The Thirty-Fourth Annual Seminar


 The New England Bladesmiths Guild’s seminar at Ashokan is one of the oldest and most prestigious hammer-ins in America. This year is no exception, as we have spent the last several months assembling a lineup of demonstrators to live up to this tradition.

Dan Maragni has been with us, at Ashokan, many times. In fact, he was the director of the seminar for well over a decade. More than anyone, Dan is responsible for the unique, non-partisan nature of the seminar. He will start the weekend with a lecture on a very interesting tanto build.

Page Steinhardt is a man of many skills. His first Ashokan demonstration was on knife photography. This year he will be lecturing and demonstrating the process of centrifugal casting guards and fittings.

We are thrilled to have Rob Dekelbaum back with us. This year, Rob will be handling the bulk of the hot steel demos. Saturday morning, he will start off with a blade forging demonstration. Later that evening, he will demonstrote his heat treatment techniques.

We are honored to have one of the best engravers in the country teaching us his techniques. David Riccardo is a professional hand engraver. He is involved in almost every aspect of the Art/Craft of hand engraving, from engraving firearms and custom knives to timepieces, jewelry, and intaglio printmaking. David strives for excellence in each discipline and canvas. David has taught private and group lessons in the US and abroad. He truly loves the Art/Craft of hand engraving and plans to engrave until he can no longer do so..

After a long hiatus, we are thrilled to have Lee Jones join us. Lee is an authority on ancient weapons and their construction. Sunday morning he will be sharing his thoughts on blade surface patterns, and how they relate to structure. He always brings the most fascinating blades for our inspection.

This year we are pleased to have Gary Graley demonstrating for the second time. If you hang out on the knife forums, you are familiar with Gary and his work. Although he is not a knife maker, he does some of the finest leather work and photography around. At the 2013 seminar, Gary gave a wonderful presentation of his leather working techniques. This year he will show us how he takes his fantastic photographs, with minimal equipment.


After a blade is forged, it must be cleaned up. Usually, that is done with a belt sander. Since we are starting with a forging, there are few reference points for keeping things straight. Kevin Cashen will show us how it is done Saturday afternoon.

On the other end of the grinding spectrum is straight razors. The edges are very thin, and must be perfectly straight. After Kevin is done grinding his knife, Tim Zowada will demonstrate his techniques for grinding straight razors.

The "open forge" has been a great opportunity for participants to share and learn forging techniques from some of the most experienced smiths in the business. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.
Tim Zowada will be there too. He will be giving a blade forging demonstration on Saturday. A knife and razor sharpening demonstration is slated for Sunday.

Don't forget to bring along any knives, or knife related items, that you may have for sale or just want to show off. The Ashokan knife show and exhibit is always an excellent presentation of a variety of knives and swords. Also, don't forget the opportunity to obtain equipment, tools, and other items from the tailgate sales surrounding the pavilion on Saturday.



Participation will belimited to the first 90 registrants. Registration deadline is September 9th. Payment is refundable 100% if you are unable to attend and you let us know by the deadline date. After this date a 50% refund is available. Register early to guarantee your
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