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What does ‘Story Telling’ have to do with bladesmithing?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in About Me, Welcome | 0 comments

What does ‘Story Telling’ have to do with bladesmithing?

On my homepage you see the tagline ‘Storytelling through the forged blade’.  I thought I’d take a second to explain what I mean by that.  I believe that a forged blade can tell a story in multiple ways. The most obvious is the story that it tells about itself and it’s intended purpose.  For example.. a skinning knife. Elements of it’s story are the facts of itself.. a thin, sharp, lasting edge that is comfortable to hold and has the right edge geometry to do it’s job.  Then the story evolves as...

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For the Love of Iron

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Techniques | 5 comments

For the Love of Iron

                                                                                                                                                                       Cold Iron Gold is for the mistress — silver for the maid – Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade. “Good!” said the Baron, sitting in his hall, “But Iron — Cold Iron...

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A dueling sword: Game of Thrones inspired.. (work in progress)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Available | 0 comments

A dueling sword: Game of Thrones inspired.. (work in progress)

I’ve been captivated by the idea of dueling with the sword for as long as I can remember and I love the light, fast swords that embody the practice.. especially the ones being made from the 16th to 17th Century. I’ve also wanted to make a sword based on Arya’s sword ‘Needle’ from the Game of Thrones ever since I read the books. I’ve dabbled in complex hilts before but haven’t quite gotten what I wanted. One handicap is my terrible 110v buzzbox welder. But I’ve recently come up with an idea that...

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Elm leaf on the Beach… (neck pendant)

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Elm leaf on the Beach… (neck pendant)

Here is a copper pendant with inlaid art-work representing items seen on a walk on in Sturgeon Bay.  There is a fine silver elm leaf with schibuichi (silver/copper) petiole.  The stone is shakudo.. a Japanese alloy made from gold and copper.  And the three sand grains are a different form of shakudo.   The patination is via roshuko. All elements were inlaid via traditional Japanese engraving methods and no solder or glue is involved.   I have it mounted with a simple copper ring on Japanese inro cord…. a braided cord from Japan made...

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Bamboo netsuke carved from boxwood…

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Bamboo netsuke carved from boxwood…

This is a traditional Japanese netsuke that was carved from Laotian boxwood and based on an original antique. My version is boxwood instead of ivory and there are local glacial copper incipient shoots rather than being carved from the base material.  It comes with a traditionally braided Japanese inro cord and a Lake Superior diver salvaged black oak base for display. This can be considered a stand-alone art piece for display or be used as a netsuke for either traditional Japanese dress or holding a pouch, box etc through belt or...

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Trade Hawk

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trade Hawk

Here is a little trade hawk forged from a farrier’s rasp.  It has hand-hewn ash haft.. fit from top via tear-drop shape. A traditionally hafted hawk. It has a separate high carbon bit (1084) welded down the middle for the edge.   Available for $150.00      

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Surprise Kiri-Dashi

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Surprise Kiri-Dashi

Here is a kiridashi hidden inside of a Eucalyptus burl box. The box works via a friction-fit bamboo pin and rotates on the axis of the pin. The pin can also be removed.  The box is carried via the traditional method of  netsuke, ojime bead and inro cord.  The netsuke is a natural type made from local shipwreck wrought iron. The ojime bead is ancient fossilized walrus ivory. The kiridashi is laminated steel and bears my inlaid bronze maker’s mark.  It is manipulated and opened by sliding the netsuke and ojime bead up or down the cord...

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‘Shards of Northern Wisconsin’ bladesmith gathering.. 2014

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in About Me | 0 comments

‘Shards of Northern Wisconsin’ bladesmith gathering.. 2014

An annual gathering of bladesmiths, swordsmiths, blacksmiths and a luthier at my place.  There was smithing, smelting, forging, sword duelling, feasting and creating.  It’s an incredible experience with some of the world’s most talented people.

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Saami Whittler

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Other | 5 comments

Saami Whittler

This small carving knife is inspired by the beautiful tools of the Saami people of Northern Scandinavia, a nomadic folk of the arctic tundra.  This piece is made from shed moose antler and 1075 steel.    The engraving on the antler is inspired by artwork commonly seen on Saami tools and knives.  You can see a snow flake and wood worker.   My version of this style incorporates the traditional Japanese technique of being able to disassemble the entire knife via a single peg.  The blade is 3″ long.   The bead is made from Jack pine...

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Sake Cup Netsuke

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Available, Other | 1 comment

Sake Cup Netsuke

This piece represents a new angle I will be taking with my work. It’s partly an attempt at learning new methods to add detail to my bladesmithing work but I’m also loving the art itself.  Another avenue for combining metal and organic materials. Netsuke are miniature carvings/sculptures that are used in conjunction with a braided cord, an ojime bead and an inro (small box for keeping medicine or other small, important objects). They are work through the sash of traditional Japanese dress. This particular piece was inspired by an...

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Osage Woodsman’s Knife

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Hunters | 1 comment

Osage Woodsman’s Knife

I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to improve my wood work in terms of both my wood carving and blade mounting.  This piece gave me the opportunity to practice both.  The lanyard bead is the tip of some moose antler that I carved into a tiny ‘nisse’ head.. or Scandinavian gnome.  The sheath is based on the traditional work of the Saami culture of Northern Scandinavia.  It require an exact fitment of the blade and handle for a ‘snap fit’.  The knife itself is a fusion of Scandinavian puukkos and ancient...

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