05 Nov

Gift Certificates now available!

With only a few weeks to go before the dreaded Christmas shopping season is in full force, right now you can get some of your shopping done at home with plenty of time to spare! Certificates are available for both the two day full knife making class and the single day cable Damascus class. These certificates allow you to give a class as a gift without having to know exactly which dates the recipient might have available. Find the new gift certificates right here!

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19 Oct

New shop tour photo gallery

Classes are quickly approaching, with a lot of dates already filling up for the season. I added a new shop tour page to the website to show current students and prospective students the area and some of the tools and equipment they’ll be working with. Enjoy!

07 Aug

Forge chimney

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!

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29 Jul

A recent custom order

I had the privilege of working with John Finley of tfxstudio making a knife for his wife. Normally, I’d have posted the process of creating this piece here, but as it was a gift, I wanted no chance of ruining the surprise. I gave John daily updates and he decided to take everything I had sent him and wrote a wonder blog piece documenting everything for his wife to read later. You can the article here.

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12 Jul

Making a San Mai Kukri – Part 3

Today I’m posting a follow up to Part 1 and Part 2 of my san mai kukri commission. I was teaching a knife making class this weekend with two teenagers, one of which was my son, so I didn’t have all the time in the world to work on it but there were a few moments when I got to demonstrate a few things and I took advantage of them. Struck while the iron was hot, as we say. Anyway, I got the heat treatments done, polish and the first etching. Also, not pictured, I got the handle roughed out and ready for attachment. I’m going to be casting some pewter for the bolsters and for the cap – hopefully tomorrow. Here’s the new pictures, enjoy!

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Hand polishing. I like to use a push stick to make the job a little easier.

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This is the blade prior to the first etch in ferric chloride. I cleaned and degreased before putting it into the acid.

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After a few light sandings with 400 grit during the etching process.

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A close up of the broad section of the kukri. The 15N20 is the bright, silvery layer and the 1084 is the darker layer. Later, after the handle work, I’ll put the final edge on it and give it another round in the ferric chloride.

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A shot of the reverse side. I still love the randomness I get when making san mai, and after all, I do it purely for artistic reasons.