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!
I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Some of you may have been curious as to what’s going on and, frankly, there’s a lot happening. First and foremost, I am no longer associated with LaForge Weapons in any way. This means I will no longer be demonstrating bladesmithing at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in the near future. It also means that they will not be carrying any of my blades. I have completed my move of all my large equipment from the old shop and have consolidated everything into the new one.
Secondly, I’m happy to announce that the Pyrates Treasure will be carrying my current and future inventory. That’s right, the new shop is up and operational and I’m still working on new and exciting pieces!
Knife making classes will still be happening as planned and they’ve begun booking up so save your spot soon! I’m really looking forward to classes in the new shop!
As some of you know, swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger has joined me in this new adventure and we’ve already begun work on new projects and some future venues, so stay tuned we’ll be showing some of them off shortly.
Lastly, as we go through this transition, I figured it befitting a change of name. It’s no longer just me in the shop and, while I’ll still be using the name JWS Blades – very shortly we’ll make the change to our new name for our new venture. While a little premature until the branding is finished, let me be the first to say, welcome to the new Underhill Forge!
I’ve had some things going on at home that have required my attention over the past few days. We’ve finally (although a few weeks sooner than we had originally planned) moved my son, Asher, down here from Warren and we’re excited about getting him settled in – but that means enrolling in school, physicals, orientation and guidance counsellor meetings, so it’s kept me out of the shop for the past few days. Asher will actually be joining me for my last knife making class of the summer, which is going to be cool because it’s been a few years since he’s gotten to make a knife! Fun father and son bonding stuff! I’m holding off on finishing the san mai kukri for the moment to use as a demonstration in class, so we’ll get some updates on that piece later this weekend. Hopefully Monday we’ll all be settled into the groove and back on target. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire opens in just 3 short weeks and I’ve got some knives to make! In the meantime, The Arkham Miscellany, is going to begin selling my knives in the immediate future, so follow them on eBay for a chance to pick up some great pieces not available here on the site! I’m also still updating this site with some knives that will only be available here and at either the Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania Renaissance Faires or King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back with an update soon!
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Today I ran a solo class for a new student, Sam. Great day as always and I’m proud of how everything is progressing. I’ve said many times in the past of how impressed I am by some of the students I get and Sam is no exception. I’m really looking forward to sharing his finished knives with you on Friday, but first, here’s some pictures from today: