2020 Dates will be May 28 to May 31st

The Jim Seery Memorial 31th Annual Hammer-In blacksmith event.

We are planning on having the event this year, but because of COVID-19 plans may change so please keep watching the website.

May 19th, 2020

Hello, Smiths!
The results of our survey are pretty much in, and a serious majority of you want to hammer as usual, so, barring some sort of major development, Hammer In will happen as scheduled, starting the Thursday after Memorial Day.

With a couple of minor changes.

We will be outside, which they say is better. We have plenty of room, so there is no need to put the various smithies right on top of each other. “Smithing distancing” and, we ask that you all bring some rope, enough to go around your set up to help remind people to stay distanced, and to cut down on people just walking through the various setups .

We are not sure that our kind of smithing can really be done with most of the masks I have seen. Again, being outside should help with that. If you want to wear a mask, please do. If not, don’t. We leave that up to you. Jim is arranging for sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer, which we will have spotted around camp.

We are all adults and I think we can handle this. The governor is opening things up for
Memorial Day, so we don’t think there should be any problems, but we are next to Hy 34, and we suppose we could be visited and questioned by the Sheriff, but we think we should be on solid ground for the “event” though we don’t think of it as an “event” so much as just a get together of smiths.

Camping spaces will be as per usual. Should be plenty of room.

That is, we think, about all for now. REALLY looking forward to Hammer In. Cabin fever is
hard on all of us.

Anything else comes up, we will communicate, so keep an eye peeled for notes from us.

Jan Manning and Jim Taylor

May 7th, 2020

Hello Blacksmiths!
We are a few weeks away from Hammer In! As of now, we are still planning on going with Hammer In as usual. That, of course, depending on what the Governor and Larimer County may decide to do. We THINK we should be OK. We have plenty of room for “social distance” both for the forges and for camping. We do not know what the situation will be for motels or restaurants, other than drive through take away. It is also possible we may need to forgo the Saturday night meal this year.

It would be very helpful if we could get some sort of idea on how many people are planning to try and make it this year. This, as much as anything is information we need for ordering the porta johns. Please pick an option below, to give us an idea.

::: Survey Closed :::

We do want you to know that we will be having disinfectant spray to treat the johns, and we will also have hand sanitizer there and scattered around, for people to use. Along those lines, we would like to ask that you bring some rope to put up around your forge set up, to just kind of help remind people to “social distance” and to hopefully help keep people from just wandering through the various setups.

We are really looking forward to Hammer In, and I hope you are too. Please keep an eye on here for any updates, and anything really important, we’ll send out another email.

Jan Manning and Jim Taylor

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 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.

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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