Here’s a new addition to the shop. I took a 5″x5.25″x11″ block of A2, weighing in at 85lbs, some 4×4’s and metal straps and fabricated a new block anvil. I crew some inspiration from Japanese style anvil – the simple truth is that there’s elegance and function in simplicity. You don’t need a horn or a heel to make a good knife.. And as a bonus, there’s over 25sq inches of sweet spot!
It’s been a little while since I updated the progress on the new shop. While it’s up and running for production, there are still a few things to be done in order to take it up a notch and make it ready for classes in November. First and foremost we cemented the pad outside the shop to stop any moisture from heavy rains. Added a nice three burner range, because coffee is a must. Some storage for both tools and blade steels and some more overhead lighting. Things are really starting to look great, I’m very proud of this new shop and I can’t wait for classes to begin! In other news, we got asked to join Amazon hand made, our one vendor at the PA Ren Faire is getting ready to open a new brick and mortar store not far up the road and there’s rumors of some big stuff coming down the pike. We’ll keep you posted!
Shop update. Setting up the new forge!:
First day of construction. Today I ran 8″ pipe out through the wall and outside. Right now I only have 10′ of chimney running up the outside of the building but I’m going to add another 5′ yet to get it above the roof of the workshop above me. Eventually this will connect to a yet undersigned hood for above a new coal forge. Finally work on the new workshop has begun! Classes begin in November, it’s time to get cracking!
I would like to point out that another, albeit lesser reason, for me hosting my own sales is because I want to be able to accept Bitcoin for my blades. I’ve been a vocal supporter over the years of cryptocurrencies, doing voice overs for related videos, being involved in the development and at one point in time even hosting a weekly podcast. My focus may have changed a little with time and the changes it brings, but I still believe in crypto. eBay may be years out from being willing to accept BTC and I’m just not going to wait any longer. Who knows, I might be one of the first blacksmiths to combine old world craftsmanship with new world money! Don’t worry, those of you who aren’t yet holding any BTC are still able to pay via PayPal and credit cards! 🙂