On 01/26/2018 we just launched a brand new social website, The Blacksmith Company, which is an online social guild designed for blacksmiths! The aim is to bring a modern face to our community and we invite smiths of all skill levels to join us and help the community grow! http://blacksmithcompany.org
Our class date calendar has expanded! We now have our Two Day Knife Class listed through June of 2018 and our Blacksmith One Day Knife Class until July 2018! From here on out I will be trying to keep the schedule listed 6 months in advance to allow for advance scheduling.
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!: