On Thursday March 3rd, Scott and I packed the truck, picked up the boys, and headed west to Clyde, NC for the 2011 Great Smoky Mountain Bladesmithing Symposium and Knife Show. A great time was had by all - here are some of the highlights.
Watching ABS Mastersmith Joe Keesler demonstrate and checking out his knives.
Battle of the Bladesmiths - Watching ABS Mastersmiths Burt Foster, Joe Keesler, Jason Knight and James Rodebaugh battle it out to see who could forge and complete the nicest knife in 2 hrs.
Keesler completed his knife in an hour and fifteen minutes, but Burt won the popular vote.
Cutting Demonstration - Guinea Hog Forge's own E. Scott McGhee competed against 13 others to see who could chop a 2x4 the fastest, cleave a golf ball in half, stab a tennis ball, spear and pop a small water balloon, and cut a 1" free-hanging manilla rope in one pass (some ropes were double and tripled to add difficuly and points). The one with the highest total score won.
Burt took the prize again.
Butch Sheely demonstrated tomahawk forging
Forging over green coal
Can't wait 'til next year.