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Hammer In at the Kentucky Museum

Free Museum Admission

Saturday, October 7, 2017


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 (CLASSES ARE FULL)
    • Kentucky Folklife Narrative Stage
    • Aluminum Pour

Schedule of Activities

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10 am - 11:30 pm

Forge Demonstration

Tinsmith Demonstration

Green Coal Class

Aluminum Pour

12 pm - 1 pm

Kentucky Folklife Narrative Stage

1 pm - 3 pm

Forge Demonstration

Tinsmith Demonstration

Green Coal Class

Aluminum Pour

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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.

 Jonathan Eby
Jonathan Eby

In 2003 Jonathan began a farrier practice which gave him the opportunity to pursue his interest in other aspects of tool making and blacksmithing.

Jonathan continues to work as a farrier and also does custom metal-casting. He will be demonstrating various tool making techniques and procedures and will have pieces to present.

 Karl Anderson fordge
Karl Andersen, Andersen Forge

Karl began making knives in 1996 and in 2004 he began forging blades. Karl is a graduate of the Bill Morgan School of Bladesmithing offered in conjunction with Texarkana College. In 2008 Karl was granted his "Journeyman Smith" ranking in the American Bladesmith Society.


Jerry Rados forge
Jerry Rados

Jerry Rados has been making knives since 1980 and Damascus commercially and for himself since 1984. He believes in sole authorship in his knives and does as much possible by hand. The only commercial pieces in his knives are 3 to 4 dowel pins, (folding knives) everything else is made by Jerry. His straight hunters and fighters are generally random pattern Damascus and are fully hand forged by Jerry





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).


 chase saxton
 Chase Saxton

Chase Saxton lives with his family on the family farm in Southern Kentucky. He works in his blacksmith shop and currently builds professional grade power hammers for blacksmiths and knife makers. Chase calls these hammers Pro-Series because of their quality, reliability, and controlability.




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