Classes in November at Arkansas Craft School

Jim Crowell will teach “Bladesmithing” November 3rd-5th

Jim Crowell

Bob Patrick will teach “Blacksmithing” November 3rd-5th

Bob Patrick

Kip Powers will teach “Wood Turned Stocking Stuffers” November 3rd-5th

Kip Powers

Blacksmithing – a full body & mind experience.
This workshop covers all the fundamentals with instruction in fire management and basic forging techniques with anvil, hammer, tongs and other tools using solid fuel forges. There will be plenty of one-on-one time at Bob Patricks home studio. This workshop is open to all levels, but be aware that becoming a skilled blacksmith requires many years of hard work and learning. Minimum age is 18, unless over 16 and accompanied by a parent.

Learn how to forge a blade – forge a hunting knife type blade using a gas fired forge . This class will teach and familiarize you with the types of steel that are used for forging blades, the proper heat/temperature, how to prepare for rough grinding and heat treating. 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.

Create beautiful wood turned gifts on the lathe – Just in time for the holidays, students of all levels can learn to create small items on the wood lathe. ornaments, pendants, mason jar covers and other wooden items suitable for giving or for the home. This class will focus on small scale wood turning and is suitable for beginners and experienced turners alike.

Bob Patrick is a master Blacksmith. He graduated from the Midwest Ferrier School, was Head Blacksmith at Hale Farm and Village, opened Big Anvil Forge, and established Big Anvil Forge School of Blacksmithing. He was three times selected Master Blacksmith for the State of Missouri and is a founding member of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM). He presented demonstrations at the Frontier Folklife Festivals, 3 ABANA conferences, CanIron, and he taught at John C. Campbell and Ozark School of Blacksmithing. Bob Patrick lives and works in the beautiful rural area of Everton, AR. The nearest motels and food are 15-25 miles away. So he offers the rare chance to not only work in his personal studio, but to stay in his home. Bob’s wife, Mary, is also an artist and her mosaics cover the exterior walls of their house, creating a magical environment.

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!

A retired research chemist with a PhD from Georgia Tech, Kip is co-founder of the Stateline Woodturners. Kip has won numerous awards in competitions sponsored by the Gulf Coast Woodturners, the Stateline Woodturners (chapters of the American Association of Woodturners), the Beaumont Texas Art League, and the Artists of Northwest Arkansas. He received two Awards of Merit at Greater St. Louis Art Association shows. Kip’s work is exhibited and sold in galleries, and he has been a juried member of the Arkansas Craft Guild since 2001. An active demonstrator and teacher, he’s presented at his local chapter and at the Jones Center in Springdale, the Eureka Springs School of Art and at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View.

Arkansas Craft School | P.O. Box 2694, 110 E Main Street, Mountain View, AR 72560



Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.