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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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Relic Cloak Pin… pattern-welded steel…

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Relic Cloak Pin… pattern-welded steel…

Here is a cloak pin designed to turn pretty much any blanket into a cloak. I forged it from pattern welded steel.  I designed the pin to be fairly large so that the pattern welding would be clearly visible so I recommend using this with old wool blankets or items in which you don’t mind poking a hole into.  For nicer garments I recommend making a permanent, re-enforced holes.  There are quite few online tutorials on how to use these in various ways.  Google ‘blanket pins’.. and explore.  It is a very comfortable way to...

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Early Scottish Dirk…

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Available, Swords and Historical | 2 comments

Early Scottish Dirk…

Here is a Scottish dirk style that represents the transition between the dudgeon and ballock daggers of the medieval period and the later and fancier formal dirk. It bears a 12 inch high layer damascus blade of 15n20 and 1084 with a pattern that you will see from me again. The handle is boxwood (Buxus sp.) and represents my most ambitious...

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Northwoods #01, Cope’s Gray treefrog and scrub oak

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Northwoods #01, Cope’s Gray treefrog and scrub oak

This is the first in a five knife series. The series will consist of knives related to the preparation of food (either outdoor or indoor) and have boxwood handles with carved motifs inspired by the Northwoods of the Great Lakes region where I live. The themes will range from natural history to cultural. This first knife is a sashimi knife blade shape...

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A Hobbit’s Puukko…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

A Hobbit’s Puukko…

Here is a 3″ blade puukko forged from composite pattern welded steel.  It has mammoth ivory spacer and Castello boxwood grip featuring Anglo-Saxon dot ring carvings.  It comes with center-seam sheath and Castello boxwood spoon that serves as a ‘stopper’ or netsuke for carry through belt, belt loop or pack straps.  Very nice way to carry a sheath. I’m asking $300 for this knife.    

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Wrought Iron Trade Hawk with baldric…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Axes | 2 comments

Wrought Iron Trade Hawk with baldric…

Here is a traditionally welded Fur Trade era trade hawk forged from a beautiful piece of 19th century wrought iron anchor chain and high carbon bit welded all the way back to eye.  The haft is hand-hewn figured maple from my firewood pile.  The baldric is based on an actual artifact worn by the English indian agent Alexander McKenzie.  It wears wonderfully and to me is the perfect way to carry a hawk.   I’m asking $225 for this package.

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Translating the California kelp forest into metal….

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Professional Knife Photography | 2 comments

Translating the California kelp forest into metal….

It has been a goal of mine to take my past experiences diving and photographing the glorious California kelp forest ecosystem and bring it to life in iron and copper based Japanese alloys.  I’m just now getting to the point where I feel like I’m gaining the skills to begin a body of work based on this idea and I feel like there is an opportunity to capture the life, movement and colors of this incredible part of the world using classic Japanese metal work.  I’m still working on a specific path… but this post...

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Jian

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Slider, Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Jian

The jian is a Chinese sword with a long and wondrous history spanning time periods from the Chinese Bronze Age to contemporary martial arts.  My take on it represents a fusion between the famous bronze Warring States swords and the iron swords of the Qin dynasty.   The composite pattern welded blade is composed of three separate bars with the center two being twisted in opposing ways.   The bronze guard and pommel were sand cast in a rough state and then hand carved using motifs from the...

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Migration Period Ring-Sword

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Slider, Swords and Historical | 1 comment

Migration Period Ring-Sword

A sword inspired by the ‘ring-swords’ of the Migration Period.  The ring was a symbol of fealty and loyalty to your thane in Germanic culture.  My version has a composite pattern-welded blade made from forging individual bars, twisting them and forge welding them together.  The hilt has iron, old growth black oak salvaged by divers from the bottom of Lake Superior, moose antler and Seymcham meteorite.  While this sword is not considered a replica, it was made in a manner very like the wondrous swords used by the Anglo-Saxons...

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