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Old 07-11-2021, 03:37 PM
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Remember Bowie's Hammer-in? We may resurrect it...

Long time no post (Howdy Tai, Dana, etc!), but I felt this merited doing so .

My local guild meeting was today, and as it was too hot to do any forging we were just talking. Someone started lamenting that Ron Claiborne's annual knifemaking hammer-in is no more, as is Ron, for that matter. Someone suggested that we, the State of Franklin Blacksmith's Guild, host a similar event.


Question: If we do this, it will be at Rocky Mount State Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee. Would you attend? Assuming we can get the usual suspects rounded up (Burt Foster, Bill Wiggins, Fuad Accawi, Stephen Fowler, Lynn Landrum, Mark Zelasky, Wes Byrd, Richard Williams, etc., plus some new faces), get some vendors, maybe a hammer and press and grinders, and do a long weekend, primitive camping available on-site, and I might be talked into doing a smelt.


We're thinking sometime next spring or next fall. Lots of family-friendly activities close by, lots of outdoorsy stuff, good restaurants (lots better than near Bowie's!)


Any interest? It will be either free or very low admission. Lots of good stuff in Iron in the Hat. Let me know here, please.
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Old 07-12-2021, 10:01 PM
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Doing a smelt? WOW - that should bring folks in. I KNOW if I still lived in northern Alabama I'd be there for sure. A VERY LONG drive from Gulf Coast.
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Old 07-13-2021, 09:31 AM
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Good to hear from you, Allan.

It's a bit far for me, but I'd probably go if I lived close. It sounds like a fun time.


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Old 07-14-2021, 02:31 PM
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Yeah, it's a far piece from your place, Tai! And we don't have the funds to fly you in like Harley did that time. I still have pics of your floggin' hammer!

A smelt is possible if there is enough interest AND if the facility agrees. I have a bunch of high-phosphorus ore I've been wanting to run for a long time... but if we do it it'll most likely be with the stuff we're familiar with, since it's no fun to fail in public!
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Old 07-15-2021, 08:36 AM
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My son and I would attend if my schedule allowed.
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