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: Blacksmithing R&D

Going into blacksmithing, I knew there would be a number of experiments to perform, trial designs, and failed ideas. After a few experiments over the past few months, I thought I'd share a few with you. ==Project #1: Ring Knife== A week after I took my first blacksmithing class, I visited my mother for Thanksgiving... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Afterthoughts

I've done something that many nerds want to do, but never learn the skills to do it. Many people walk into a smithy for a class or demonstration and demand to know how to make a sword, not understanding the techniques, time, and effort involved in doing so. As much fun as I had over... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Day 5

Not quite 24 hours, but the need to hurry was surely running the show! Sadly, there were a number of things slowing us down, namely access to tools. The first step I had of the morning was to grind out a few imperfections (we had two grinders for twelve people) so I could do what... Continue Reading →

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