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Old 07-21-2006, 12:57 AM
joshsmith joshsmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
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1st Big Sky Country Hammer In

I will be hosting the first American Bladesmith Society Hammer In in Montana. Below are the detailYou are invited to attend the

1st Big Sky Country Hammer In and Knife Show

September 30-October 1 2006

Hosted by Josh and Jodi Smith
in conjunction with the
American Bladesmith Society, Inc.

Demonstrators: Hank Knickmeyer, of St. Louis Missouri, will be focusing on the process of forging damascus steel including basic layout, design, and complex mosaics. Hank will also teach how he forge welds edge wraps on damascus billets to create fine composite damascus blades.

Tim Hancock, of Scottsdale Arizona, will demonstrate blade grinding techniques, guard and handle fitting, hand finishing techniques, and a sheath tip and throat seminar. Tim is an expert in creating repeatable accurate techniques to produce outstanding fit and finishes.

Schedule: Saturday September 30th:
8-12 a.m. Damascus forging and knife making demonstrations.
12-1 p.m. Catered lunch
1-5 p.m. Damascus forging and knife making demonstrations.
3-5 p.m. Knife show open to public. Tables will be set up in a tent. The public is welcome to watch demos during the two hour time slot.
6:00 p.m. Dinner at King Ranch Golf Course

Sunday October 1st
8-12 a.m. Sheath tip and throat demo and knife making demos.

A forge and anvil will be set up to allow beginners to hand forge a blade under the instruction of an experienced maker.
Lunch: On Saturday, a catered lunch will be served at the hammer in. It will include a chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, and dessert.

Dinner: Dinner will be held at King Ranch Golf Course in Frenchtown. Dinner will offer a choice of prime rib, shrimp, or chicken including side dishes and dessert. Lunch and dinner are included in the price of the hammer in.

Show: Saturday a show will be held in which the public is invited to attend. Please bring some of your work to show. A local newspaper is covering the event.

Numerous master smiths will be in attendance
Registered tail gate sales are welcome
Table Fee included in registration fee
Lunch and dinner included in fee
September can be cool in Montana so bring clothes to dress accordingly. Bring proper safety supplies including leather gloves,safety glasses, and ear plugs.

Location: Josh and Jodi Smith residence
19495 Serenity Way
Frechtown, Montana 59834

Phone: (406) 626- 5775- For any questions or concerns please contact Josh Smith at this number.


Directions: Frenchtown is located 15 miles west of Missoula along interstate 90. On Interstate 90 take the Frechtown exit. Turn south toward town and come to stop sign in center of town. Take right on Beckwith. Follow Beckwith about 1 mile to stop sign at Mullan rd. Take right on Mullan, go one mile and take left on Erskine Fishing Access. Go ? mile and turn left on Serenity Way. Follow to the end of the road.

Accommodations: Make reservations immediately. Limited rooms available due to a college football game.

Wingate Inn- 866-832-8000 special rate of: 92.65 ask for ABS hammer inn special- shuttle to hammer inn available each morning and evening

C?mon Inn- 888-989-5569 Ask for special hammer in rates: 99.99 2 queens, 94.99 1 queen

Comfort Inn-406-542-0888 Ask for American Bladesmith Society, Reserve Street
Holiday Inn Express- 406-549-7600 99+tax Reserve Street
Hilton Garden Inn Missoula- 406-532-5300 Reserve Street
Microtel Inn and Suites- 543-0959 Reserve Street
Courtyard by Marriot- 406-549-5260 Reserve Street
Best Western Grant Creek- 543-0700 Reserve Street
Days Inn Missoula-406-721-9776 Reserve Street
Motel 6- 406-549-6665 Reserve Street
Super 8 Motel- 406-549-1199 Reserve Street
Campers and tents are welcome at the hammer in site. No hook ups or showers are available.

Air Travel: Missoula International Airport is 15 minutes from Frenchtown.
Spokane International Airport is 2 ? hrs from Frenchtown.

Attractions: Glacier National Park- 3hr. drive
Yellowstone National Park- 3 hr. drive
The Clark Fork River is a 10 minute walk from the hammer in that provides excellent trout fishing.
There are seven golf courses with in 30 minutes of the hammer in location.

Fee: Please get your $135 fee in early.
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