Forging the Confection Cleaver: Part 3

Now that the blade was shaped and a guard was in place, it was time for the big (for me) challenge: the handle. My experience making handles is rather limited. I've made two during my first knife class (made from slabs of wood) and one during my sword class (cut into two slabs for a... Continue Reading →

Forging the Confection Cleaver: Part 2

As I mentioned last week, I've worked on a project for an old student of mine as a wedding present. After the process of forging the blade, I had two important parts to finish, even if they weren't very big: the guard and the handle. The guard presented it's own challenge for me. I've only... Continue Reading →

Forging the Confection Cleaver: Part 1

One of the coolest (or most annoying) parts about being a blacksmith: having someone tell you of a project they have in mind. Some of these projects are fun, push your knowledge of the craft into new venues, and test your skills. I didn't expect a project to push me this hard to come from... Continue Reading →

The Problem of Blacksmithing Books

As a librarian, research is my thing. If someone asks for information, I usually point them to a book or some other credible resource. I hunt down information and hand it off to whoever needs it and think nothing of it. Sometimes, though, "credible resources" aren't so credible, especially when it comes to blacksmithing books.... Continue Reading →

Behind the Scenes As An NPC

When not playing the games I've recently reviewed, I've had my hands full with a few things that are coming up that will impact my ability to post over the coming weeks. I know some of you are actually following my weekly posts, so please accept my apology in advance that I may be missing... Continue Reading →

Sweetrolls a la Fallout

By Engi, 06 February 2016 Sure sure, sweetrolls are just an inside joke for Bethesda Softworks, but hey, who says an easter egg can't be the subject of Smorgasdork's kitchen? No one, that's who. That being said, we have a couple of options for crafting the delectable dessert. Which of Bethesda's sweetrolls are we going... Continue Reading →

Braum’s Beer Pretzels (Braumetzels)

By Engi, 13 December 2015 Last week I was at the Sangawa Project in Pittsburgh, PA with our Sticky Bunton affiliates meeting new people, hanging out at panels, and, most importantly, spreading the goodness of freshly baked goods. Several days before the convention I decided that I was going to, you guessed it, make another... Continue Reading →

Blue Sky

By Engi, 28 November 2015 This particular post is one that I've been wanting to do since I started Smorgasdork. I was a huge fan of Breaking Bad, binging the entire show a week before the finale. The story of a family man turned drug kingpin was a fascinating story of change. We often see... Continue Reading →

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