2018 Course Information: Bladesmithing
This class will address how to forge a blade as opposed to grinding one from bar stock. We will be using a gas fired forge and be forging hunting knife type blades. This class is designed to teach and familiarize the student with the types of steels that are used for forging blades, the proper heat/temperature, how to prepare for rough grinding and heat treating. If there is time we can rough grind the blades. This class will be taught in Crowell’s professional knife making studio west of Mountain View, near Timbo. Design, materials, tools and equipment will be discussed. This class is open to all levels.
Students are encouraged to bring or wear leather shoes, leather palm work gloves, a leather apron, safety glasses and dust mask/respirator. All but the shoes can be provided and shared, if preferred.
09:00 am-04:00 pm
Arkansas Craft School
101 North Peabody Ave. Mountain View, AR 72560
James Crowell began making knives in Mt. View, AR in 1980 and is a past Ozark Folk Center State Park Resident Blacksmith and Knife maker. He earned the distinction of Master Bladesmith from the American Bladesmith Society in 1986 and was certified as the first, non-founding father, Instructor for the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) that same year. Jim is a long time faculty member of The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing at Texarkana College and teaches all over the country at seminars and 'Hammer-Ins'. He has won many awards including the first American Bladesmith Society Bill Moran Knife of the Year, the Blade Magazine Best Forged Knife and was the winner of numerous American Bladesmith Society Cutting Competitions. Jim has demonstrated at many symposiums and Hammer-Ins including the Scagle in Michigan, Batson Bladesmith Symposium in Alabama and the Haywood College in NC. He was the featured demonstrator for the North Texas Blacksmiths Association April 2010. He has made knives for people all over the world. Jim was recently inducted into the ABS Hall of Fame!