30 Jun

Celtic Fling update and what’s next!

Day 2 of Celtic Fling was a lot nicer in the weather department, no rain, perfect temperatures.. still, I think day 1’s rain really deterred a lot of visitors. I wont lie, it wasn’t the best Celtic Fling I’ve done, probably close to the worst financially, but this is the business. When you start working outdoor events, you need to plan that every day can be rained out. It’s not the fault of the organizers, it’s not the weatherman’s fault, there’s no one to blame – it’s just nature! That aside, I still got the opportunity to talk with some great people on both days, made some new friends and some I really hope to see as students this coming fall. That reminds me, if you’re interested in taking classes, the new fall/winter schedule has been arranged and so far, only a few students have booked and every class still has openings! Once the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire begins in August, I expect classes to start filling up fast, last year my class schedule was booked in 3 weeks, just to give you an idea, so now’s the time to grab the dates you want! Anyway, it was great being out at Mount Hope for the Celtic Fling, weather aside, I had a great time as always. Coming up, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, King Richard’s Faire and the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival!

27 Jun

Celtic Fling, Day 1

It was raining, it was pouring, but I wasn’t exactly snoring. Yeah, it was a little wet today, but I did get to finish up some pieces I’ve been working
on and I got to forge 6 feet of chain! Not exactly sure what I’ll use it for but I’m sure there’s an up coming project that it’ll fit in nicely with. I also got to design a sheath for my latest neck knives. Anyhow, it was good to get to talk with everyone I did, you’re all troopers in my book. Tomorrow is going to be darn near perfect!

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20 Jun

Blacksmiths Knives

These were the simple designed knives that really made me first become interested in my craft. Yeah, there’s no woodwork, it looks easy to make, but let me tell you, getting it “just right” takes a lot more skill and effort than most people think. Anyway, these particular pieces are on their way to Warren for the Paranormal Faire taking place June 27 & 28.

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19 Jun

Casting Pewter On Knives for Bolsters

Just finished my latest video, a demonstration of casting pewter directly onto knives for bolsters. Enjoy!

15 Jun

A New Anvil Stand

This past Sunday I ran up the road to a friend and fellow PABA members shop to pick up an anvil stand that he was getting rid of. Randy McDaniel is the author of A Blacksmithing Primer and his latest book Hydraulic Forging Press for the Blacksmith. Randy is currently in the process of moving to West Virginia and understandably didn’t want to haul too much dead weight around with him. Today I levelled off the top with some concrete, hopefully by this afternoon I’ll get to give it a spin. The entire pillar was made from concrete cast into a t1-11 mold and weighs in just shy of 415 lbs. It’s almost 32″ tall, and about 12.5″ of that is buried in the ground of my shop. Otherwise, just doing some needed improvements around my demonstration area at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, almost done with the wood and trim, with luck by the weekend I’ll get to build that new hood for over top my forges that I’ve been talking about for the past 4 years. 🙂 Thanks again Randy for this great piece, I look forward to giving it many more years of use!

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