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I asked that question many times myself before we packed up one weekend and headed to Track Rock Ga. I have to let you know this is the only one I have been to, it is twice a year and it is free to go to and learn at, so I am not sure about how they all work.
A Hammer In is where you can go heat and beat on steel regardless of your level or age. At Track Rock, kids get priority for anvil time and I know at least three that started here at age 7. One builds knives for a living, one is the youngest member of the GA guild (while in High School) and the third one just got a grinder and forge at home. This Hammer In is designed to spark the interest in learning to make a knife the old way.
If you have ever wanted to take a RR spike and build a Tomahawk, use spring steel to make a knife...find a hammer in near you and spend some family fun time learning.
This young lady came last year and Donnie gave her a blank that became this knife. This year ? No blank for her, "give me a hammer please" !
so here is my thought for the day. Find some hammer in fun near you and take the family for a day. This is what memories are made of
So, after reading this thread and talking to Jan I got a bee in my bonnet and searched out a hammer in in my area. It wasn't too easy to find, because they call it Pound of Fun instead of a hammer in, but about a week ago I met somebody that's running one about a half hour away from me. I got my two oldest kids signed up, so in June we're going to get to go and make some knives. They are also having a knife throwing demonstration and class, but I've hammered knife safety into my daughter to the point that she gave the man a dirty look when he mentioned throwing knives. Even after I explained it to her and showed her some YouTube videos she's still not convinced that that's anything she wants to be around.
That is fantastic and I hope to hear how it goes for the family! I had a chance to speak with Carl this week and this is what he shared with me