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Final Schedule And Highlights Of New England Hammer-In Auburn, Maine - July 15 -17, 2011

#1 User is offline   Dan Cassidy 

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:36 AM

Final Schedule for New England Hammer-In


I just received the Final Schedule for the New England Hammer-In which is set for July 15 - 17, 2011 at the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, Maine. This is the detailed hourly schedule that is usually available on the first day of the event but Chairman Jim Batson wanted the participants to have an opportunity to see it in advance so you can better plan your personal schedule at the Hammer-In. I can certainly see why because there is an outstanding line up of instructors with new and informative demonstrations.

Jim Batson said that he is looking forward to seeing you at this years' New England Hammer-In.

I have attached a copy of the Final Schedule as PDF file download so you can easily open and print it.

Attached File  New England 2011 SITE SCHEDULE FINAL.pdf (67.14K)
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:34 PM

Hey Dan,
The line-up looks great! as far as my demos are concerned, it would be great if participants brought by drawings or actual blades they're working on for the blade design slot and finishing and filework portions as well. This way I'll be able to give real-time and concrete suggestions to everyone. It wouldn't hurt for people to bring their own files and tools as well; that way they'll be able to try some things while I'm there to lend a hand.
It's going to be a Great Weekend for bladesmiths!!See you all there!
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:36 PM

J.D.

Thank you! You have a great idea for the participants to bring drawings, knives, and tools to your demonstrations. This is a new approach that I believe will help the participants to learn even more during your presentation.

This is going to be a great weekend!



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Posted 09 July 2011 - 07:15 PM

View PostJD Smith, on 08 July 2011 - 10:34 AM, said:

Hey Dan,
The line-up looks great! as far as my demos are concerned, it would be great if participants brought by drawings or actual blades they're working on for the blade design slot and finishing and filework portions as well. This way I'll be able to give real-time and concrete suggestions to everyone. It wouldn't hurt for people to bring their own files and tools as well; that way they'll be able to try some things while I'm there to lend a hand.
It's going to be a Great Weekend for bladesmiths!!See you all there!
j.d


Hey J.D. -- Will we be able to try a little grinding under your expert tutelage in your Sunday morning grinding session? :D Now that would be waaaay coooool! I'm sure whatever you will be doing will be GREAT! See you there! -- Phil
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:08 PM

Dan, thanks for starting this post for us, your dedication is unbelievable. As it states I will be doing a Tomahawk demo again. Many of the guys saw it after hours last year but I hope to hold their interest again. I like J.D.’s idea of bringing along their work. Possibly some gave tomahawks a try after the demo last year and may have some specific questions this year and hopefully I will be able to be helpful if anyone had problems. Making hawks is a great way to practice or hone your welding skills. I have a hands on session on Friday afternoon; I look forward to this opportunity to watch as participants enjoy forming their blades, you have to watch me though, Cindy says I take the hammer from my student to do it myself too often. As for me, I see I have some time available to see Lin Rhea’s demo and I plan to come away with a great deal more knowledge, I will even have time for J.D.’s grinding session on Sunday, this will be great. Cindy and I will see everyone in Maine on Thursday. I hope everyone has safe travels.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:45 PM

Butch, I plan on taking advantage of your open forge session. You're welcome to swing my hammer anytime so long as you show me some cool stuff! I'm going to make sure to see Lin's forging and J.D.'s grinding demos too. You're right, this will be GREAT!
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:53 PM

Hi Phil

Glad to see you were able to make the trip across the pond to attend the school.
You will enjoy the class. There is alot to absorb in a short time frame.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:04 PM

Sorry it took me so long to reply.

I look forward to this week. I intend to do my best to show how I would make a JS test knife. We will discuss different heat sources, such as the coal and gas forges as well as using the O/A torch. I also want to compare the way we would differentially heat treat for the test to the way we might heat treat for the real world usage. Everyone be sure and read over the rules for the JS performace test so we can all have it in mind. It should be fun. :) Lin
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:36 PM

Butch and Lin:

Thank you for telling everyone about your demonstrations at the upcoming New England Hammer-In. I have attended classes by each of you and the students are in for an outstanding learning experience. We have a record number of pre-registrations so I can see the anticipation building! It will be a great Hammer-In! Phil is coming all the way from Hawaii to attend and is really looking forward to your demonstrations and some hands on experience.

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 09:40 AM

It's going to be a great symposium.

A big thanks to all of you knifemakers making this possible. We are doing everything that we can to make this the most fun, smoothest running exibition yet. The weather should be great too!

Looking forward to see you all,

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 01:45 PM

Hi All,
I am very much looking foward to seeing you up in New England!
I think it would be a great idea for anyone attending my talk to bring knives they have been working on so we can go over any issues you might be having or if you would like your knives critiqued. There will be 2 master smiths on site that gave me great advice ten years ago...maybe we can get them to crush your soul as well!
(just kidding!....only one of them crushed my soul....and I'm a better maker for it!)
J.D. and I will be running the auction this year so please bring some items for us to sell! Anything is welcome and does not have to be knife related.
Can't wait to see old friends...and make some new ones!
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Posted 11 July 2011 - 06:58 PM

Dont forget to bring a camp knife or bowie to use in the cutting demo. I'll have mine and hope to get in on the fun too. It needs a lanyard and a visible pin. Check the rules to be sure. It's been a heat index of 110 this week, so I will enjoy a break being up there. I'm getting pumped up.
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 08:39 PM

The New England Hammer-In started this morning with some great bladesmithing classes. One of the highlights is the Cutting Demonstration.

In the ABS YouTube Channel video clip below ABS Journeyman Smith Mace Vitale chops a 2x4 in half with his forged blade during the cutting demonstration at the ABS New England Hammer-In today in Auburn, Maine at the New England School of Metalwork. Master Smith Lin Rhea took the video on his IPHONE.


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Posted 17 July 2011 - 03:45 AM

Mace and the other contestants sure had their work cut out for them on the 2x4 challenge. The board was clamped such that it and the 2x6 backer was suspended over air. That had an interesting effect on the "solidity" of the material. In other words, they sure earned their chop times!

We're having lots of fun...and learning lots of stuff!
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 01:20 PM

ABS Journeyman Smith Butch Sheely demonstrated techniques for forging a tomahawk at the ABS New England Hammer-In held on July 15-17, 2011 in Auburn, Maine at the New England School of Metalwork. The video clip is posted on the ABS YouTube Channel and can also be viewed below:


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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:23 PM

I caught a candid shot of two beefy participants(Mace Vitale & Dave "Banana Hands" Sylvester) for the cutting competition as they brandished their awesome cutting machines!!

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 07:10 PM

Ayup, great time had by all! If I don't have my gosh darn performance test knife ready for next summer's hammer-in I'm walking the 2.5 hour drive from my folks' in NH to the hammer-in in Auburn Maine. (Please don't quote me on that. :o)

BTW, you ain't seen funny until you watch a bunch of muscle heads go from manic chopping to attempting to do delicate little lunge-thrust-jab fencing maneuvers with the tips of their choppers in an effort to pierce a small apricot sized water balloon hanging from a sting. It was HILARIOUS! :P
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:52 PM

Here is video of the cutting competition, I got almost all of the cuts. I apologize if I spelled anyone's name wrong. Enjoy

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 06:27 PM

Thanks for posting that Barbara! It was almost as much fun seeing it again as it was the first time, especially that darn water balloon thrust-jab maneuver! :P :P :P
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 08:50 PM

Definitely, thank you for posting this Barbara. That water balloon stab was great. I especially love the contestants hip action, too funny.

Thank you again.

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