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New England Hammer-In Auburn, Maine - July 23, 24, and 25, 2010

#1 User is offline   Dan Cassidy 

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:11 AM

2nd New England Bladesmithing Hammer In

July 23 through 25, 2010

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Offered by the American Bladesmith Society, Inc.
Hosted by the New England School of Metalwork

Location: New England School of Metalwork
9 Albiston Way
Auburn, Maine

Contact: Cindy Sheely, ABS Store Manager at Email Cindy or call (419) 832-0400
or call Dr. Jim Batson at 256-971-6860 for more information

Registration: Pre-Register and pay the $55 Registration fee online in the Store - Event Registration

Demonstrators:
Rob Hudson - Rumney, NH…………………………………Forging To Shape

Jason Knight - Harleyville, SC……………………………Fun Damascus

Don Fogg - Auburn, ME………………………………The Hand Finished Blade

Greg Neely - Bellaire, TX……………………………Handles & Guards and ABS Judging Criteria

Bill Wiggins - Canton, NC………………………......…Precision Blade Grinding and Auctioneer

Butch Sheely - Grand Rapids, OH....................... Hands on Blade Forging

Mace Vitale - Guilford, CT................ Cutting Demo & Hands-on Blade Forging

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Thursday, 22 July, 2 to 6 pm...............................Check In & Registration

7 pm...............................Demonstrators Dinner at Fran's Place, 1485 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME all invited

Friday, 23 July, 8-12 am...................................Blade Forging & Demonstrations

1-5 pm...............................Blade Forging & Demonstrations

7-9 pm...............................ABS Cutting Demonstrations

Saturday, 24 July, 8-12 am...............................Blade Forging & Demonstrations

1-4 pm............................Knife Show, Blade Forging & Cutting Demos, free to the Public

4-6 pm..............................Auction, bring items for auction

Sunday, 25 July, 8-12 am.................................Blade Forging & Demonstrations


Accommodations

The Fireside Inn, 207-777-1777, 2 double beds, $60 plus tax, Washington St, Auburn, ME.

Ramada Inn, 207-784-2331. 2 double beds, $85.50, 490 Pleasant St., Lewiston, ME


Cutting Demonstrations

Participate in the Cutting Demonstrations. Bring a sharp knife, 15” or less in length
with a blade no longer than 10”. The handle should be pinned & with a safety lanyard.


Please Pre-Register

Get your $55 Pre-Registration Fee in early. Also plan to attend Demonstrators Dinner on Thursday night at Fran's Place, 1485 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME
Please mail registration form & check to the ABS Store
or click to register through the ABS Store on the website


A $500 Scholarship to an ABS School will be given to a paid participant

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 10:59 PM

I'll be there, as I'll be visiting family in NH then. Can't wait! I really enjoyed it last summer!
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:26 PM

Remember that you can register and pay the $55 fee for the New England Hammer In online through the ABS Store on the website.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 03:34 PM

View PostABS Webmaster, on 25 June 2010 - 09:26 AM, said:

Remember that you can register and pay the $55 fee for the New England Hammer In online through the ABS Store on the website.


Been there and done that. THANKS! Are you going to be there again this year Dan?
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 09:35 PM

Phil:
Best of luck on your JS Performance Test at the New England Hammer In. I am sure that you will do a good job!
Remember that if you have any questions ahead of time that you have many very talented Master Smiths and Journeyman Smiths in the ABS to seek expert advice from.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:47 PM

Cindy Sheely will be handling the onsite registration and ABS store at the New England Hammer-In this year in Auburn, Maine. If you know that there are specific items from the ABS store inventory that you want Cindy to bring to Maine for you please contact her now by sending an email to Cindy.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 07:57 AM

Thanks Dan. At this point I'm just crossing my fingers that I make it there. Sometimes it is just flat out mind boggling how my life can get in the way of itself.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:40 AM

I am really looking foward to this and getting to see everyone. Good to hear Cindy is coming to handle registration, but that probably means we will have to put up with Butch all weekend!! :D Butch and Mace Vitale both there could be trouble... I am sure Dr. Jim will have to keep his thumb on them so they don't stir up trouble.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:32 AM

Trouble? I dont know what your talking about Wiggins.
So, your coming north to get out of the cold? Just remember...theres NO Waffle houses in Maine!(I only wish)
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 03:11 PM

Hey Mace; welcome to the forum!! You must have heard that someone was talking about you. Your ears been burning???

