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Hammer In at the Kentucky Museum

Free Museum Admission

Saturday, October 6, 2018

10AM - 3PM


Sam Stoner blacksmithing

Photo by Mike Dowell


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


 There are a few spaces available in our green coal classes call 270-745-2594 or email lynne.ferguson@wku.edu to sign up.


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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



 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.


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




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  Photos from 2017 Hammer In

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Sponsorship Opportunities






Vulcan Sponsor

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WKU League of sculptors

Image by Mike Dowell

WKU League of Sculptors

Pouring aluminum using "junkyard foundry" equipment made by a Kentucky Forge Council member.  


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 Last Modified 8/7/18