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Southeast Mass. Hammer-in April 28 2018

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On the weekend of April 28/29 there will be a hammer-in at the Freetown Historical Society Blacksmith Shop. The demonstrator is Bran Martens, lead instructor at the arc and Flame in Rochester , NY. Brian will be demonstrating making wood working tools and heat treating them. There will also be a green coal area for folks to try it as well. This will be run by Dick Renker, former instructor at Arc and Flame. We are also working on having blacksmith stew for Sat. nite.

For those interested in camping there is room for several campers/tents. All the buildings have electric  outlets and there is running water. Early arrival and set up on Friday is fine. Assonet is part of Freetown and is located just north of Fall River, Mass.

Any questions contact me at rgrenker@gmail.com

Hope to see you there.


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Well its time for a report on the hammer-in even if its a bit late, two weeks.

We had a good turnout. A lot of the local folks that had been attending classes but also someone from PA and someone from central MASS. It was gratifying to see people taking notes.

Brian did an excellent job in presenting the info on an easy to understand basis. We all ended up with a better understanding of how metal works on a molecular scale and that made it easier to figure out how to deal with tool steel and harder stuff.

The second day was heat treatment day and it was fun watching folks understand how heat travels.

Discussions are already underway for next years hammer-in. Hope to see some of you folks there. We missed you this year.


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