The Thirty-Second 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 Bladed Hand Tools. I'm sure there will be an incredible amount of historical information on how these tools were made and used.

We are honored to have Roman Landes back with us. For those of you who don't know Roman, he is a top enginer from Germany. It is a treat to have Roman teach us what he has learned about edge stability, metallurgy and sharpening.

This year we have a new demonstrator, Mike Davis. Mike is a relatively new maker, at least from my perspective... Mike is doing things, with only a few years experience, that took me a very long time to learn. He will be doing a blade forging demonstration Staurday morning, and a lecture on scrimshaw later in the day.

After Mike is finished, Ric Furrer will be demonstrating how to do Damascus inlay. This is the technique he used to inlay the letters on the +ULFBERH+T sword. Later in the day, Ric will be doing a talk on making steel from raw materials.

After lunch, we are honored to have Kevin Cashen with us. If you are familiar with Kevin, you know he is frustrated by makers not doing things well, just to save a buck. Kevin will show us how you can make knives, without a lot of expensive equipment, without sacrificing quality. Later in the evening, he will be doing the heat treatment demonstration.

Bill McGrath is our answer man for what to do with the finished knives in the most serious of circumstances. Bill’s skill with a blade makes him the guy you would want next to you in a dark alley in any of the roughest areas of the world. This year Bill will teach us about making a survival kit to go with our survival knives.

Have you ever had problems getting smooth, straight grinds on your blades? We've got the guy who can sort that out for you. No problem. One of the best grinders in the business is Jim Siska. If you have ever seen his hollow, or flat ground blades, you know you will want to pay close attention to everything he shows you. We are very pleased to have this excellent craftsman as one of our regulars.

We are pleased to have an additional “new” demonstrator this year, Gary Graley. Gary is a master of many things. One of them is high quality leather work. Most knife makers tend to consider sheath making drudgery, after the fun steel work is finished. Gary will show us how to do excellent leather work, with minimal tools, and actually enjoy it.

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.

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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