Announcing the 2022
Ashokan Blade Seminar!
September 23-25, 2022
The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, NY
The New England Bladesmiths Guild’s seminar at Ashokan is one of the oldest and most prestigious hammer-ins in America. You will learn history, design concepts, metallurgy, forging and finishing techniques, and heat treatment. This is a multi-level workshop for beginners and experienced craftsmen alike, with both forging demonstrations by world renowned craftsmen and hands-on forging opportunities. Equipment, steel, and coal will be provided and available for sale to begin your own home workshop!

This is a dual meet with the Northeast. Blacksmiths Association, so more fun with more blacksmiths!
Kevin Cashen will start things off on Friday evening with an introduction and a warm welcome.
He will continue with a discussion on diffusion, the Processes of Adding, or Losing Carbon in Steel.
Saturday morning, David Barnhill will share his knowledge on making and workin with Mokume.
Next the program will migrate to the demonstration tent were Rob "Deker" will demystify the process making pattern welded steel. Then it is back to the lecture hall were Ben Breda will share his knowledge on knife design and construction. Ashokan chef Bill Waren and his staff will then provide a hearty lunch, and there will be an opportunity to purchase Bladesmith Guild merchandise.
After lunch, martial arts expert Bill McGrath will offering a workshop on the pros and cons of various weapons in self defense situations. Then it is back to the demo tent where Jonathan Nedbor will demo basic forging technics and fire tending skills. Next, Ben Breda shares his process of blade grinding, and David Barnhill wraps up the afternoon with a lecture on liquid phase mokume.
Which of these weapons would you choose to defend yourself?
After dinner Kevin Cashen once again takes the stage to enlighten us all about a unique style of a historic blade called the Khukuri.

As the daylight fades, Emiliano Carrillo will demonstrate how to heat treat blades for a beautiful hamon.

Topping off the evening will be our traditional memorial tribute with fine beverages and snacks for all to enjoy, and a raffle of a custom- made blade to support this special part of our program.
On Sunday morning, Emiliano will be back on center stage with a demo on Japanese Style Polishing with Modern Materials.
As usual, we will be closing both days with "open forge" time led by Herb Kettle and the weekend will culminate with a knife show. Be sure to bring your finest work to sell, trade, or just brag about! As always, tailgaters and venders are welcome at no additional charge.
To learn more about the demonstration team and see a detailed schedule, visit our website at
Comfortable Lodging and Tasty Meals
Come for the food, and stay for the demo!
  • $35 Sunday Lecture, Knife show and lunch
  • $160 Saturday Demo, lunch, all day beverages.
  • $200 Saturday Demo, 3 meals, and evening program.
  • $360 Demo, 6 meals, 2 nights bunkhouse style lodging
  • A limeted number of private rooms at Red Maple Lodge are available at an additional $110 per night. Reply to this email to request a reservation.

Early bird prices shown here are valid thru September 17th. More options and $70 student discounts are available on the REGISTRATION PAGE
Payment Options:
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required! Please register on-line and choose one of the following options.
  • Credit Card via Paypal
  • Mail check (Must be received by Sept. 3rd to hold your place)
Due to a high volume of people registering and not showing up "Pay at the Door" is no longer an option!
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration before 9/3/21, you will receive a full refund. After 9/3/21, you may chose a 50% refund or full credit toward a future seminar.
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Northeast Blacksmiths Association Fall Hammer-In September 23-25 2022.
For the weekend demo, Leonid Karelshteyn plans to work on a variety of decorative elements and methods of joinery with tenons and collars, showing process
and tooling. As the weekend progresses, these elements will be combined and assembled into a chair of modern design. See more photos of Leonid’s
work on Facebook.

For more info visit Northeast Blacksmiths web page. Registration opens August 6, 2022.