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Jim Kelso

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  1. Ashokan 2017

    Kevin! Bother! Stop it! There were so many recognizable faces that I couldn't put names to. We'll catch up somewhere. I had a more stressful event than I had hoped for. Saturday was intense making sure everything was ready for my talks. I did see Justin's talk as well as Kevin's and Sam's demo. Justin made so much clear about that particular process and the way toward deducing how stuff is done in general. Kevin was right-on which reinforces the Ashokan "No toadies" standard. Sam in action, on the anvil and otherwise, was peerless. (Jean said he was sweet!) Sunday I got wicked sick, had to leave Tim Wright's talk and was sick into the night. Sadly I missed the open display and the opportunity to visit with everyone. Bummer! The Ashokan folks were awesome as always and let us stay Sunday night and we stumbled home Monday.
  2. Ashokan 2017

    A slide from my talk:
  3. Turtle carving

    Many thanks guys. Much appreciated.
  4. Princess knife for my niece.

    What a sweet gift!
  5. Turtle carving

    If this has anything to do with knives it's that I stole the design from a Kano Natsuo kozuka! The wood did oblige with landscape coloration. The inlaid shell is a super unusual wee bit of Brazilian Ebony. The Head and leg are inlaid horn. I put up some process shots and video on Instagram.
  6. Ashokan 2017

    I'll post a link to the registration asap: Schedule: Friday, September 29 After 2:00 PM! Arrive at Ashokan, registration, unload gear. 4:00-5:00 Set-up forging areas Pavilion and Tent 5:00-6:00 Happy Hour Open Bar Lobby 6:00-7:00 Buffet Dinner 7:00-7:15 Introduction Lecture 7:15 – 8:30 Viking Spears and Construction – Justin Mercier Lecture 8:30– 12:00 Open Forge Pavilion Saturday, September 30 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast 9:00 - 10:00 How to Make a Living as a Knife Maker Without Becoming a Weasel II – Kevin Cashen Lecture 10:00 - 11:00 Blade Forging – Sam Salvati Tent 11:00 - 12:00 Forge Welding – Justin Mercier Tent 12:00 - 1:00 Opening to the Far-Green: Imagination and the Creative Process – Jim Kelso Lecture 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch 2:00 - 3:00 Fundamentals of Mechanical Accuracy – Tim Wright Lecture 3:00 - 4:00 Hands On Class in Comparing Combat Knife Design – Bill McGrath Tent Learn knife katas to see how form follows function. Tent 4:00 - 5:00 How to Grind Forged Blades Like a Stock Remover – Kevin Cashen Tent 5:00 - 6:00 Cold Forming Copper Fittings Using Uchidashi – Jim Kelso Lecture 6:00 - 7:00 Dinner 7:00 - 8:00 Kitchen Knife Theory – Nick Rossi Lecture 8:00 - 9:00 Salt Bath Heat Treatment – Tim Zowada Pavilion 9:00 – 12:00 Open Forge Pavilion Sunday, October 1 Check out of bunk areas before 9:00 AM! 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast 9:00 - 10:00 Fitting Guards and Handles – Nick Rossi Lecture 10:00 – 12:00 Knife Display and Show Dining Hall 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-2:00 Pack-up and clean-up forging areas 2:00 Departure
  7. Ashokan 2017

    I'll check with Tim on registration. Should be available soon. Here is material from last year: http://ashokanknifeseminar.com
  8. Ashokan 2017

    Nothing official yet, Sam or otherwise ...
  9. Ashokan 2017

    I was told a while ago that this is the lineup. Haven't got the official announcement. So far we have: Tim Wright Kevin Cashen Sam Salvati Justin Mercier Rick Barrett Jim Kelso Josiah Boomershine (maybe) Tim Zowada (Maybe) Plus a couple more...
  10. Nyoi / Ruyi Scepter

    And the better photo of ura side:
  11. Nyoi / Ruyi Scepter

    A better overall of omote side:
  12. Nyoi / Ruyi Scepter

    Thanks very much Peter, Karim and Jesus! Peter, I'm sorry the book took so long to get to you, but glad you like it. Thanks so much!
  13. Nyoi / Ruyi Scepter

    Thanks Noah and Brian. Brian, "Bravo!" works for me!
  14. Ashokan 2017

    I was sorely vexed to miss you guys last year...
  15. Nyoi / Ruyi Scepter

    Thanks very much Wes and Chris. Here are some close-ups: