NESM - ABS Youth Bladesmithing Day

 

Instructor: Tim Potier Master Smith

Associate Instructors: Nick Rossi JS

                                      Ben Breda JS

                                    Herb Kettell

Special Day is February 9

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. 

Derek 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 #toolstomaketoolsBox joint pliers with Peter Ross was amazing. Just like you’d expect. #colonialaf #boxjointtool #toolstomaketoolsAnother fantastic class with @crowellknives. Great student work and great attitudes! Thanks Jim! #crowellknives #mastersmith #greatjobThis just in !!.... the first 5 of the 8 Micro-Air Downdraft tables for the belt grinders going in our new addition..... what? YES, that is A/C you see in the background. The new addition will have A/C, first time on the NESM campus. This all only possible because of you, your donations and support, we’re almost there, just 3 more units to raise funds for, please donate today. #forgedinreality #blacksmithingclass #bladesmithingclass #education #handsonlearningSpaces available in this 2 week ABS Intro class! A great combination of instructors! #abs #americanbladesmith #journeytojsThe 11th annual Bladesmithing Symposium was a success! The most registered attendees EVER! We couldn’t of done it without our tireless volunteers Lucas Damen, Kellen Glaser, Isaiah Washington and Jacob Ward. Also, our Demonstrators Lin Rhea, Jim Crowell and Emiliano Carrillo. Special thanks to Barbara Wechter who is our amazing registrar, and MOST importantly, all the wonderful people who showed up! We are already scheming to top it next year! #bladesmithcommunity #knivesandfriends #forgedWhat an amazing battle! @sunandstarsforge with a repeat win for the 5k making what else, a Seax. Each knife was an incredible triumph in only two hours. Thanks to @rhea_knives @joshaweston and @macevitale for participating. BIG thanks to Maine Oxy and Dan Guerin for the prize money. It was a truly wild show! Swipe for pics of the battle and finished knives. #battleofthebladesmiths #forgedinreality #handmade #bladesmitheducationSafe travels to all of you making your way to NESM from near and far! We hung the sign on our brand new addition and we are so excited to show it off. We’ll see you either tomorrow for the first forging and early registration at 3:30, or on Saturday morning at 8:00. For those registering Saturday morning, arrive early because the line gets LONG. #americanbladesmith #forged #handmade #bladesmitheducation