If Ol' Bill gets homesick because there ain't no Waffle Houses In Maine, maybe you can comfort him in another way. I've heard that North Carolina folks like unique whistles. ;)

P.S. Don't let Wiggins stand around any microphones.......
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:31 PM

Maybe I should bring Kevin Cashen along, he seems to be able to keep Bill in his place. Bill may have to eat Maine lobster instead of waffles or should that be crawdads. By the way I thought we had a truce, it seems you started it this time.
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 08:42 AM

Dang...A guy takes a couple days between forum visits and returns to this!!! Mace, just so you know, I had a bacon cheeseburger at waffle house yesterday. Dont know what i was thinking, I should have sent a picture. And Butch, we do have a truce....I was just saying :D And Mr. Culver, guess who has been ask to be auctioneer. Im not real sure why, guess it might be the accent. I am just not sure. But as I proved in San Antonio, I can be dangerous around microphones and speakers!!

I am really hoping to have a good weekend my first time this far north. If I bring everyone a coffee mug from waffle house, can we all be friends?? :D

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 05:10 PM

Bill,
Cindy and I had breakfast at the Waffle House yesterday, didn't realize you could buy coffee mugs. Or do you just borrow them?

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:14 AM

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Bill,
Cindy and I had breakfast at the Waffle House yesterday, didn't realize you could buy coffee mugs. Or do you just borrow them?

Butch

Butch,

No, you can't just buy them. It requires a bit of effort and bartering skills. A Waffle House coffee mug is truly a prized treasure not easily obtained. I have heard of people who would simply carry them out, but that isn't as challenging. And you know me, I never do things the easy way. :D
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 02:10 PM

Bill, Waffle house shwag is always a good thing! I do have a 50 year anniversary mug from WH. I only like to break it out on special occasions...like Ashokan. It's nice to have a special mug while eating your bowl of bacon!
As long as you bring yourself we will be happy!....well...maybe a slice of Mitzie's Praleen pie...:)


On a side note....Dr. Jim has asked me to do a classroom talk.....This will be new for me...anyone have some ideas on what I could talk about. I told him if he put me in front of a forge I would have no problem doing a two hour demo....but he needs something for the classroom. Any ideas would be great!
Thanks guys.
Looking foward to seeing y'all.
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 04:29 PM

Acorn whistles and nest building????

Does it take you two hours to forge a Keychain Of Death???
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 05:41 PM

Hey Mace,

I don't know what kind of stuff they're looking for, or what you're comfortable with, or the average skill-set levels of the attendants and what the skill-set of your intended target audience is....so I'm just shooting off the cuff here with a few ideas (not in any particular order).

  • Edge geometry: flat, convex, hollow, etc. (why and how)
  • Sharpening: the basics with water and oil stones, various sharpening systems, belts, paper wheels, strops, etc
  • Heating and cooling steels: forging temps, normalizing, annealing, spheroidizing, quenching, tempering, etc (specific temperature thresholds, ramps and soaks for various alloys, etc)
  • From apprentice to Journeyman: the beginning; the performance knife and test; the presentation knives and the submission and judging process; life after certification; etc

I'm sure whatever you do will be good!

All the best, Phil
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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:15 PM

Sounds like a lot of fun, I wish I could be there but no such luck. Phil I wish you the best on your performance test, fingers crossed. You all have a good time.
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 09:27 AM

View PostMace Vitale, on 14 July 2010 - 02:10 PM, said:

Bill, Waffle house shwag is always a good thing! I do have a 50 year anniversary mug from WH. I only like to break it out on special occasions...like Ashokan. It's nice to have a special mug while eating your bowl of bacon!
As long as you bring yourself we will be happy!....well...maybe a slice of Mitzie's Praleen pie...:)


On a side note....Dr. Jim has asked me to do a classroom talk.....This will be new for me...anyone have some ideas on what I could talk about. I told him if he put me in front of a forge I would have no problem doing a two hour demo....but he needs something for the classroom. Any ideas would be great!
Thanks guys.
Looking foward to seeing y'all.
Mace



Mace, you might touch on design. Its not something that gets talked about alot, but something that is always good, IMO.

A 50 yr anniversary mug from WH.....i am impressed!!!
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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:55 PM

View PostBrionTomberlin, on 14 July 2010 - 04:15 PM, said:

Phil I wish you the best on your performance test, fingers crossed.


Thanks Brion, although I'm not going to get it done for this time. Maybe next summer's trip. All the best, Phil
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