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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 | 7 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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Brass-Heart Dirk…

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Available, Swords and Historical | 1 comment

Brass-Heart Dirk…

This is a reproduction of a historical piece that, to me, was one of the most spectacular of all Scottish Highland weapons. My version has a blade forged from 80CVR2 and walnut grip with bronze and brass fittings.  OAL 19.25″, 14.25″ blade, 2″ wide blade at grip,  4.5″ grip (including haunches and pommel).   This will be offered at $1150 with options for sheath.

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Viking type C sword

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Viking type C sword

The Type C Viking sword represents one of the true ‘Viking’ swords in that it was made by Vikings for Vikings using Viking resources in Scandinavia.  They had simple, rough iron hilts and non-pattern welded blades.  Most swords were imported in from Germanic areas of Northern Europe.. so I feel this type is special.  My version has a 5160 blade @ 24 inches in length (a bit on the short side compared to most examples.. but still within range) and is 1 and 3/4″ wide.  The total length is 30″ with the balance point 3.5...

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Juniper Puukko

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Available | 0 comments

Juniper Puukko

The blade on this knife was forged from shear steel made in my shop.   This was done by adding carbon to 19th century wrought iron by soaking in a canister at high heat for 3 hours.  This is an ancient process.   The steel is very hard and shows beautiful character.   The handle is from old growth juniper that I found while on a hike in Colorado.  A knife like this is a type that goes far back into antiquity.  The style (despite the artistic leeway with the handle material) would have been used by both the Celts and Vikings.   The...

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Castillon dagger from shear steel…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Available, Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Castillon dagger from shear steel…

This is a dagger based on one found from the Battle of Castillon and dates to 1453.  It is a knighly thrusting style dagger and one of beautiful proportions. In fact.. after seeing it for the first time I was inspired to design my own version of it using the geometric sword design theory as put forth by the Swedish swordsmith Peter Johnsson.  This theory involves the observation that some medieval swords may have been designed using the same methods in which Gothic cathedrals were created.  It utilizes a beautiful system of interrelated...

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Forged Hammer…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Forged Hammer…

This cross-pein hammer was forged from 1045 tool steel and is hafted with a beautiful piece of maple from my firewood pile.   It weighs 2 pounds and 5 oz.    The face is slightly convex but can be re-dressed to suit your needs.  It feels robust and powerful in the hand.   I’m asking $125 shipped to any location within the continental US.  For international orders.. please inquire regarding shipping rates.

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Dragon-Spine.. an Anglo-Saxon inspired seax…

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Dragon-Spine.. an Anglo-Saxon inspired seax…

This Anglo-Saxon inspired knife has a 3-bar composite pattern-welded blade (15n20/1084) at 7 1/4″ and 13″ OAL. It is 3/16″ at the blade/grip junction. The grip is some very ancient bog yew that I purchased from a family of cabinet makers in the UK. The carvings on the blade are from Anglo-Saxon art and are in the Trewhiddle style. This comes with a center seam sheath which is made from two-ply calf skin and bears a walrus ivory sword-bead. I’ve since stained the sheath to a dark brown. The price includes shipping to...

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Shards 2016 (more to come)…

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in About Me, Other, Welcome | 0 comments

Shards 2016 (more to come)…

I’m hoping to gather up all of the images from my event ‘Shards of the North’ that happened this past weekend… But here is a blog post by one of the participants that captures an important part of the event….   http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2016/06/in-the-forge.html

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A pendant in silver-bearing chlorite…

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Other | 0 comments

A pendant in silver-bearing chlorite…

I found this beautiful green stone up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan while searching for native copper.  It was laying in a pile of ‘poor rock’ or the waste rock from an abandoned copper mine. It is a mineral called chlorite which is very similar to jade in many respects and has a long tradition in southeast Asia for carving it into pendants and effigies.  The piece that I found is very special in that it bears inclusions of pure native silver…. silver in it’s metallic form.  You can see the silver as tiny, shiny...

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Bone Awl with Rosewood…

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Other | 0 comments

Bone Awl with Rosewood…

I’ve recently carved a few pieces inspired by the work of Stephen Myhre as well as my years spent working on the Pacific ocean. While guiding and diving among the Channel Islands off the coast of California I was struck by the similarity in art and craft of the the Chumash people, the island’s previous inhabitants, to the Polynesian people of the South Pacific.  This awl is carved from an ancient piece of fossilized walrus jawbone and it is held by a ‘canoe’ of Pacific rosewood. It is held firmly in place by friction...

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Fish hook Pendant…

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Other | 0 comments

Fish hook Pendant…

I’ve recently carved a few pieces inspired by the work of Stephen Myhre as well as my years spent working on the Pacific ocean. While guiding and diving among the Channel Islands off the coast of California I was struck by the similarity in art and craft of the the Chumash people, the island’s previous inhabitants, to the Polynesian people of the South Pacific.  This fish hook is carved from local whitetail deer  leg bone.  The lashing is beeswax impregnated braided cord and will be fastened via a loop and deer antler bead. I...

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