Classes in November at Arkansas Craft School
Jim Crowell will teach “Bladesmithing” November 3rd-5th
Bob Patrick will teach “Blacksmithing” November 3rd-5th
Kip Powers will teach “Wood Turned Stocking Stuffers” November 3rd-5th
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.
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