The Thirty-Third 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 the history of the New England Bladesmith's Guild, and the Ashokan Seminar. There are some very funny stories...

This year, we have as our anthropologist - Kevin Cashen. Kevin will be lecturing on European Daggers. We will be learning about design, construction, metallurgy, and use. Kevin will also be conducting a heat treatment demonstration Saturday evening.

We have a new demonstrator! - Zeb Demming. Zeb is a relatively new maker, at least from my perspective... Zeb is doing things, with only a few years experience, that took me a very long time to learn. He will be doing a iron smelting demonstration Friday evening, and a lecture on iron making on Saturday.

Delbert Ealy is known well by those who seek after wild Damascus patterns and precious metal mokume. Delbert will be demonstrating Damascus steel welding on Saturday morning. Saturday evening he will be teaching the details of how he makes mokume with gold and other expensive stuff.

A lot of knife makers tend to only focus on forging and "hot" metal work. then, they wonder why they can't sell their knives. Kelly Anson will teach us how to make drilled holes round, where you want them, and other machining techniques .

Bill McGrath is our answer man for what to do with our 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 what he does with tomahawks.

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.

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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