Intermediate Bladesmithing

with

Ben Breda JS

Class runs: October 7-11

Tuition: $630

Material fee: $60

Skill level: Seasoned Beginner and up with a minimum of a NESM Beginner Bladesmithing course or ABS Intro. 

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       This 5 day workshop is a comprehensive bladesmithing class. Conducted at a pace for those who know the basics already, the goal will be to produce a complete, hidden tang knife with a 4 to 6 inch mono-steel blade with the concentration being placed on proper guard and handle fit up. The blade will be mounted with a stainless guard and exotic wood handle. This will be an intense, fast paced class. Topics covered will be knife design, a more proficient understanding of metallurgy, efficient blade forging techniques, grinding, heat treating, handles and guards. This class would be a great jumping off point for a student that wants to take their knifemaking to the next level. For student who have completed an ABS Intro. course and want to know how to get their knives prepared and outfitted, this course will expose those next steps. Because of the nature of this class there is a prerequisite of a NESM beginner bladesmithing or ABS Intro class or equivalent.

 

    This class is considered a crossover for those who have had the ABS Intro course and want to know what to do with your blades to go into an ABS Handles and Guards course or for those who simply need that professional insight into producing a finished more complex knife. 

 

 

   In order to teach and produce a cleaner more professional knife; the size, design and style of the knife will be pre determined by the instructor and a scale drawing supplied to each student upon enrollment. 

    

      Ben Breda is a local Journeyman Bladesmith from Hope, Maine. He got his start in knife making at the New England School of Metalwork in 2012, since then he has studied under several Mastersmiths such as Jim Crowell, Tim Potier, Rick Dunkerley, and Kevin Cashen. Ben received his Journeyman stamp from the American Bladesmith Society in 2014 at the Atlanta Blade show. He was also awarded the George Peck award for the best knife submitted by a Journeyman applicant. Ben has been a full time maker since 2016, he specializes in hand forged heirloom quality fixed blades as well as folding  knives. I am honored to be given the opportunity to teach the Intermediate class at NESM, and I am looking forward to taking the students through the process of a forged knife from start to finish.

 

 

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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