Ticket info:  

  •      Registration - $20

  •      Advanced Registration - $10 ends Sept 30

  •     Children 14 and under FREE must be accompanied by an adult 


Purchase tickets online. Or, stop by Blacksmith Adventures or Waterman Welding in Kanab to purchase printed tickets. Out of area, call April Witzke at (575) 313-4650.


Join us for the first annual



to be held in beautiful Kanab, Utah

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

9am - 5pm

at the MetalPlex on the UT/AZ Border 2540 S. Hwy 89a  


Brought to you by:

Blacksmith Adventures, Waterman Welding, Zion Blacksmith School, Forge-Aprons, Kane County Tourism Office, Great Basin Blacksmith Guild and Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association



Live Demonstrations

knife making demonstration



Lonnie Jensen - Damascus steel
Ryan Weeks - The right kinda grind



Steve Roper - The monolithic blade
Joshua Von War Bear- Hilts & Handles

  • Knife Show

  • Visit the Vendors

  • Tailgate Tool Sales

welding fabulous metalwork

Welding & Fabrication


Chance Hauser- 3D shields

Ben Warth- Articulating armor



Ken Robinson- The art of welding     


Sonny Stotlar- From hoof to home,

                         horseshoe art

Skills Tests

  • Axe Throwing

  • Quick Draw Timer

Forging Tools and Tongs



Gordon Williams- Arrows, oaks and

                             snakes, oh my!

George Witzke- Forging tools & tongs



GW Team- Advanced forging techniques

  • Meet Forged in Fire Contestants

  • Live Auction 4:00 - 5:00pm

  • Schedule Classes

Click here to learn more about the demonstrators

Lodging Options

Kanab is a central hub located between Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Page and Lake Powell, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Grand Staircase Escalante. All are less than 75 miles away! This area is a hiking, four-wheeling, horse-back riding, fishing, mountain biking, water sport lovers haven! To learn more, go to VisitSouthernUtah.com 


As a tourist destination, Kanab has tons of accommodation options in a range of prices and ammenities. There are 18 hotel/motels, 6 RV/Camping Parks, and well over 150 vacation rental homes. Kanab is also home to 24 restaurants, of which, only 4 are franchises, which makes Kanab a good little foodie scene! 

Come for the Hammerfest, stay a bit longer to enjoy all the rest!


Dark Sky RV Park and Campground is just 5 minutes from the event location. It is a brand new facility with an interesting concept: Natural beauty meets luxury.

Just three miles from the center of Kanab, 18 premiere, pull-through RV sites and private tent and van campsites sit on 40 acres of untouched sagebrush,  each with unobstructed views of the Red Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs, and the Kaibab Plateau, with epic sunrises and sunsets, and the darkest skies in Southern Utah.


Dark Sky RV Campground is a new way to RV.

Recieve $5 off per night for camp sites and $10 off RV sites when you mention Hammerfest.  Call (435) 819-0584 or visit their website: DarkSkyRV.com


Kanab's newest hotel is also the closest to the event, La Quinta Inn and Suites. They are offering a 12% discount for Hammerfest attendees.

Call to book direct @ (435) 412-6670

Sun and Sand is a locally owned and operated budget motel offering special rates of $49 flat for Hammerfest attendees. (435) 644-5050


Best Western Red Hills is another locally owned and operated hotel with great rates and ammenities!

Vacation Homes

In this day and age, vacation homes have become the way to stay while traveling. They are an especially good value for groups as opposed to multiple hotel rooms.  Check out: 

  • Coral Cliffs Townhomes offers 2 and 3 bedroom units all with private hot tubs for very reasonable rates. Yes, they offer jeep tours too! 

  • My Western Star Vacation Rentals has two units that have fabulously fun decor. One is a two bedroom/two bath and the other is a studio. 

  • Burro Flats High Desert Lodge is a McMansion that offers individual rooms with private bathrooms in a beautiful setting and includes the benefits of a communal kitchen and entertainment area.  

  • If those are all booked, try looking at this vacation homeowners group of homes: kanabutahvacationrentals.com


Booking directly with the homeowners is always the least expensive option. You can also try HOUFY.com for a no-fee booking platform that can save you hundreds over VRBO, HomeAway and AirBNB. 

Chance and Christine Hauser
raised sign of AZ done by Chance Hauser
rat rod designed by Chance Hauser
Blue Line Grizzly sign
Football raised sign by Chance Hauser

Chance Hauser


Chance lives in Camp Verde, AZ and is a fabricator extraordinaire! He is bringing an off-road vehicle that he completely designed and fabricated but his main demonstration for this event will be creating 3-D shields and signs cut by a plasma cutter and raised with his english wheel.

Chance's wife, Christine will be bringing her leather jewelry and accessories to sell.

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Gordon Williams


Hello my name is Gordon Williams. I have been attempting to be a blacksmith since 1986. I started Victory Forge Blacksmith School in 1994 and it continued through 2017 at which time I moved to Utah and have just finished construction of Zion Blacksmith School. I loved teaching and have been able to demonstrate at 32 ABANA chapters across the nation. My demos tend to be fast paced but I try to provide alot of information as I'm working. I look forward to meeting all of you in October! 

Gordon's demonstrations will be focused on the artistic side of blacksmithing. In the morning he and George, will work together to create a Horse Sculpture using Advanced Forging Techniques in the Blacksmith Shop from 9:30-12.


