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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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An intimate look at an Edo katana

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in About Me, Uncategorized | 0 comments

An intimate look at an Edo katana

I’ve recently had the pleasure of examining my first antique Japanese katana. It was a deep experience for me to handle a weapon that was undoubtedly carried at one time by a Samurai warrior several hundred years ago… most likely during the Edo period of Japan. While not an exceptional example in terms of the mountings, they carry the mark of a skilled craftsman. Smelted iron with a clouds and waves motif decorated by nonume zogan gold overlay. The blade itself, however, carries the mark of mastery. The steel called...

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Multi-Bar Composite Pattern Welded Chopsticks or.. ‘iron chopsticks’

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Other | 0 comments

Multi-Bar Composite Pattern Welded Chopsticks or.. ‘iron chopsticks’

These were forged from excess tang material from my last pattern welded sword. Multiple bars of twisted steel forge welded together. They have a bamboo and Lake Superior diver-salvaged old growth maple case.. which also serves as display stand. These are available for purchase. Please contact me for details.

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Wee Seax available!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Available, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Wee Seax available!

Here is a little 4″ plus knife coming together made from composite pattern welded steel and bearing an ancient fossil walrus ivory grip. This is still in progress and will be available very soon…

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Talisman

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Other | 1 comment

Talisman

This is something new for me. It is inspired by the ancient belief that wearing iron was a ward against the faery world. I forged it from some low contrast steel and iron and is larger than a silver dollar. It comes with a beautiful maple burl stand with antique wrought iron nails.

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Gyuto with forge welded iron bolsters and hamon….

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Aldo 1075 steel with 19th century wrought iron bolsters forge welded on just like the ol’times.

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Viking Age Axe available…

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Viking Age Axe available…

Here is an axe made almost exactly as many historical pieces were made. Wrought iron body (salvaged from 19th century Northern Wisconsin wagon), a plate of high carbon along one side and a high carbon bit. The haft is hand carved from osage orange fence post. Light and fast! $300 plus shipping

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Early Medieval Belt Buckle from Old Iron …

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Other | 1 comment

Early Medieval Belt Buckle from Old Iron …

This isn’t the finished buckle.. but getting close!

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Forged Axe

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in About Me, Slider | 0 comments

Forged Axe

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Shathur-Zirak ‘Cloud Spike’

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Swords and Historical | 1 comment

Shathur-Zirak ‘Cloud Spike’

Here is a Tolkien inspired Dwarvish short sword. It is a 7 bar composite pattern welded blade 18″ long. It will be called Shathur-Zirak which means ‘Cloud Spike’ in JRR Tolkien’s Dwarvish language. Forged in the shadow of Bundushathur.. or Cloudyhead Mountain.. to the North of Moria.

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Recreating knives and tools from the ‘Old Copper’ culture

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Available | 4 comments

Recreating knives and tools from the ‘Old Copper’ culture

The knife was made from native float copper..copper that was scoured by glaciers and deposited in various places in Northern Wisconsin. This copper was used extensively by the ‘Old Copper’ culture some 3,000 to 5,000 years ago for weapons, tools and jewelry in the Great Lakes region. It somehow got traded great distances and has even showed in up in Northern Africa. The copper was heated, annealed, pounded flat, chiseled and forged to shape. It was hardened by ‘work hardening’.. a process of physical hardening achieved...

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