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2017 Dates will be June 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The Jim Seery Memorial 28th Annual Hammer-In blacksmith event.

Hi Everyone!

I hope 2016 treated you well and that you are off to an even better 2017. First I must apologize for the poor communication in 2016. I was involved in some other issues, and was a bit late trying to get hold of our host, Rusty May. I then had problems getting hold of Rusty to confirm dates and make other necessary arrangements. The reason I had trouble getting hold of Rusty was because he had had back surgery, then an infection which had kept him in the hospital and out of circulation. When I was able to communicate with him, I had a glitch in communicating with Jim Taylor, and things just fell apart.

For that I do apologize.

Hammer In 2016 did happen, albeit somewhat smaller than usual.

After Hammer In, Rusty had a couple of more complications, but when I spoke to him in early January he was being given a clean bill of health, and was getting back into his usual activities. He said he was feeling better than he had in some years.

SO, Hammer In 2017 is on, the dates are June 1 through 4. As usual, we have NO PLAN and we WILL stick to it. All the usual things, as posted below.

I am very much in hopes that those of you who have joined us before will join us again, and any interested new people will join us too. We’re open to anyone interested in working hot iron, and hope you’ll join us for a relaxed, fun activity.

Feel free to contact us for information if you need.

See you then! Jan Manning


Hammer-In is intended to be an opportunity for people interested in blacksmithing to get together to socialize and share knowledge. The is no formal program, and traditionally we have fastidiously avoided having any coherent plan, which we follow precisely. If you’re getting started, there will be forge setups for you to learn some basic techniques on simple projects, and more advise than you can pack home in a bucket. Some of it actually good. As is tradition and practice, if you don’t know - ASK. If you do know, TEACH.

Contrary to all governmental policy, we assume the people who attend are adults, and we have a policy of an absolute minimum of rules. You are responsible for your own safety, and that of anyone with you. Blacksmithing, by definition, involves hot forges and iron, heavy anvils and hammers and the like. If you want safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, aprons, etc) you will need to provide them for yourself. Young people are welcome, but need to understand that there are hot forges, hot iron and heavy tools in the forge area, and need to behave appropriately. We expect the adults with them to see this is the case.

Because of a couple of situations which developed in past years, we do have a couple of minor changes which we feel we must maintain. We prefer that people not bring their dogs, if possible, because the property owner has animals and there is a very busy highway along side the site. If you feel obliged to bring your dogs, they MUST be under PHYSICAL control at all times. This is a rule we WILL enforce this year. The Big Thompson River is along one side of the property as well. We have never had a problem, but we have no control over the river, and we don’t want any accidents there this year, either.

There is some camping space, subject to first come, first served. There is potable water available. Small camp fires are OK, but bring your own wood for them. If you have some sort of overhead “fly” for your forge setup, bring it.

We want anyone who wants to come to be able to join us, but there are some expenses involved in putting this event on. There is the mailing list, and a bottle of something nice for our host, Rusty May, and the biggest expense of all, the Porta-Johns. The cost of them is getting steep. We don’t charge a fee to join us, but we do ask everyone who is able to contribute $10 to help us cover the costs associated with putting on a fun event. That’s $10 to cover all four days of the event. Seems a bargain to me. Please understand that none of us who put this event on have EVER made a profit out of it. That is not our intent. But we do need to cover our costs. Jim always said that if the event ever got to be too much trouble, or cost us too much money, it would come to an end. That is still the way we feel. We don’t want or plan to make any money out of this, but we do feel those who participate have a responsibility to contribute their share for the expense of having it.

I know that our founder, Jim Seery, will join us in spirit again this year, watching to see that all “S-hooks” are properly made, and that a good time is had by all. Jim’s grandson, is still working hard to become a capable blacksmith. He plans to be there, to carry on the Seery tradition of hitting hot iron at Hammer In.

We hope you will join us for another fun year. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Jan Manning and Jim Taylor.

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