Gordon's afternoon demonstration is titled: Arrows, Oaks and Snakes, Oh My! Where he will forge and Indian arrow with copper rawhide, an oak tree with raised knots and copper patina, three dimensional grape leaves, a below the equator rattlesnake, and a hummingbird. It will be in the Blacksmith Shop and run from 1:30 to 4:00.

aluminum wagons
river boat
Boat and trailer
Ken welding aluminum

Ken Robinson


Ken is the owner and operator of Waterman Welding & Machining, along with his wife Sandra. They are also one of the event sponsors.

Ken has been welding for 35+ years. Ken started welding while working at the Oil Refinery in 1982. Then worked in the Aero Space field fabricating tooling used for aircraft. In the 1990’s—he started working at Waterman Welding. While there he fabricated boats, docks, frames and many other items.


In 2015 he purchased the business and continues to fabricate and manufacture products for various companies and individuals such as: aluminum river boat frames, boats, dry boxes, beaver boards, river toilets, coffee pots, mugs, tables, trailers, boat docks, ramps. He also works with  other metals building items like: truck flatbeds, brackets for home construction, stairs, handrails, stainless steel countertops, patio furniture, and makes metal repairs of all types. Machining and lathe work is another one of his talents.  If you are thinking of a metal project, Ken can help you with the design and make your dream a reality.

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Ryan Weeks


Meet demonstrator, Ryan Weeks of RyanWKnives.com a Utah bladesmith.

I have always been passionate about knives… I Started as a collector who dabbled in forging and

knifemaking which eventually turned into a part time job. I have been making knives for over 10 years.

Ryan's demonstration titled, The Right Kinda Grind will take place in the afternoon session from 1:30-4 in conjunction with Lonnie Jensen's demo.

Here's what Ryan's demo cover:

-Demonstrate basic free hand grinding, and tapering tangs (Stock Removal)

-My Hamon Process – Differential Heat Treat in appropriate steel types

Ryan's Motto: “Life is too short to be dull!”

Sonny Stotlar
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Sonny Stotlar


Sonny grew up working with animals; from raising day old calves to breaking and training horses. He spent many hours helping his grandfather on the ranch and really enjoys the western life style.


Sonny has always liked to create things with his hands. He learned to tool leather as a teenager and even built his own saddle from scratch, carving the tree out of a wood.


He learned to weld on the ranch and high school shop class-he put his skills to work welding horse shoes together and braiding dream catchers into them. Sonny decided he wanted to do a little taxidermy, so with help from his brother in law, started preserving skulls and decorating them. With a purchase of a table saw, he started creating wall hangings of various styles-flags being one of the most popular.

George Witzke blacksmith instructor
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George Witzke


Artist blacksmith, George Witzke has been a professional blacksmith creating hand-forged ironwork for over 25 years. His journey started with a three day beginner's class taught by none other than, Gordon Williams. Once bitten with the blacksmith bug, George progressed

from a hobby smith into a full-time  blacksmith in just a few years. His career advanced from participating in local craft shows to selling at high-end arts and craft shows then on to exclusively crafting custom work. 


Though he no longer accepts custom commissions, in his years as a smith, George has created a diverse array of beautiful and complex ironwork for both residential and commercial properties. Most notably, he and Gordon created the railing at the Grand Canyon's Mather Point Amphitheater.  He now teaches 1 hour to 1/2 day classes called Blacksmith Adventures and sells his smaller hand-forged items for home decor in shops and online at www.TheIronworkStore.com

George will perform two demonstrations at Hammerfest. In the morning from 9:30 to noon, he and Gordon will demonstrate advanced blacksmithing techniques as they forge a sculpture of a horse. In the afternoon from 1:30 to 4, George will demonstrate the making of tools for the forge.

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Lonnie Jensen

Blade Smith/Blacksmith

Lonnie Jensen owns Jensen & Sons Ironworks in Colston, UT, a very large and successful metal working shop that produces forged and fabricated ironwork for architectual and commercial uses. Lonnie is a true craftsman who is skilled in a diverse array of metal working skills including Damascus steel and bladesmithing. He is an understudy of Ray Rybar, a Master Smith stamp from the American Bladesmith Society whose specialty has been working with mosaic patterns, words and pictures. He is most known for having bold Damascus patterns and intricate mosaics. When Lonnie learned of this event, he offered to bring a 6 ton Chambersburg hammer just to show and tell!  

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Steve Roper

Blade Smith

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Joshua von War-Bear

Sword Maker

Jack of all trades and best known as that guy you haven't heard of yet, this rugged gentleman specializes in a variety of quick handed creativity. Most of his body of work is in leather working, prop blade making, woodwork and illustration, but is always keen to get his hands dirty learning new trades Working hard and keeping busy with film jobs, prop making, theme park building as well as vending and teaching panels at conventions and renaissance faires, this man is elusive to say the least. Known as a soft spoken, charming and all around fun fellow, this Georgia native is a dedicated artist that seeks to devote himself as much to his craft as possible. He is currently based in Utah, and working to achieve that all too familiar goal of making a career out of being oneself.

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Ben Warth

Armor Maker

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2540 S. Hwy 89A  Kanab, UT 84741

(575) 313-4650