2021 Dates will be June 3,4,5 and 6

The Jim Seery Memorial 32th Annual Hammer-In blacksmith event.

Apr 20th, 2021

Hello Blacksmiths!

I hope you have all survived this horrible covid dominated year in good health and at least some opportunity to hit a little hot iron.

After some confusion on my part and getting myself into some sort of order, plans for Hammer In 2021 are actually coming together. Our dates for this year are June 3, 4, 5, and 6. I just spoke with Rusty, who is excited to have us back again, and confirmed our dates.

Based on what information is circulating around, we should be OK for the gathering as usual. We had a good gathering in 2020, with no problems I am aware of, and I think that 2021 will be fine as well. IF the current word is correct, we should be past any kind of “mask mandate” and similar problems. In fact, we should well be past it as the statewide outdoor mask requirement is already expired. But, this is an adult gathering, and I encourage everyone to follow their own conscience when it comes to this kind of activity. WE won’t require anything. We didn’t last year and it was fine, and I expect the same this year, but if you are uncomfortable with it, and choose not to join us, we understand. We’ll miss you, but we are still going to hold the Hammer In.

As usual, we mostly have NO PLAN and are sticking to it. As my late father used to say, “You
can’t argue with success” and Hammer In has succeeded for a lot of years. Thursday is for set up, though if you get set up and want to light the forge, that is fine. Friday and Saturday will be the busy days, and Sunday relaxed as people break down to go home. As usual, we ask a donation to cover the cost of the porta-johns, but that is all. Children and pets need to be under control, and we have no control over the status of the river. There will be the usual room for camping and campers, on a first come – first served basis.

I really do hope that everyone will have come through the covid nonsense OK, and will come and join us in some recreational blacksmithing. We had a good time last year, and hope to have the same or better this year.

Smell the coal smoke!
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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