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– James Black School of Bladesmithing

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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


Non-Credit Community Classes

Community Education Bladesmithing Classes

Application for Non-Credit Bladesmithing Classes


Fall 2022 Schedule

Noncredit Course Dates Price Instructor Location Day Time
Knifemaking Kit Meets August 27& 28 $325 JR Cook WASHNG Saturday-Sunday 8AM-5PM
Hunting Knife Meets October 13-16 $525 Lin Rhea WASHNG Thursday-Sunday 8AM-5PM
Bowie Knife Kit Meets November 10-13 $525 JR Cook WASHNG Thursday-Sunday 8AM-5PM
Damascus Meets December 5-8 $525 Lin Rhea WASHNG Monday-Thursday 8AM-5PM

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