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ABS California Hammer In

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by raylaconico, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. raylaconico


    Jan 30, 2004
    I thought I'd post some pics of the ABS hammer in going on this weekend in my hometown.

    This was a mini class taught by Bill Burke on furnace building and steel smelting

    Dan Pfanenstiel doing a hamon and sword quenching demo.

    David Lisch did a D-guard demo and hands on green coal forging

    Mike Quesenberry doing some forging

    Don Andrade forging a kitchen knife

    Some of us went out to dinner

    Mike Vagnino did a lockback and linerlock fundamentals demo

    Tom Ferry did a demo on designing complex damascus
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
  2. SoCalRandy

    SoCalRandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    This looks like sooo much fun!
    I wish we had something like this closer to southern California.
    I hope you guys had a blast!
  3. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    Thanks, Ray. Looks like a great time to be had by all.
    A ton of talent, right there.
    Thanks for posting these.
  4. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    I've attended a few of the ABS Hammer-ins, even lead collecting seminars/discussions at them, and I strongly recommend them
    to knife collectors as you can meet the makers, learn quite a bit and have a great time.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  5. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Looks like a star studded event :)
  6. Erik Fritz

    Erik Fritz

    Aug 6, 2002
    This is on my short list of must attend events next year.
  7. betzner

    betzner Home To Morro Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Oh, if only this hammer in were located in or around a place on the central coast like Cambria, it could attract three times the crowd and in all probability attract new collectors. But no, it's located in arguably the second or third worst heat and air in the nation. I recognize it's location in Visalia is central to the facilities in use, but just sayin'...........
  8. raylaconico


    Jan 30, 2004
    I think everyone had a great time. The weather was and is usually good in October. They always want more people to attend but the turn out was quite good with about 65 attendees.

    A few more pics from today

    Demonstrators left to right: Henry Torres, Mike Vagnino, Tom Ferry, Dave Lisch, Bill Burke, Dan Pfanenstiel, and Aaron Wilburn

    This guy took a train from San Diego to experience some forging!

    Dave Lisch and Bill Stuart teaching this guy about forging a blade

    Travis Wuertz with his grinder kneeling and helping a kid who got to forge, heat treat, and grind a blade
  9. frogfish

    frogfish Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 4, 2002
    Thanks for posting the photos Ray, this is a great event and is the only one on the west coast. If you want to have access to some of the best bladesmiths in the country made sure to put this event on your calendar for next year.
  10. D lisch

    D lisch KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 27, 2007
    Just Got Home last night. What a week it was I started it by flying into Reno on monday where Mike Q picked me up we spend 3 1/2 very full days making a knife together that was a blast. then with the knife still in the clamp we drove to the hammer in . Mike V did a great job this year lots of cool stuff going on great demos and good folks. This is a really good hammer in and it is going to get better there is still time to be apart of it . make time next year to join in it will be in a new even better spot. It is about learning and shearing and friendship how cool is that. Hope to meet you there next year.
  11. Aaron Wilburn

    Aaron Wilburn

    Apr 16, 2011
    I had a great time as I always do at the Visalia hammer -In
    Good to see familiar faces and old friends and make new ones.
    As a knife maker I always take away Gems of information that raise my knife making skills. Weather someone is just starting their knife making adventure or have been at it for many years their is something for everyone.
    This is the first time my beautiful wife attended an event like this with me and she said she will be back next year.
  12. MadBug


    Apr 25, 2009
    This was a great hammer in. I drove down from Boise, and it was well worth it. Next years event sounds like it will be something you will not want to miss. Just like this one. If you missed it, too bad for you.
  13. Bill Burke

    Bill Burke

    Aug 1, 2008
    whew, I just got home from this event. It is without a doubt one of the top hammerins in the country. Next years should be even better with a larger space for demos forging etc. Like was said above this is the west coast event to attend.
  14. gthouse


    Feb 16, 2010
    Sounds like another succesful hammerin. Sorry I missed this year, but I was in Colorado helping my son get his elk. Home Wed and took my grandsons deer hunting for the weekend. Like has been said, this is a hammerin not to miss. Hope my schedule works next year.
    Gary House, M.S.
  15. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    Had a great time at the hammer in, as always. Didn't get to attend all the classes I wanted to see but had fun in the green coal area. The best part for me was seeing the smiling faces of those that attended the two hands on classes. The sheaths that came out of Aaron Wilburn's class were top notch. Bill Burke's students each produced enough steel to make a couple good sized knives. A great event all the way around.
  16. Michael Vagnino

    Michael Vagnino

    Dec 31, 1999
    Hey All,
    Just want to thank Tom F.,Dave L.,Bill B, Bill S., Mike Q., Aaron W., Dan P., Henry T., Ray L. and my wife Marcie, for helping put on one of the best hammer-ins we have had to date. Also a special thanks to all the attendees that came this year. Without your support this would not be possible. This was are largest attended hammer-in we have had and I have a feeling the next year will even be larger. We will be moving to a new facility that the College of the Sequoias has just finished. The space available to us will be at least 3 times larger. That means, just that much more fun for all of us. Hope to see you next year.

    Take care

  17. D. Pfanenstiel

    D. Pfanenstiel

    Sep 2, 2004
    Good times. Ever since BACKA died this event has been all I have to look foreward to all year.

    Oh ya, and I'm already started on my next smelting furnace, woo hoo!

  18. raylaconico


    Jan 30, 2004
    I just found this video taken at the hammer in of Dan Pfanenstiel water quenching a Japanese style sword. It was really cool to watch!

  19. travis wuertz

    travis wuertz

    Jun 14, 2010
    Here's some hammer in videos from Tim Hancock's grinding class. They're not on my usual Wuertz Machine Works channel cause I was locked out for a while. Brian Land did the editing. He did an awesome job editing the rough hammer in footage. There will be more to come.

  20. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    Thank you so much Travis!

    I have Tim's video from the Tanehill conference, but it was on a different machine. It will be great to see him do it on the machine I use!

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