Haywood Community College and the American Bladesmith Society, Inc. will hold the Great Smoky Mountain Bladesmithing Symposium & Knife Show on March 14 through March 16. The event will be held on the HCC campus. The symposium and knife show includes an American Bladesmithing Workshop at a cost of $55. On Saturday, March 15, the knife show and auction will be open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. free of charge.
Demonstrators for the event include: James Crowell, blade design, forging, grinding, and heat treating; James Batson, Damascus Steel; Greg Neely, handles, guards, fit and finish; B.R. Hughes, ABS knife judging; Carolyn Hughes, promotion and advertising; Tommy McNabb, jigs, fixtures, and silver sheaths; Bill Wiggins and Len Landrum, youth and beginner hands-on blade forging; Daniel Warren, pocket knives; Rick Love, leather sheaths; and Col. Tim Ryan, auctioneer.
A $500 scholarship to the ABS School in Old Washington, Arkansas will be given to a paid participant. Participants can register prior to the event by calling Kristie Norton at 627-4505. Registration will also be held on Thursday, March 13 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information on the Great Smoky Mountain Bladesmithing Symposium & Knife Show or the American Bladesmithing Workshop, please call Bill Wiggins at 226-2551.