Mark your calendar for this year's hammer in at Chad Cunningham's ranch south of Baird, TX for October 20, 2018. There will be demonstrations, vendors, and opportunities to have your knives judged for the Lone Star Membership ranking.
TKG hosted a hammer in at Chad Cunningham's ranch south of Baird on 10/28/17. There were about 70 people in attendance including both members and non-members. We had demonstrations by Dale White and Bryan Borton, by Bill Poor, by Chad Cunningham, and a few others. Vendors included Terry Dunn with stabilized wood, Texas Farrier Supply with general knifemaking supplies, Charles Turnage with mammoth ivory, Matt Marti with custom forging hammers, and another gentleman who made custom forges. Thanks to Jason Boone for the video. https://youtu.be/5kAtNXT-Kt0
The TKG 2017 FY board of directors meeting will be held Saturday, February 25 at Joe Allen's BBQ, 301 S. 11th St, Abilene, TX 79602 at 6 p.m. We'll eat, then meet. The board will elect officers, set the FY 2017 budget, discuss and set procedures, and plan for future events. Members are welcome to attend and observe. The relevant decisions and conclusions from this meeting will be communicated via the TKG Facebook group, the TKG website, and will be shared at the annual membership meeting in April.
The Texas Knifemakers' Guild is partnering with Kim Sansom of Silver Spur Gun Shows to host a knife show in Abilene, February 25/26. The show is inside the Taylor County coliseum. We will have our own area with all the TKG makers together. Kim will advertise the show through her usual channels, and myself, Bryan, Charles, and Jason will spread the word through our local contacts. Tables are 8ft and $55 each. Kim has asked that you call the office at (806) 253-1322 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tables. Just be sure and say "We are with the Knifemakers Guild" so they will [...]
Lonestar Knifemaker Judging Procedure Jason Fry, TKG President This document is intended to assist members in presenting and judging knives presented by persons applying for Lonestar Knifemaker status. Our initial goal is to set a moderate bar, not an exceptionally high one. Many knives with some errors will receive a passing judgment. We want to screen out knives with many or serious errors that detract from the overall quality. The Membership Procedure gives the following instructions. Lone Star Knifemakers will submit three knives for inspection. Knives must be hand made, meaning at a minimum that the maker personally ground and polished the blade and installed [...]
TKG has two events coming in fall of 2016. We are partnering with Silver Spur Gun Show to host a knife show in Lubbock, TX October 8/9. Similar to the April show in Dallas, we'll have a separate knifemaker area inside the Silver Spur show. We have 20 tables reserved, and are still accepting table holders. Contact Jason Fry at email@example.com for more information. As the TKG is an educational nonprofit organization, we will not be handling the financial aspects of the show. Table fees, etc. will be handled by Silver Spur. The TKG interest is primarily in bringing knifemakers together to share our craft, [...]
The Tarleton State University Agriculture Mechanics department Texas Knifemaker’s Guild partnered June 21-23 to host a knifemaking workshop. Offered as a continuing education workshop for Texas agriculture and shop teachers, the experience was focused on each student building a complete knife during the workshop. They say “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and this workshop was no exception. 24 Ag teachers, 8 TSU students and employees, and 10 knifemakers made a total of 42 knives over the 2 ½ day workshop. Each participant started with a bar of steel. Knife designs were chosen and then the knives were ground to shape on 11 professional-grade belt grinders provided [...]
There will be a shop tour/ open house at Robert Swiesthal's house April 30, 25154 Gosling Road, Spring, TX 77389, 10:30 a.m. The agenda will be a shop tour as well as some demonstrations including whetstone sharpening, sheath making, and filework. Robert is also a taxidermist, so there may be some information in that regard as well. BBQ sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Bring a dessert or chips. Lone Star Knifemaker inspection will be available. There will also be a swap meet area, so bring knife stuff or supplies you don't need and see if you can trade them off for something else. Everyone's [...]
The Texas Knifemakers' Guild will have its annual meeting on Sunday, April 10, 9:15 a.m. at Market Hall in Dallas, 2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207. This meeting will be open to all TKG members, interested parties, and members of the public. The meeting will be in the east end of the north hall. This location and time has been approved by the Dallas Arms Collectors, our hosts for the Lone Star Knife Expo. The published agenda items are as follows: Open meeting agenda 1. Welcome, intro of officers and board, brief purpose of the guild 2. Membership report- how many current members, and [...]
If you are a knifemaker and have not yet signed up for the Lone Star Knife Expo, we would love to have you. While the TKG does not have a financial interest in this show, as knifemakers and collectors, we all ought to be interested. This is the largest gathering of knifemakers in one place that Texas has to offer! There will be excellent knives in the room for purchase, and excellent knifemakers present for conversation and teaching. Blade Sports will have a major competition. There will be awards for best of show in several categories. There will be purveyors of knifemaking supplies as well. [...]