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TRACKROCK Spring 2018

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by swonut, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    I'm in! Just dropped the cash for the tickets. I'll be rolling in from Japan the night before, so I can only guess how much jet lag there will be, but in the end it will all be worth it!

    Did I get the dates right?

    Thu Mar 22
    6521

    Depart KANSAS CITY, MO (MCI) on Southwest Airlines at 06:35 PM
    Arrive in ATLANTA, GA (ATL) at 09:30 PM
    Travel Time 1 hrs 55 mins
    Wanna Get Away
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    Sun Mar 25
    5055

    Depart ATLANTA, GA (ATL) on Southwest Airlines at 07:50 PM
    Arrive in CHICAGO (MIDWAY), IL (MDW) at 08:50 PM

    Wanna Get Away


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    Change planes to Southwest Airlinesin CHICAGO (MIDWAY), IL (MDW) at 10:05 PM
    Arrive in KANSAS CITY, MO (MCI) at 11:35 PM
    Travel Time 4 hrs 45 mins
    Wanna Get Away
     
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  2. Luca917

    Luca917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2016
    Swo!!!

    I have a text from Carl that confirms the dates at Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24.

    I've already started packing, and just got confirmation I have the days off from work.

    Tony
     
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  3. Luca917

    Luca917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2016
    ****
     
  4. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    AWESOME! I really look forward to this weekend. It restores my faith in humanity-- now I've never been there with some of the more colorful characters (Bob), so maybe I'm overdoing it, but for now, I still have the hope....
     
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  5. Luca917

    Luca917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2016
    Buddy I know how particular you are about running that barbecue grill. It was my introduction to you years ago. So my advice is don't let Bob anywhere near it. He has no clue how to get the charcoal going. You should have seen how much I had to help him last time! He and Robert from @fiddlebackoutpost couldn't get out of their own way. It was great that I showed up and saved the day.
     
  6. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    294
    Feb 1, 2015
    Tentatively scheduled to attend on Sat....would be great to put some faces w/ these avatars.

    :thumbsup:
     
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  7. delkhouri

    delkhouri

    704
    Feb 25, 2007
    For the un-initiated:

    1) what exactly is trackrock
    2) how does one get invited
     
  8. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    294
    Feb 1, 2015
    In regard to No. 2 above, Georgia Custom Knifemakers Guild website has a great info page about it. Seems you just have to be able to find it! :) As for question No. 1....never been but the guys at the shop say it’s a great time!
     
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  9. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I'll need to make it to this one of these years...
     
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  10. delkhouri

    delkhouri

    704
    Feb 25, 2007
    Found this on their site..... if anyone else is curious

    #34 Trackrock Hammer-in Spring 2018

    Date: Weekend of March 23th & 24th
    Location: Trackrock Campground, Blairsville, GA
    Directions: www.TRACKROCK.COM 706-745-2420
    Best News: Open to all & no admission fees!
    Activities: Bladesmithing, Hawk forging, Leather Crafting, Anything Knife Related

    Who: Anyone interested in knives, knife making, hawks, leather work, collecting, trading, etc. Watch, meet and talk talented bladesmiths, master leather craftsmen, collectors, etc.
    See old discarded steel, scrap metal, wood and bone transformed into functional works of art.

    General: Craftsmen and visitors from all over USA and other countries, Finished knives on display & for sale, Collections on display, Materials and Supply Vendors, etc.

    This is a Family oriented event so:
    Behave!
    No unsafe or reckless behavior will be tolerated.

    Additional: “Iron in the Hat” event Saturday to help fund event. Please bring usable item for this event. A chance to pick up valuable plunder - knifemaking materials, parts and pieces. Strictly voluntary, participation encouraged.

    Benefit Knife Donation: Custom knife will be on display during the event and drawing will be Saturday pm. Proceeds go to Charity selected by Donater/Maker (see attached flyer).

    Accommodations: Full hook-up & primitive camping available (check web site), Trackrock is an excellent campground and very well maintained. Several motels nearby: Blairsville and Young Harris.

    Catered BBQ plate available on site Saturday lunch – Pricing set by caterer. (Always reasonable.)
     
  11. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    I’m sure more experienced guys will chime in but it’s a great time for all ages. You can watch master craftsmen make knives and leather goods, fellowship with folk that like the same things you do (usually sharp things), but probably my favorite is watching Carl, Allen and others working with the young guys and gals. They have a passion to pass on their craft. I’ve seen Carl help a little guy that could barely reach the anvil. My 11 year old daughter truly looks forward to going and expects Allen to help her work on her 3rd knife with him next month.

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  12. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Guys I can’t make the spring TR only the fall one. However, I can do a video conference to walk you all through the bbq grill setup. First thing and most important....don’t use the so-called charcoal that Tony brings.
     
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  13. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    1) Attended my first one in Fall (I was uninitiated before), drove my 1200gs up and camped. Had a blast, but took a while to ease in....ALOT going on everywhere in the forging area. Forged a knife last day, thanks Carl/Team. Went food shopping in a tiny car, cooked food on fireproof charcoal, had the best cobbler in my life.
    2) Come on down you're invited.
     
  14. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Who's going to drive to the food store??????
     
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  15. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    i will....whos car????
     
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  16. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    Like I said, it will restore your faith in humanity. It's a bunch of knife people meeting up in the north Georgia woods at a campground that the host lets us take over the barn. You will learn more in a weekend than a year of watching you tube videos. Masters will be teaching kids who think it's a hoot to bang a nail into a knife. A class will break out on sheath making. A discussion on nessmucks here and a pipe wrench being made into a knife there--- at the end of the day, everyone will find their way around a campfire. It can be a little intimidating at first, but really, it's mostly me that is holding back because I don't know names... Just jump in and ask questions, "What you got going on there?" is always the easy one...
     
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  17. NOLA

    NOLA Gold Member Gold Member

    283
    Jul 9, 2016
    I started gathering things up over the weekend.

    I have a favor to ask of @VANCE ... can you bring some of the new knives for us to check out? The Cummings knives, Bush Reaper and Bush Tasker?
     
  18. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    ill see what i can do
     
  19. Southern Gent

    Southern Gent Gold Member Gold Member

    788
    Apr 3, 2015
    My face is my Avatar, but if you feel you may be lost listen for Andy's laugh.

    1) There is no way to accurately describe Trackrock without attending. The cut and paste from the GA guild site is a piece, the Trackrock threads on this forum are a piece, and then there is the dark underbelly of Trackrock where all the inside stories and innuendos reside.

    2) Just show up with a semi clear conscience, easy going attitude, an empty belly, and a bottle of bourbon (preferably 12 years or older) and you are good to go. Everything else will fall into place.
     
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  20. crex

    crex

    713
    Oct 4, 2002
    Bump....the bourbon is for after hours please.
     
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