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Fall Piney Woods Hammer-In Washington, Arkansas - September 17 - 18, 2011

#1 User is offline   Dan Cassidy 

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 07:06 AM

Fall Piney Woods Hammer In


September 17 and 18, 2011



Offered by the American Bladesmith Society, Inc.
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Location:

William F. "Bill" Moran, Jr School of Bladesmithing

Texarkana College

Washington, Arkansas


Directions: Google Maps


Information:

Contact B.R. Hughes at (903) 824-6588 or Email billrhughes@cableone.net


Registration:

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

or contact Cindy Sheely, ABS Office Manager at store@americanbladesmith.com or (419) 832-0400


Demonstrators:


Ron Newton, MS....................Advanced Damascus and Folding Knives

Mike Williams, MS..................Handles and Guards and ABS Judging Standards

J.R. Cook, MS..........................Basic Forging and Sound Hunter Design

BR Hughes, Founder...............ABS Judging Standards and Auction

Dr. Jim Batson, MS..................Bowie Basics and Basic Heat Treating


Accommodations:

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

Super 8 Motel, I-30 and Hwy 278, Hope, AR (870) 777-8601

Relax Inn, 2504 N. Hazel, Hope, AR (870) 777-0777

Days Inn, 16600 N. Hervey, Hope, AR (870) 777-0777


Schedule of Events:


Saturday, September 17

8am - 12 noon Blade Forging and Demonstrations

1 - 3pm Knife Show - Open to the Public

4:30pm Auction - Open to the Public

Sunday, September 18

8am - 12 noon Blade Forging and Demonstrations

1pm Cutting Demonstartion - Open to the Public

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:34 PM

The Final Schedule of Events for the Fall Piney Woods Hammer-In was just released:


FALL 2011 PINEY WOODS HAMMER-IN
Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 17


7:00 Registration - Porch

8:00 – 10:00 Basic Forging - J. R. Cook - Shop

Damascus Steel - Ron Newton - Classroom

10:00 – 12:00 Basic Heat Treating - Dr. James Batson - Shop

Handles & Guards - Mike Williams - Classroom

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – On your own

1:00 – 3:00 Grinding and Polishing - J. R. Cook - Shop

Folding Knives - Ron Newton - Classroom

3:30 – 4:30 Knife Show* - Gym

4:30 – 5:30 Auction** - Col. B. R. Hughes - Gym

5:30 Dinner ($12 per plate) - Gym



Sunday, September 18

8:00 – 10:00 ABS Judging - Hughes/Williams - Classroom

Sound Knife Design - Cook - Tent

10:00 – 12:00 Basic Bowies - Dr. Batson - Tent

Gun-Knife Combinations - Newton - Classroom

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – On your own

1:00 Cutting Demonstration*** - Cook/Williams - Yard



*Knife Show: Table fee included in registration

**Auction donations encouraged

***Bring a knife 15” maximum overall length, 10” maximum length blade, pinned handle with wrist lanyard.


Schedule subject to change

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#3 User is offline   Kyle Royer 

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 09:09 PM

Boy O boy, this looks like a great get together. If I didn't have knives to build for multiple shows I'd be there for sure. We'll see...
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Posted 01 September 2011 - 06:02 AM

Kyle,
This'll be your chance to whoop an ol man in the cutting competition. Sharpen up one o those old rusty blades you got layin around and come on down. I bet this one will be a fun one. I know of several that'll be cutting so you need to be there.
Anybody else going to cut? Dont make me shame you into it. You know you want to.
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Posted 01 September 2011 - 07:40 AM

A quick word about my demos at the Piney Woods hammer-in:
Saturday morning we'll gather in the classroom for the sharing of advanced damascus steel recipes,how they are made,and the dies and fixtures used to create them. If you are already making damascus but want to expand your knowlege of damascus patterns then this is the class for you. Saturday afternoon I'll be disassembling and showing the mechanics of a completed lockback folder with a positve stop which is a feature most lockback folders don't have. I'll also be sharing various techniques and tricks of the process I use in making this style knife including fit-up of the lock which is the most important step of building this folder.

If combination gun knives interest you then join us in the classroom Sunday morning. I have built 12 different cut and shoot type combination gun knives with percussion and flint lock mechanisms and will share knowlege, video and photos of these unique knife guns. These weapons have been built and documented since the 1300's with a fascination for them among collectors and knifemakers alike.

I look forward to seeing you at the hammer-in.
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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:11 AM

Ron; your demo sounds like something to get the juices flowing. I may have to kick somebody out of the way Sun. morning.

