ABS Youth Hammer-In


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hso
June 18, 2008, 09:11 AM
Sorry I didn't mention this earlier.

The American Bladesmith Society Youth Hammer-in is this weekend in Seviereville, TN. Larry Harley and Wes Byrde have been teaching groups of kids 9-16 to heat and beat steel into interesting, attractive and useful shapes for a few years. This year's event is at Smokey Mountain Knife Works. It nominally starts on Friday, but things "heat up" starting at 0800 Saturday.

It is one of the few opportunities for young people to be introduced to and learn basic forging and hammering techniques any more.

If anyone wants to drop in and cheer the kids on, or donate to the ABS Youth Program, feel free to look for the tent set up in the SMKW lower parking lot. Just follow the ring of the anvil if you're not sure of where to go.

Michaela wants to make a pair of Sai this year to use in her Shaolin classes.:D

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sm
June 18, 2008, 08:46 PM
This so neat!

Be sure to take pictures again, I really enjoyed reading and seeing the pics of the last one you shared.

Hammer out a neat "steel" to go with a neat "flint & steel" for making fire.

Brian Dale
June 22, 2008, 02:50 AM
That sounds great...how was it? Lots of kids?

hso
June 22, 2008, 07:22 AM
Michaela 80% completed a knife with an interesting pattern that the previous president of the ABS thought was innovative and practical. Many of the girls did much more interesting pieces than the boys.

We'll see what she does today (after I get her pried out of the bed).

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