The world’s first recognized school of bladesmithing, Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, will have a new home beginning July 1, 2019. With support from the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), Texarkana College will move the school to the main college campus in Texarkana located in Bowie County,  Texas.

Established in 1988 by TC officials and founding ABS members, TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has operated in Washington, Arkansas since its inception. Texarkana College President Dr. Jason Smith said the move to TC’s main campus will allow the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to offer more modern amenities while preserving the school’s rich history and proven instructional methods. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing will begin offering courses in its new location beginning fall 2019.

“People from all across the world, and from all different backgrounds, come here to learn the ancient art of bladesmithing,” Smith said. “We’ve had surgeons from other countries, chefs from Europe, those wanting to design specialized knives for their profession, or those who have a love for the craft—they all want to come to the Bill Moran School to learn from the best. Because our courses are taught by ABS-sanctioned master bladesmiths, the school has the highest reputation for instruction and results…. Course options include introduction to bladesmithing, advanced work in Damascus steel, and handles and guards, among others,” Smith said. “There’s a course for every level of student, and you can go as far as you like by learning the skills you need to go through the American Bladesmith Society’s process of becoming a Journeyman or Master Bladesmith.”

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