NESM - ABS Youth Bladesmithing Day

 

Instructor: Tim Potier Master Smith

Associate Instructors: Nick Rossi JS

                                      Ben Breda JS

                                    Herb Kettell

Special Day is Saturday February 15

8am -5pm, Pizza lunch provided

Tuition: $100.00

Skill level: Beginner and up

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    As presented by the American Bladesmith Society and in cooperation with the New England School of Metalwork to foster and support the hand skills associated with Bladesmithing.

    This one day instructional and hands on event will focus on bringing young students (12-18) in contact with regional experts in the field of custom bladesmithing. Safety overview, parental guidance and a two to one, student/instructor ratio will ensure a long lasting and memorable event for youth interested in the hand forging of steel.

     Hosted at the newly renovated facility in Auburn Maine, students will gain measurable insight towards the properly sequence in forging, grinding and heat treatment of a small knife. Parental supervision for those under 15 will be required, all others may sign a liability release. Morning safety demonstrations will be followed by the students hand forging their own blade, an onsite lunch will be provided and the afternoon will see the students grind the blades to shape, heat treat them and wrap the handle with paracord.

    Throughout the entire learning process students will be giving the strictest attention to details of appropriate work habits, safety and have several facts of artistic and historic context of what they are doing related to them. Hand forging skills are and can be a relevant source of income for those gifted in the crafts industry, bladesmithing in particular is seeing a resurgence in the US and has been gaining momentum through social media and a consumer interest in higher quality everyday items such as kitchen knives, hunting knives and hand tools.

 

Tim Potier is the ABS liason for the Youth Programs which are scheduled and held around the US each year. 

Some stills from Lee’s class. #leesauder #ironsmelting #somethingfromnothingSo not only did we make 4 blooms of iron, Lee guided us through remelting all the bits that fell off the blooms in forging and carburizing it in this smaller furnace. We were able to make some beautiful high carbon material! #homemadesteel #makesometoolsLee Sauder is amazing asset to our community and it was a pleasure to have him back for another smelting workshop. This is the climax, when a big beautiful bloom of Iron gets brought into the world! #bloomerysmelting #oretoiron #nothingtosomethingRED hammer faces, means one thing, it’s Smelting Week at NESM.  Busting up ore and making clay, the foundations of a successful smelt. Thank you Lee Sauder !!ya#newenglandschoolofmetalwork #acienttechnology #ironsmelting #gettingdirtyAwesome Gladius class from @samsalvati_bs! These things are scary sharp! Great job fellas! #handforged #gladius #bladesmith #blacksmithAvailable workshops! Enroll at www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com #craft #art #handmade #educationGreat 2 week workshop with @steveculverknives and Christoph Deringer! Both makers are so different and have so much to offer the students really got a treat! #americanbladesmithsociety #journeytojs #forgedDerek Heidemann of Sturbridge Village really taught a wonderful class last week on a filing Vise. He’s a shining star in the world of traditional work right now. #colonialaf #handwork #forgeandfiledDerek Heidemann of Sturbridge Village is up this week teaching a very cool filing vise workshop. You can see the nearly completed vise in the foreground. Here he is tempering a return spring using an old school cool method. #colonial #oldschoolcool #toolstomaketools