal for two or three days to get enough for a good smelt then this is the class for you. I am going to show how to build a small furnace capable of creating enough steel for one knife or a large knife with several runs. Then every one in the class will build their own furnace and the next day we will all do a smelt. I'll try and post a picture of a knife I made from one run later this week.
Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:44 AM
I'm going to attempt to pull back on the reigns a bit this time and give a better idea of how to create a hamon on your knives.
I should be able to go over;
Steel selection for good hamon
I'll give some insight on different ways to create hamon
Readily available clays to use and what I look for in a clay.
How to bring out that thing you did with polishing and chemicals
There will be examples, and probably the re-appearance of the baby forge but probably not the sword quenching like last year, unless there's some public outcry!
Can't wait to see Tom, Bill, Mike and everyone. Oh and those two new guys, those east coasters I only get to see on T.V..
Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:19 PM
Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:15 PM
Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:12 PM
Steve Koster did a Damascus demonstration
Kevin Cashen's Presentation on Daggers
Student's from the College prepared a great lunch for us each day
A great shop for a Hammer-In
The demonstrators at the Round Table discussion
Round Table discussion
Green coal was very busy!
Grinding during the Damascus demonstration.