15 May

Making Ferric Chloride for Etching Damascus and San Mai

This is the process I use to make my own ferric chloride for etching San Mai and Damascus knife blades. The ratio is fairly simple, 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to one part ferrous chloride. The first step in this video demonstrates how to make ferrous chloride, the second step changes it rapidly to our desired ferric chloride.

11 May

A minor change

I was having a problem with my Cable Damascus Knife Class, so I cloned it and started a new event with a new URL. This will not affect anyone who has previously registered. The new class event registration URL is http://cableknife.eventzilla.net

10 May

Updated Class Schedule!

Finally worked out the dates for my new class schedule from now until April 2016! I’m doing two different classes for the next year, limited to just 3 students each and all students will make 2 knives during each class.

The first is a 2-day knife making class that will consist of both stock removal and hand forging of blades, plus heat treating, polishing and finishing. There will only be 17 of these weekend classes available from July 2015 through April 23, 2016. $385 http://knifeclass.eventzilla.net

The second class is a Sunday only class on making a wire rope Damascus knife. The class will not only cover the forging the blade but also forge welding, heat treating and finishing. There are only 5 of these classes through April 17, 2016. $140 http://cableknife.eventzilla.net

08 May

Blades and Beers aka the 2015 Mount Hope Brewfest

What better combination than blacksmithing and beer?! Come on out tomorrow to Mount Hopes annual Brewfest where I’ll be demonstrating knife making during at least the first session from 11 until 3! Free beer, free food, entertainment and shopping all around. I was just told there are 58 breweries confirmed for tomorrow! This little festival is really becoming the best around – the action is spread across the entire grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, not some little rinky ¬†dinky parking lot festival like every other brewfest you’ve been to! 21 & over to enter, 11 – 3 & 4:30 – 8:30, Saturday May 9, Rt 72, Manhiem, PA.

06 May

Upcoming shows and demonstrations

Here’s a quick list June ¬†upcoming shows and demonstrations I’ll be doing over the next few months:

May 9 – Mount Hope Brewfest – 11:30 to 3:30 & 4:30 to 8:30, No one under 21 will be admitted, including toddlers and infants. Manheim, PA

May 23, 24, 30, 31, June 6 & 7 – The New Jersey Renaissance Faire – Florence, NJ

June 27 & 28 – Celtic Fling and Highland Games at Mount Hope. Manhiem, PA. All ages welcome.

August 1 through October 25, Saturdays and Sundays plus Labor Day Monday – The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Manhiem, PA.