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Hammer In at the Kentucky Museum

Free and Family-Friendly

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10AM - 3PM

Free parking available off of Kentucky Street. Follow the Hammer In Parking Signs.


Sam Stoner blacksmithing


Join us at the Kentucky Museum for a free community event celebrating the metal workers' trade.

    • Forge Demonstrations
    • Tinsmith Demonstrations
    • Green Coal Classes
    • Kentucky Folklife Narrative Stage
    • Aluminum Pour





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Hammer In Kickoff

Kentucky Folklife Program Narrative Stage

Forge Demonstration

Tinsmith Demonstration

Green Coal Class

Aluminum Pour

Forge Demonstration

Tinsmith Demonstration

Green Coal Class

Aluminum Pour


Downloadable Schedule (coming soon)



 Sam Stoner blacksmithing
Sam Stoner, Outback Forge

Sam specializes in fixed blades, tomahawks and friction folders in carbon steel and Damascus. Each piece is crafted in a traditional manner using no electricity or motors. All equipment is driven by pulleys and belts on an overhead drive shaft. The shaft is powered by two large horses walking on a treadmill. Sam uses a hand crank coal forge to make Damascus out of 1084 and 15N20 carbon steel which provides performance and beauty.

Randy Hulsey Tinsmith
Randy Hulsey, Jennings Creek Tin Shoppe

Randy began his apprenticeship under Tinsmith Bill Lawrence "Uncle Billy". He studied with him for three years before establishing his own shop. Randy is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Market program, He uses 18c forming stake tools while specializing in 18th & 19th Century reproduction tinware and living history demonstrations.

 J. Eby
 Jonathan Eby

Jonathan began to experiment with his family's foundry and black smiting tools as a teenager. He is the current foundry master at Pioneer Foundry in Caneyville, KY that manufactures Pioneer Wood Burning Stoves. Jonathan also makes his own tools as well as runs a steam powered wood shop and sawmill.

Jack Hubbard

 Jack Hubbard

Jack Hubbard makes 1700 period items including guns, knives, hunting pouches and haversacks. His guns which are made to look plain and well-used have been described as “butt ugly” guns.  He likes plenty of creative latitude when he makes something. He says, “I work best if a person just gives me the basics of what they want and let me go from there.”


Green Coal Class Teachers


 Chris Radus blacksmith
Chris Radus

A Pittsburgh native resides and has his forge in Bowling Green where he makes art out of recycled metal and wood. Radus' metal working roots go back to his grandfather who was a professional blacksmith in the old country (Hungary).


 Greg Knight
Greg Knight

Greg has had a lifelong interest in Blacksmithing and took that interest to the next level two years ago at the first Kentucky museum Hammer-In. Greg is enjoys teaching decorative metal and working with the next generation of blacksmiths.




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 Want to sponsor this event?

Please contact Tiffany Isselhardt at 270-745-3369.


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 Last Modified 7/26/19