2018 Course Information: Knife Making
This popular 3-day class is held in the artist’s own private workspace near Timbo, AR located about 15 miles west of Mountain View’s town square in rural Stone County. Here students will be able to observe and participate in a working, professional knife-making studio. The class covers how to make a simple stock removal knife by cutting out a full tang blade, rough grinding, basic heat treating and basic handle construction. Students will be provided all the necessary materials and will leave the class with a simple, serviceable knife of their own manufacture. Design, materials, tools and equipment will be discussed. This workshop 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!