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
Non-Credit Community Classes
Spring 2022 Schedule of Courses for Credit and Noncredit
|BLAD1201 01||Knifemaking||Meets Jan 28-30||Additional Fees||Vilar, Ricardo||WASHNG||Friday-Sunday||0400PM||0800PM|
|BLAD1222 01||Bladesmithing||Meets Feb 17-20 (PART I) & Feb 24-27 (PART II)||Additional Fees||Vilar, Ricardo||WASHNG||Thursday-Sunday||0800AM||0430PM|
|BLAD1311 01||Handles and Guards||Meets April 7-10th||Additional Fees||Rhea, Lin||WASHNG||Thursday-Sunday||0800AM||0430PM|
|BLAD1411 01||Damascus Steel||Meets March 10-14th||Additional Fees||Cook, James||WASHNG||Thursday-Monday||0800AM||0500PM|
|BLAD1511 01||Advanced Bladesmithing||Meets April 28-May 2nd||Additional Fees||Fisk, Jerry||WASHNG||Thursday-Monday||0800AM||0500PM|