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Youth Program

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by larry harley, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. larry harley

    larry harley Well-Known Member

    5th Annual Youth Hammer In

    June 28, 29, and 30, 2013

    Offered by the American Bladesmith Society, Inc.
    Hosted by Smoky Mountain Knife Works
    Youth Hammer In -group photo

    For an event preview
    ABS YouTube Channel, CLICK: ABS Youth Hammer-In video

    Young participants will again have an opportunity to forge their own blades in 2013. During the June 28, 29, and 30, 2013 weekend. One-on-one instruction under the direction of an experienced American Bladesmith Society Master Smith, Journeyman Smith, or Apprentice Smith will again be offered at this year's Smoky Mountain Youth Hammer-In at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Sevierville, TN.

    It will be open to participants between the ages of 9 and 18, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and will feature hands-on forging and finish work.

    Smoky Mountain Knife Works
    2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway
    Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

    Directions: Google Maps

    Pre-Registration: Register and pay the $65 registration fee in the ABS Store at Event Registration
    or Contact Cindy Sheely at cindy@americanbladesmith.com or 419-832-0400
    Registration will also be conducted at the Hammer In on Friday

    For event Information:
    Contact Houston Price by telephone (865) 397-0053 or Email choustonprice@att.net

    Safety Equipment:
    Your safety is important. Please wear leather shoes or work boots ( no tennis shoes), cotton shirts, and long cotton pants, work apron, and leather work gloves that fit your hands. We will provide safety glasses. Feel free to bring your favorite hammer and tongs.

    Registration Application and Waiver Form:
    To Download, Click: Youth Hammer-In and Waiver Form.pdf

    Friday, June 28, 2013
    Participants Registration and Bladesmith Instructors arrive and set up forging equipment
    By mid to late afternoon and some forging will begin

    Saturday, June 29, 2013
    8:30 AM - Welcome, Safety Talk, Knife Nomenclature and Design Chalk Talk
    9:00 AM - Forging Demo, Pairing of students with instructors, Begin the Individual Instructions On The Anvil under close supervision
    12:00 PM - Lunch
    1:00 PM - Forging Demo, Individual Instructions On The Anvil --- Continue throughout the day
    3:00 PM - Demo Hand Finishing Techniques
    5:00 PM - Fires out
    6:00 PM - Dinner

    Sunday, June 30, 2013
    8:00 AM - Devotional Service
    9:00 AM - Chalk Talk on Handles and Guards, Individual Instructions On The Anvil ---Continue throughout the day
    10:00 AM - Heat Treating Demo
    12:00 PM - Lunch
    2:00 PM - Fires out and load up equipment
    Wrap-up question time and presentations of certificates.
  2. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    Larry, I'm going to move this to the NFW forum and leave the redirect up for awhile.
  3. larry harley

    larry harley Well-Known Member


    i didnt know where to put it
    the best thing the ABS does w its time and money
    and besides French Camp Academy, the most rewarding thing ive done my whole career
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    We've let folks know about the Youth Hammer-In info the past couple of years so they could get their kids to join in.

    It is a great program, BUT be sure you understand it can get very hot with the normal temps and with 8-10 gas forges roaring (Larry, I think if we face the forges outward we'll be able to keep the heat down a bit).
  5. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    No problem Larry. I spent a few years in the Tennessee Guard right there in Bristol, so I know how you guys are.

  6. larry harley

    larry harley Well-Known Member


    lol oops u caught me!!:)

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