As for myself; at 10 Sat. morning I will be doing "Handles and Guards" in the classroom. I will go into how I go about it but I think we will spend most of the time doing a question and answer type discussion. In this manner I hope that we can address the specific questions that will help you.
If any of you out there want to go into anything specific; post it up and I will try to be prepared.
Sun. morning at 8 the illustrious B.R. Hughes and myself will present "Judging Standards". This program is directed towards those makers who are working toward a js or MS rating stamp in the ABS. This is a demo that is done at just about every hammer-in. It is almost essential to stamp applicants in that it will save you from making a simple error that requires you to start over on a knife.
It is also very informative to anyone interested in collecting knives; it will give some very good insights into the things that take a knife up to that next level in workmanship.
Sun. at 1 J R Cook and I will be presenting the cutting event. Bring your pointy thing and do it!!!! Your knife must have a pinned handle or a thru bolt and a lanyard attached securely. You will find out a lot about how well your knife handles and cuts. Also; things like handle design and blade geometry will be very obvious if something needs adjusting. This will be really laid back and a lot of fun; you new guys need to bring a knife.
J R has been putting his twisted brain to work; ya'll will like this!!!!
We are going to do something new at this and the future hammer-ins in Old Washington. At each Hammer-in; a smith is going to build a knife to be given to one of the payed attendees. All of the guys and girls who attend will have their name in a hat and we will draw a lucky one. Probably be drawing at the dinner on Sat. eve.
You must be present to win.
One of my Quachita Hunters will start the ball rolling for this falls drawing. Next spring will be a J.R. Cook knife. Roger Massey will do the knife for next fall.
Folks; here is a grand opportunity to have a chance at some great knives. Somewhere down the road a collection of these knives could be worth some serious change.

see you at Old Washington
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:40 AM

So I have a twisted brain do I Mike Williams ? We’ll see. Man I would like to get in that Damascus class with Ron. That guy can make some nice steel. I will be out there forging blades in the shop first thing Saturday. Then after lunch will be grinding. Then in the afternoon I will be finish sanding and polishing. That Jim Batson works me like a dog!
You guys load up and come to the hammer=in and see Jim crack the whip.
See ya there.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:22 PM

I just talked to B.R. Hughes today and he is very enthusiastic about the Fall Piney Woods Hammer-In and wanted to personally reply to this Topic. BR is having some problems with his computer and asked that I post a reply for him that we discussed over the telephone. I will do my best.

Our Founder B.R. Hughes wanted you to know that he has only missed one of the ABS Piney Woods Hammer Ins at the W.F. Moran School of Bladesmithing since 1984. He is very excited about the demonstrations that will be presented at this Hammer-in by Master Smiths Ron Newton, Mike Williams, J.R. Cook, and Jim Batson which will include topics and techniques for both advanced and beginning bladesmiths. He wanted me to remind you that historic Washington, Arkansas is the site where Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Penn Warren credits James Black with forging the Bowie knife for James Bowie in 1830-1831.

B.R. Hughes said: “This Hammer In is the Grand Daddy of them all and you don’t want to miss this one”.


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Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:26 PM


Al Lawrence (Uncle Al) of Riverside Machine in DeQueen, Arkansas told me today that he is looking forward to and will be at the Fall Piney Woods Hammer-In. Al will be set up will a large selection of quality knife making supplies. This is a good opportunity to buy supplies and save the shipping costs.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:55 AM

Kenny Rowe is going to be there too!
Not only to get set-ups on sheaths for the knives we have ready; but to also answer any questions you have on doing your own leather work.
Kenny furnishes sheaths for lots and lots of custom knife makers and doesn't mind showing you how it is done.
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 11:18 AM

It looks like I'll be able to make it for Saturday afternoon and Sunday! :) So I'll see you all then! I better get my new competition knife finished in time. :)
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:54 PM

It looks like a great weekend. I wish I could be there, but that is the way it goes. I am real curious as to what Mike and J.R. have dreamed up for the cutting demo.
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Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:40 PM

Brion;
We will miss seeing your petite figure at Old Washington! I was really wanting to show you my latest project; you'll just have to settle for a photo.
see ya down the road. If the road doesn't blow away in dust!
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:38 PM

Thanks Mike. Petite figure?? yeah right. Petite maybe for a sasquatch. I was looking forward to seeing the war club, but a picture will do.
Dust? What dust? Even that has dried up. You all have fun, it looks like you may have some nicer weather for the weekend.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:31 AM

Were gonna miss you this weekend Too Tall.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 04:42 PM

I just heard from BR Hughes who said that this weekend's Fall Piney Woods Hammer-In was one of the most sucessful and well attended Piney Woods events since they started in 1984. BR said that the presentations by the demonstrators, Ron Newton, JR Cook, Mike Williams, and Jim Batson were outstanding.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:19 PM

Great that is good to hear Dan. Wish I could have been there.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:48 PM

I had something come up last minute and I wasn't able to go. It looks like everyone had a great time though!
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Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:22 PM

Congratulations to Chris Montgomery for winning the cutting demonstration! There should be some photos soon.

Mike Williams and Cookie really had to put on their thinkin cap for this one.
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