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Spring Piney Woods Hammer-In Washington, Arkansas - April 30 and May 1, 2011

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:09 PM

Spring Piney Woods Hammer In

Offered by the American Bladesmith Society, Inc.
April 30 and May 1, 2011
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Location:
Moran School of Bladesmithing
Texarkana College
Washington, Arkansas
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Directions: Google Maps

For more Information Contact:
B.R. Hughes at (903) 838-0134 or Email BR


Registration:
$55 Registration fee can be paid in "Event Registration" in the ABS Store or contact Cindy Sheely, ABS Store Manager at (419) 832-0400 or Email Cindy


Demonstrators:

Jerry Fisk, MS - Marketing Tips

J.R. Cook, MS - Handles and Guards

Mike Williams, MS - ABS Judging Standards

Greg Neely, MS - Damascus Steel

Dr. James Batson, MS - Antique Bowies


Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express, 2600 North Hervey Street, Hope, AR 71801, (870) 722-6262

Best Western, 1800 Holiday Drive, Hope, Arkansas 71801-2510, (870) 777-9222



Special Events:

Fish Fry Dinner - Saturday Night

Knife Show - 8:00 to 9:30 AM - Sunday Morning


Cutting Demonstration - 1:00 PM - Sunday Afternoon

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:54 PM

We are looking forward to it. Always a good time and great to see everyone. Hope to see a lot of you all there.
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 06:15 AM

Always a great time at Old Washington. For all the smiths that can't get away for a week or two to attend classes it is a great opportunity to cram a lot of knowledge into two days.
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The applicants for a ratings stamp in Atlanta; this will be your chance to get your work looked at by several MS's and still have time to fine tune them before testing. There will be judges from both the MS and JS panels there, the wise will take advantage of the opportunity.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 04:46 PM

I was in touch with BR Hughes today about the upcoming Spring Piney Woods Hammer-In and this is how he describes some of the tradition that surrounds this ABS event:


“The Piney Woods Hammer-in at Old Washington will always be special to the American Bladesmith Society. This is not only the "Grandfather of Hammer-ins", and is the only hammer-in that all four of the ABS founders taught at the same year, but it is at the world's first school of Bladesmithing named after the legendary W. F. Moran.

Add all that to the fact that Old Washington can rightfully be called "The Home of the Bowie Knife". According to Robert Penn Warren, the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, James Bowie purchased a knife from James Black who was a Washington, Arkansas smith. A replica of Black's shop may be found in this quaint old town today and is only a short distance from the Moran School.

There are excellent hammer-ins sponsored by the ABS at many sites in this great nation, but the Piney Woods is special--always has been, always will be.”

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 07:16 PM

The Spring Piney Woods Hammer In was the first Hammer In I ever attended. It will always be my favorite. Mr. B.R. is right, there is something about being in Old Washington.

Everyone who is planning on submitting knives for judging in Atlanta should take Mike's very good advice. If you can make it to the Hammer In, do so. You will not get a better opportunity.

See you all there and I will try not to bring bad weather as I have been accused of doing in the past.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 05:07 AM

I get to try out a new cutter on Sunday.

Mike, if you or Cookie have any special requests for cutting knive's construction, I need to know soon:).

The Hammer Ins in Old Washington are like "going home" to me. The sights, sounds, and smells are so familiar I always pause to let em soak in.
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 05:24 PM

Several reviews of the successful Spring Piney Woods Hammer-In conducted this past weekend in Washington, Arkansas are in and it was another outstanding event which I hope that you were able to attend.

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(From Gabriel Ables of Irving Texas)

I had a great time this past weekend at the hammer in. I also immediately came home and started throwing the tomahawk I got at the auction. I learned a ton and see the value of attending the hammer ins and supporting the Society. Thanks for all of your dedication.

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(From ABS Founder BR Hughes, Texarkana, Texas)

We had some great demonstrations at the Spring Piney Woods. Jerry Fisk's demo on Marketing Tips should be put on a CD. Best I have seen on this subject. Dr. Jim Batson did a fine demo on basic heat treat.

Greg Neely's demo on Quillion daggers was terrific, and Mike Williams and JR Cook always do a great presentation on basic forging, handles and guards, and grinding. Carl Hallenback did a great job of setting things up, and Uncle Al Lawrence was a good resource on materials, etc. Bill Wiggins did anything we asked. We could not ask for a better team.

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