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2nd Annual Ron "Bowie" Claiborne Memorial Hammer-In Information Page

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Welcome to the official page for information and questions about the hammer-in!  If you got here via an outside link, let me know.


Here's the draft flyer:


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The State of Franklin Blacksmith Guild

In association with the

Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths

Present the second annual

Ron “Bowie” Claiborne Memorial Hammer-in

September 29, September 30, and October 1, 2023

Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens, 121 Covered Bridge Lane, Unicoi, TN 37962


ABS Mastersmith Jason Knight

ABS Mastersmith Burt Foster

ABS Mastersmith Bill Wiggins

ABS Journeyman Smith Stephan Fowler

ABS Journeyman Smith Brandon Franklin

Mark Zelasky

Gerald Boggs

Mike Rose

Robin Lynch

Alan Longmire

And many more to be announced!*


*demonstrators subject to change


Chuckwagon cooking and Mrs. Lynch’s home cooking on-site!

Cutting Competition!

Iron in the Hat!

Information: Kurt.Krieger63@gmail.com or ALongmire4@gmail.com





Who we are:

The State of Franklin Blacksmith Guild is a registered IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Tennessee in 2019.  We began as a blacksmithing club called Bristol Forge at Rocky Mount in 1990, and we are the first and longest-running member club of the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths.  Our members range from nationally known professional blacksmiths to those with a mere interest in the craft.  We have some 75 active members who attend our monthly meetings, coming from three states.  Our reach extends from Knoxville, Tennessee to Wise, Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina.

What we do:

Our purpose is to promote quality metalworking, preserving the traditional methods set forth, and to train and educate others who may be interested to join our group so they can pursue the craft as a trade or as a hobby.  Our members have taught classes in blacksmithing, bladesmithing, axe making, jewelry making, the creation of Damascus steel, casting metals, engraving, woodcarving, horn working, leatherworking, and many other aspects of the craft.  If it involves metal, heat or hammers, we do it.



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