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Alan Longmire

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For that matter, those of us who can will be there to set up on Thursday October 6 from around 10:30 to whenever.  Anyone who wants to help is welcome!  And anyone who wants to help with the teardown on Monday the 10th is even more welcome! 

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There are a few folks camping, and a decent Mexican place two miles south,and all kinds of everything five miles north in Johnson City. We'll talk Friday, reservations can be made. And that goes for everyone coming. Some places will be tight, what with the other two events, but if folks want to congregate after hours things can be arranged. 

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40 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

There are a few folks camping

I'm one of those camping, I got a small trailer and this will be it's second outing.  I got a small Weber grill and I'll bring that.  Steaks, granola, and beer it is.

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Wow. Looks like beautiful weather. Just perfect.

 

Vicky and I wish we could be there bright and early tomorrow morning. On so many levels it would be wonderful to be able to be there.

 

Dan

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On 10/4/2022 at 7:06 PM, Alan Longmire said:

Breakfast and lunch.  Supper is up to you.

As Alan indicated Johnson City has most chain/franchise places from lower to higher end. Just tell one of our local guild members what you want and we'll direct. When you see us there'll be no doubt we know where to find food. In East Tn we like BBQ! There is Firehouse BBQ in JC, pretty good and Southern Craft also close, fair imho. The real place is about 20 miles away if you don't mind a little drive. Been here 70 years and there is a reason the parking lot is full. https://www.seriouseats.com/ridgewood-barbecue-bluff-city-tennessee

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1 hour ago, Dan Kaschner said:

Wow. Looks like beautiful weather. Just perfect.

 

Vicky and I wish we could be there bright and early tomorrow morning. On so many levels it would be wonderful to be able to be there.

 

Dan

 

We'll miss you guys, and sorry about the circumstances. 

 

I'll be there as bright and early as possible for me, but since I am not the least bit a morning person we'll be lucky if it's around 9 am....

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Day one was a success!  No pics, I was too busy with other things, but despite a late start we had a good opening day.  Tomorrow is packed.  Packed, I tell you!  

 

Several forum members are wandering around, but unfortunately I had to take off early tonight.  Sorry Aiden!  Family stuff took precedence. 

 

I'll be there all day tomorrow. 

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It was a good day!  I got a few pics, but hesitant to post wo/folk approval.  @Alan Longmire I'll throw up one of you tonight if your ok with it.

 

My pocket knife took a selfie with one of James Black's knives.  It was starstruck to be so close to a knife of such pedigree it couldn't resist itself.  However, I also agreed to not put that pic on the web.  It'll get framed in the shop ;)

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-Brian

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20 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

I'll throw up one of you tonight if your ok with it.

 

Go for it!  I'm fair game.  And I told you those knives wouldn't disappoint!  But yes, no pics of those.  It does something to you to hold one, doesn't it?

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Here's a shot of our illustrious forum gate-keeper heading to set a hawk weld:

 

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Here you can see that Alan takes a similar approach to crowd control as he does in keeping trolls off the forum:  (We all obeyed)

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13 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

It does something to you to hold one, doesn't it?

 

It is hard to describe.  I've handled a number of valuable items (way beyond things I could ever afford) over the years, so it wasn't that.  There is something about holding an item that is so historically significant to a craft that I also happen to dabble in that was pretty special.

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5 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

There is something about holding an item that is so historically significant to a craft that I also happen to dabble in that was pretty special.

 

That's what I meant.  It's not what it's worth to a collector, it's what it means as an object that was one of the progenitors of an entire class of knives, one that looks like one of us could have done it as a flight of fancy, not knowing it would come to dominate the English-speaking world for nearly 200 years.

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20 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

 

...one that looks like one of us could have done it as a flight of fancy, not knowing it would come to dominate the English-speaking world for nearly 200 years.

That is well put, and from the sounds of it, exactly what happened!

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-Brian

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Well, I made it home.  It isn't as easy as it once was, but I can still road trip pretty well.

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Thanks to all the folks who put on the hammer-in.  It was a good trip, and my current tired condition aside, very reenergizing.  It was also great to meet so many of you after just knowing your names for so many years!

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4 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

It was also great to meet so many of you after just knowing your names for so many years!

Yeah and Y'all will be welcome next year. 

 

There was a professional photographer on site all 3 days. Lots of photos coming and even video of the cutting contest soon!

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