April 10-11, 2021

Offered by the American Bladesmith Society, Inc.
Hosted by Texarkana College, Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing

Texarkana School of Bladesmithing

Journeyman and Master Smith Testing will be held during this Hammer-In. 
Saturday the 10th of April at 7 am Journeyman Smith testing will begin, Mike Williams, head judge.
Sunday morning April 11th at 7 am, Greg Neely will head up the Master Smith testing

Click here for complete details on the April testing, read Steve Dunn’s announcement!

The Spring Piney Woods Hammer-in, at the W. F. Moran School of Bladesmithing in Washington, Arkansas, is an event that every bladesmith, from the rankest beginner to the experienced Master Smith, should mark on his calendar. For one thing, the timing is just right for those smiths planning to test for either a JS or an MS at Atlanta in June to bring their test knives and have an experienced judge look them over and critique them. Everyone of the demonstrators for this hammer-in is an experienced judge who has served on a review panel at either San Antonio or Atlanta within the recent past.


Saturday, April 10, 2021

7-8 am         

Journeyman Smith Judging with Mike Williams

8:30-9 am     

Welcome and Introductions

9-10:30 am   

Blade Forging – Jim Crowell
Handles and Guards – James Rodebaugh
Forging Hammer Styles – Brion Tomberlin


Ribbon Forge Construction – Don McIntosh
Pin Work & Tooling – Greg Neely
Damascus – Bill Wiggins

12-1:00 pm     


1-2:30 pm     

Blade Grinding – Jim Crowell
Dovetailed Handles – Mike Williams
Folder Design – Steve Dunn

2:30-4 pm     


Forged Tomahawk – Butch Sheely
MS and JS Standards – Neely & Williams
Hand Finishing Blades – Tim Potier

4-5 pm         

Auction – Please bring things to donate

There will be a drawing for a custom knife at the Auction. All paid attendees are eligible.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

8:30 am

Master Smith Judging

10 am

Advanced Damascus patterns – Jams Rodebaugh
Blade Geometry & Sharpening – Brion Tomberlin
Heat Treating – Tim Portier

11 am

Round Table Discussion – Instructors

12 noon

Award Ceremony and Closing

Pre Register Here

This ABS YouTube Channel video was filmed at 2014 Spring Piney Woods Hammer-In.

2500 North Robison Rd., Texarkana, TX 75599
For more Information Contact:
Mike Williams, Piney Woods Hammer-In Director, at (580) 420-3051 for more information or email hforge@pine-net.com
Registration Fee: $60
Click on the Pre Register button above or contact Cindy Sheely, ABS Store Manager at cindy@americanbladesmith.com or (419) 832-0400


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