Wow, we’ve been quite busy here at the forge! Exciting things to share, for sure! Firstly, we’re happy to announce that Pete Johnson will be teaching a new class here in the shop, Tong Making 101. During class, students will make 2 pair’s of tongs for themselves and learn the skills plus gain the confidence to make many more on their own. In addition, our knife making class dates will be updated shortly and we’re working on a few new classes to add to the roster.
Over the past two weeks we’ve been designing and building a new power hammer and are really excited to share it with everyone after we run it through it’s paces a few more times, but we’ve been shooting video along the way. Stay tuned!
So what’s going on with Underhill Forge? A lot! In the beginning of 2016 I welcomed Pete Johnson aka Crazy Ivan into the shop and the ball started rolling. We’ve been building stuff, breaking stuff, fixing stuff and shopping for new stuff – and that’s all an understatement! We moved the last of my equipment into the new shop earlier this week, reassembled the old power hammer, built a new coal forge, drank a few beers, swung a hammer or two and actually were more than a little productive. So what lies ahead? Well, for one, Pete’s going to be adding a line of blacksmithing hammers, tools and other blacksmith supplies to our product card; we’ve got new videos planned, we’re adding two new classes later on this year, Blacksmithing Basics and Tool Making, and of course plenty of knives and knife making classes as well. It’s definitely an exciting time here around the shop and we can’t wait to share it with you! Subscribe if you haven’t yet and be sure to check back soon!
New Years Day I got the chance to hang out with Allen Schaeffer of Furnace Creek Forge and Brett Bennett of Bennett Knives and do a little forging. I hope everyone else has had a good New Years so far and I just want to say that I’ve got some pretty exciting stuff on the list for 2016. I picked up a new 2×72 grinder, there’s a Bull style hammer build in the plans, I’ve got another smith coming into the shop, axe making classes are coming, working on new forging hammers, tong designs, leather work and of course more hand forged knives – and this is just the tip of the iceberg! I feel that this is really going to be a break out year for Underhill Forge, I’m getting some great shows lined up, new product and as always a drive and determination to make the very best! Thanks for joining the journey with me in 2015, it’s full steam ahead for this coming year and beyond! Here’s some shots of our work from the Not-Hungover Hammer-in!