ATTEND

 

 The Twenty-first Annual

 

Batson Bladesmithing Symposium, Knife Show & Rendezvous

 

On April 3-5, 2009

 

At

 

TANNEHILL IRONWORKS at Exit 100 off I-20, 11 miles West of Bessemer, Alabama

 

The On-Site Registration fee is $65 per person.

The Pre-Registration Fee received by 30 March is $55 per person.

 

Please pre-register.  Send your name, address, and phone number with registration fee and how many people that will attend the Demonstrators Dinner on Thursday evening to Judd Clem, 111 Yorkshire Dr, Athens, AL 35613,

or contact  by phone 256/232-2645, or by e-mail ajc665@peoplepc.com.

Your Park fee is paid by the Alabama Forge Council.

 

 The featured Demonstrators will be Master Bladesmiths; Dan Petersen from Auburn, Kansas,  Tim Hancock from Scottsdale, Arizona and James Rodebaugh from Carpenter, Wyoming.

Cousin William White from Morgantown, Kentucky will be the

featured demonstrator of Early American hand made knives

 

Old Timey Rendezvous Area with  period dress, tents, trade blankets, demos, etc

Contact Billy Watson, 334/365-1482, or Jim Batson, 256/971-6860, for details.

 

Adult & Youth Hands-On Forging Sites for Boy Scouts and other youths.

We should have the best Knife Show ever.  Your table fee is free to paid participants.

Bring your best knife for the Cutting Contest and a knife for the

Railroad Spike Knife Contest.

 

There will be Knife Suppliers, Tail Gate Sales and Tool Venders

 

Bring items for the Auction .

 

 

FEATURING

 

DAMASCUS STEEL ----------------------JAMES RODEBAUGH

BLADE FORGING & KNIFE DESIGN-------------------DAN PETERSEN

HANDLES, GUARDS & BLADE GRINDING-----------------------TIM HANCOCK

FORGING BUCKSKINNER'S  KNIVES------------------------------------- WILLIAM WHITE

LOCK BACK FOLDERS----------------------------------------------ALEX DANIELS

HEAT TREATING & FILEWORK-----------------------JOSEPH KEESLAR

HAMMER & GRAVER  ENGRAVING--------------BILLY  BATES

  LINER LOCK FOLDERS----------------MELVIN PARDUE

 ABS  KNIFE JUDGING  --------------B R HUGHES

AUCTION----------- COLONELS TIM RYAN

SURPRISE---------------------------STEVE SCHWARZER

SELF PROMOTION & MARKETING---------CAROLYN HUGHES

SILVER WIRE INLAY------------------------------------RON “BOWIE” CLAIBORNE

HANDS-ON BLADESMITHING ----------HARRY BROCK, DALE  HUCKABEE  & GLYNN HOLMES

CUTTING COMPETITION-----------------------------B R HUGHES & JAMES BATSON

LEARN TO SCRIMSHAW-------------------------------------MARY BAILEY

RENDEZVOUS SHEATHS----------------------------TOM STERNS

LEATHER SHEATHS-------------------------KENNY ROWE

MUSIC-------------PEGGY & CHUCK PATRICK

TAIL GATE & KNIFE SUPPLY SALES

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

Thursday, April 2, 2009

2 to 6 pm.........................……….........................Check-in

6 to 8 pm...........................………..Demonstrators Dinner

Friday, April 3, 2009

7-8 am...........................………...........................Check-in

8-12 noon.....................……….................Demonstrations

Lunch.

1-5 pm........................………..............Hands-on Seminars

7-9 pm...................……….................Cutting Competition

 

Saturday, April 4, 2009

7-8 am..........................................………............Check-in

8-12 noon............................………..........Demonstrations

Lunch

1-3 pm.....………....Knife Show & Collectors Exhibition

3-6 pm..................................……….........…........Auction

7-10 pm …………………………..Music & Round Table

 

Sunday, April 5, 2009

8-12 noon................................……….......Demonstrations

Departure

 

 

TANNEHILL IRONWORKS

An Alabama State Historical Park consists of an Iron & Steel Museum, Tannehill Furnaces, Craft Cabins, 195 improved campsites, Gristmill, cotton gin , 45 historical buildings, etc-

 

DIRECTIONS

Tannehill Ironworks is located at McCalla, Alabama about 11 miles west of Bessemer.  From I-59 & I-20, take exit 100 and follow signs to Tannehill (about 2 miles).  From I-459 take exit 1 and follow signs (about 7 miles).  http:www.tannehill.org

 

BY AIR

Fly into the Birmingham Jetport which is located 40 miles from Tannehill.  Transportation can be provided,. Request in advance from Judd Clem (256/232-2645).

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LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS

 

FOOD is available at the snack bar, & Country Store.

 

CAMPING is available at Tannehill Ironworks near the Demonstration Area  on Mill Creek.  Improved (water & electricity)  &  Primitive camping. For  reservations call 205/477-5711.   Check in at Country store.

 

MOTELS, there are  many motels & restaurants off I-459  and I-20/59 toward Bessemer and Birmingham.

 

Sleep Inn, 205/424-0000, $59.99+tax for two double beds, 1259 Greenmor Drive @ Ala-52 at exit 6 off I- 459 about 15 miles from Tannehill. Demonstrator's Motel.

 

Hampton Inn, 205/425-2010, $89+tax for two double beds, 4910 Civic Lane @ exit 108 off I-20/59 about 11 miles from Tannehill.

 

Best Western, 205/481-1950, $70+tax  for two double beds, 5041 Academy Lane @ exit 108 off I-20/59 about 11 miles from Tannehill.

 

Jameson Inns, 205/428-3194, $73+tax for two double beds, 5021 Academy Lane @ exit 108 off I-20/59 about 11 miles from Tannehill.

 

AUCTION

The Alabama Forge Council is a non-profit organization with over 300 members.  The Forge Council gives more than five scholarships a year to deserving Blacksmiths. The cost of this event and the Clarence Kilby and AFC Scholarships are funded from this auction.  Two scholarships will be awarded to 2 lucky paid participants.

 

 

BE AWARE!

No Alcoholic Beverages are allowed

at Tannehill Ironworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3- 5, 2009

 

The Twenty-first

Batson Bladesmithing Symposium, Knife Show & Rendezvous

at

TANNEHILL IRONWORKS @ Exit 100 off I-20, 11 miles West of BESSEMER, ALABAMA

 

Participate in the CUTTING COMPETITION on Friday night. Bring a sharp knife with forged blade 10 inches or under & total length not over 15 inches. Handle must be pinned with a wrist thong for safety.

 

Bring examples of your work for the KNIFE SHOW, COLLECTION EXHIBITS & AUCTION

that will be held  on the afternoon of Saturday April 4, 2009 from 1 to 6 pm.

 

The AUCTION will begin immediately after the KNIFE SHOW.

 

Collectors and knife enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the Symposium and

learn first hand how modern knives are forged and  made.

 

Participate in the Railroad Spike Knife Contest.  Bring a unique railroad spike knife

 

REMEMBER to BRING

KNIVES FOR KNIFE SHOW---------ITEMS TO DONATE FOR THE AUCTION

TOOLS & MATERIALS  FOR TAIL GATE SALE-----YOUR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

 

 

 

Alabama Forge Council

Judd Clem

111 Yorkshire Dr.

Athens, AL 35613