JD Smith

began his career as a bladesmith in 1982. Early on he continued with his long standing career as a Jazz trombonist, but with time made bladesmithing his main focus.

A member of the ABS, he passed from Apprentice to Journeyman in 1995, and then to Mastersmith in 1998 receiving the B.R. Hughes award for best MS candidate in 1998. Later in 2009 he was awarded the "Master Artisan & Craftsman of Massachusetts" award by the Mass. Cultural Council.

In 1996 he began teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he holds a position to date. It was here I was fortunate enough to meet him and become his apprentice from 2012 through 2016.