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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


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

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