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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 2020 Schedule of Courses for Credit and Noncredit

BLAD1411 01
Credit & Noncredit
Damascus Steel October 26-30
Additional Fee
Application for credit
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rhea Washington, AR
BLAD1311 01
Credit & Noncredit
Handles and Guards November 16-20
Additional Fee
Application for credit
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Vilar Washington, AR
BLAD
Noncredit
Hunting Knife December 3-6
Noncredit
Thursday-Sunday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Vilar Washington, AR
BLAD1511 01
Credit & Noncredit
Advanced Bladesmithing December 7-11
Additional Fee
Application for credit
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fisk Washington, AR

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

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