Hammer-In: A Knife Making Event


Jill M. Rohrbach


I realize that wielding knives and cutting through 2×4’s, then ping pong balls, rope, water bottles and other stuff seems more like a guy sort of thing than the event for me to go to on Mother’s Day. But, I’m headed to the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View this weekend with my mom and my two boys and it just so happens that the park’s annual Hammer-In competition is taking place over this Mother’s Day weekend.

The event starts with demonstrations at 10 a.m. on May 10. Festivities include special knife making demonstrations, BladeSports and Browning cutting competitions, and a display of knives with a People’s Choice Award presented. The BladeSports cut will be a “points cut” with accrued points being counted towards competing in the World Championship this May 30 – June 1 in Atlanta. Special guests this year are American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith James Ray Cook, an Arkansas living treasure, who will present a demonstration on forging a classic clip point Bowie Knife. American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith Mike Williams will demonstrate basic forging and how to heat-treat a knife. 

It will be fun to get a glimpse into someone else’s world and passion. Plus, I’m looking forward to those elements of the Folk Center that I already love – crafts demonstrations, music, herb garden, and the children’s area.

The Ozark Folk Center is enjoyable because it does have so many different offerings, something for everyone in the family really.

Admission to the Ozark Folk Center craft grounds for the competition is $10 per adult and $6 for children (6 – 12).

We’re staying at the park lodging, eating at the park restaurant and around town all weekend, so neither I nor my mother will have to cook. We’ll shop, probably buy some art, and laugh with the kids. Sounds like a Happy Mother’s Day.
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