New England School of Metalwork 2021 Schedule

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Accredited by the American Bladesmith Society

Introduction to Bladesmithing (2-week course)
March 22 through April 2 –  Tuition: $1,300 –  Material fee: $130
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 4-15, 2021 – Tuition: $1,300  –  Material fee: $130
Instructor: ABS Mastersmith, Brion Tomberlin
Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm, no class on the weekend.
Skill level: Beginner and up

This  two -week  course  is  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

Download the form below, print and fill out, mail or scan/email to us:
Nesm Registration Form

2021 New England Bladesmithing Symposium

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July 9-11, 2021

Offered by the American Bladesmith Society
Hosted by New England School of Metalwork

Hello ALL loyal Hammer-In goers,

We have not given up hope on holding our beloved get together. With some of the obvious conditions and potential dangers we face and are responsible for to have this event, we find ourselves to still be in a planning phase. Much has to be determined and put in place ahead of time to give you the event you know of and expect, therefore, we will make a determination by April 1

Stay safe, Be strong, Forge On !!  PENDING VIRUS CONDITIONS ??

For event information contact Dereck Glaser (207) 777-3375

Get your $65 Pre-Registration Fee in early. Register in the ABS Store or with Cindy Sheely, ABS Manager (419) 832-0400

Accommodation options – more can be found on our website under “Local Amenities and Accommodations”

-The Fireside Inn, (207) 777-1777, Washington St, Auburn, ME.
-Ramada Inn, (207) 784-2331,  490 Pleasant St., Lewiston, ME

Also plan to attend Demonstrators Dinner on Friday night. Lobster Bake purchase deadline is Saturday, noon.

  • Bring examples of your work for the knife show & auction
  • Knife Show Table fee is included in the Registration Fee
  • Registered Tail Gate Sales & Suppliers are welcome
  • Open Forge/Belt Grinding space very limited and based on safety dress code adherence(long pants and leather shoes)

Please mail registration form & check to the ABS or click here ABS Store or register through the ABS Store.