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The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historic Trades celebrates, preserves, and promotes the art of bladesmithing and historic trades, and the birth of the iconic Bowie Knife in Historic Washington. Students at the school will study the art and science of Bladesmithing, Forging, Handles and Guards, Damascus Steel, and more.

The James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historic Trades is unique in the University of Arkansas System, and reflects the same quality and commitment to excellence in student learning that is the centerpiece of the missions of both the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana and the University of Arkansas System. Become a part of a campus where history, art, and skill are celebrated and preserved.

The James Black School is located at Historic Washington State Park, 601 Lawrence Street, Washington, Arkansas.

For-Credit Certificate of Proficiency

Certificate of Proficiency-Bladesmithing Degree Plan

Application for the Certificate of Proficiency in Bladesmithing Program

Application for Non-Credit Bladesmithing Classes

Non-Credit Community Classes

Course Date Time Instructor
Kitchen Knife Course or Knife Kit Course June 15-16 8AM to 5PM Ricardo Vilar
Axe Making Course or Tomahawk Course July 27-28 8AM to 5PM Lin Rhea
Forge to Sharp Course August 24-25 8AM to 5PM Tim Foster
Veteran Course November 4-8 8AM to 5PM JR Cook
Dagger Course November 11-15 8AM to 5PM JR Cook
Dagger Handle Course November 18-20 8AM to 5PM JR Cook
Advanced Open Project Course December 9-13 8AM to 5PM Jerry Fisk


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For more information about the UAHT James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historic Trades, call 870-722-8568 or email bladesmith@uaht.edu.