Accredited by the American Bladesmith Society

Introduction to Bladesmithing (2-week course)
March 14 through March 25
Instructor:  ABS Mastersmith, Timothy Potier
Monday through Friday, 8am—5pm each day, no class on weekend in-between
Skill level: Beginner and up

Handles and Guards (1-week course)
June 20-24
Instructor:  ABS Mastersmith, Timothy Potier
Monday through Friday, 8am—5pm each day, no class on weekend in-between
Skill level: Beginner and up

Introduction to Bladesmithing (2-week course)
October 24 – November 2
Instructor: To Be Announced
Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm, no class on the weekend.
Skill level: Beginner and up

Intro to Bladesmithing is a two-week course designed for anyone interested in making high quality, hand-forged blades and includes lecture and hands-on work, all taught by ABS Master Smiths.  Metal selection, blade function and different blade design will be discussed. Hand forging to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering will all be taught. These semi-finished blades will be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility.  Handles and guards are not   of this course but be thoroughly discussed and students should be prepared to venture into a Handles and Guards course next.

Within the two weeks of training, students should be able to make a blade which will pass the equivalent of a Journeyman Smith Performance Test. Successful completion of this course will reduce the required three (3) year waiting period as an ABS Apprentice member by one (1) year and will be eligible to submit their knives for ABS Journeyman Smith judging in two (2) years.

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Classes conducted at:
New England School of Metalwork
7 Albiston Way, Auburn, Maine 04210
for additional Class Schedule and Registration Information
Contact Dereck Glaser (207) 777-3375
or Email dglaser@newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com

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