Resilience Forge LLC in the Brushy Mountain community is offering a two-day, Hammer-In event at no charge to veterans.
It will be held Nov. 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Resilience Forge’s new 6,000-square-foot building at 4971 Brushy Mountain Road. There is a $35 fee for non-veterans to participate. The event will focus on stainless san mai and grinding techniques with a demo each morning.
Burt Foster, two-time Forged in Fire champion and ABS Mastersmith, will make a guest appearance.
Participants will be allowed time on forges after each demo and bladesmiths will be available to answer questions. Materials will be available for purchase on the day of the event.
People planning to attend are asked to RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to help ensure the right amount of materials is on hand. Veterans are asked to bring proper identification.
Resilience Forge NC draws veterans from several states for bladesmithing instruction and experiential learning. Its capacity was increased with completion of the new building, constructed through donations
Founder and veteran Kyle Gahagan of the Brushy Mountain community, with doctorate degrees in education and psychology, provides counseling services and works with doctors and rehabilitative specialists to help veterans recover from physical injuries.
Gahagan said about 1,500 square feet of it will be used for restrooms, offices and counseling areas. The remainder will be dedicated to forging and shaping metal and fitting and finishing, which are aspects of “bladesmith therapy” for veterans
Gahagen was deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan during a five-year stint in the 1st Army Ranger Battalion. He has extensive combat experience as a light infantry team leader and squad automatic weapon gunner.
In addition to providing bladesmith therapy, Gahagan is recognized among knife collectors for his hand-forged steel knives and other blades.
Water and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to Resilience Forge LLC. Gahagen said the event will adhere to the social distancing guidelines.