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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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Translating the California kelp forest into metal….

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Professional Knife Photography | 0 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 | 0 comments

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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Viking style axe available…

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Available, Axes | 0 comments

Viking style axe available…

Forged and punched from 1″ square 5160 tool steel.  2 pounds 8 0z. including haft.  Haft is ash and 30″ long.  The blade edge is 7″ along edge and the head measures 5.5 inches from edge to poll.   I’m asking $225 plus shipping.

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Took River Knife… and Whiskey Noggin

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Hunters & Puukkos | 1 comment

Took River Knife… and Whiskey Noggin

Here is a hobbit knife. Imagine it hanging on the belt of Peregrin took as he paddles across the Brandywine on the way to Bree for a bit of adventure and mischief.  The pattern welded blade is composed of piled layers of 15n20 and 1084 and the handle is moose antler and wire brushed wenge.  It is 7″ total length.  A very comfortable little knife.. a design that has essentially remain unchanged for centuries.  The whiskey (or tea) noggin is carved from a scrub oak burl found on my land.  Perfect size for a quick sip! Noggins are...

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Copper Culture Art Series…

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Copper Culture Art Series…

Here are some things inspired by the natural resources of where I live.. the Northwoods of the Lake Superior region. It is an area rich in native copper.. metallic copper found right on the ground and immediately useable for forging into tools and vessels. This copper was the primary material for tool making some 4 to 6 thousand years ago in this region. I have two items available related to this… a glacial float copper bowl/sculpture forged from a 15 pound boulder of native copper. The copper is beautiful and is alloyed with pure...

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Return of the Pillaging axe…

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Return of the Pillaging axe…

This axe reminds me of one I called the ‘Pillager’ a couple of years ago.  It is a Viking style axe forged from a single piece of 5160 and the total weight, including haft, is 2 pounds 12 oz. The haft is hand-hewn Diamond willow.. a beautiful, light and strong wood. I’m asking $200 as pictured. ...

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Shear Steel Kogatana

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Other | 2 comments

Shear Steel Kogatana

Here is a laminated kogatana-type Japanese inspired knife.  It can be used as a small general use utility knife and is razor sharp. It will have a neck lanyard for use as a ‘neck knife’ if this is desired or it’s compact enough to fit in a front pocket. And with the display it can be kept on a desk top.  The blade was forged from shear steel I made in my woodstove by encasing historical wrought iron in clay and charcoal and baking for a week or so to carburize it into blister steel and then fold into a ‘shear...

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