Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fun with handles July 2018

These are all going to the same person.
I've going through epoxy and handle material like nobody's business.  The problem with making mass quantities of blades is that they
will then need handles.  It's not my favorite part of the process but it is a critical one.  The knife/human interface can make or break a knife.  A great blade with an ill fitted or uncomfortable handle is an unpleasant experience at best.

Camo G10 scales for this little paring knife

My new EDC blade.  1095 with black,tan and white G10 with a red spacer.

This is one of the first blades to get Mr Chad's new maker's mark.

I think I'd like a brighter more bold red if I was to do this again

Some random summer flowers around the farm.

Monday, July 16, 2018

I haven't been a total slacker since the last post

A customers damascus skinner with snakewood scales

A little skinner with G10 scales

Some strikers ready for sale

Sunday, June 17, 2018

BIG NEWS!!!! Tune into Forged in Fire this Tuesday June 19th 2018 to see Chad doing his thing on national TV

Big Chad who was my apprentice is going to be appearing on the season 5 episode 16 titled Bagh Nakh
Since the filming Chad has got his own maker's mark and has been turning out quality blades of his own.  We work together whenever we get the chance. He was over to shop yesterday for several hours. We are planning on doing alot more damascus blade collaboration.
Chad's maker's mark

I've updated the past works gallery

I've updated the past works gallery so our more recent work is easier to find.

We've been busy in the shop 06/18

I've been trying to get the hang of doing hamons.  I think I'm finally getting some where.   I have another half dozen blades the are awaiting a trip the acid bath.
Some recently completed damascus blades

Blades that are in various states of doneness
Playing around with some old farriers rasps

Rasp knife with paracord handle

Successful chop test. I could still shave the hair on my arm when I finished chopping.
Sashimi Blade MK I no mod

A little survival knife that fits in a BDU cargo pocket.  It's for my own use and I needed more practice doing hamons

The new anvil stand. I was tired of moving the big stump when I had to go to demos. I liked it so much I just ditched the stump.  It's just as stable as the stump, but way easier to move around the shop.
A pic of the aptly named Boulder Lake on memorial day.  The lake is hard on the bottom of canoes if the bow person is not doing their job.  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

I won't be at TJ's today

Sorry, not feeling up to snuff today.   No sleep and extra pains and aches. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

May Shows

Greeting friends and patrons!  Hope spring is treating you well.

May marks the opening of our busy season!  We are working on filling our calendar with event venues.

Our first May event is at TJ's street market in Mahtowa, MN on Sunday, May 13th for Carlton County's largest spring chicken, goat, and horse tack swap.  And of course, TJ's delicious wurst!
TJ's is located at 2751 Market Street, Mahtowa, MN
Take I-35 Mahtowa exit 227 and go west about 2 miles on County Road 4 (follow signs)

Swap opens at 9am and runs until everyone goes home.  Hope to see you there!

HBI is also gearing up for our show at the Barefoot Gardens Greenhouse in McGregor.  We will have our coal forge stoked and hammers ringing.  Hope you will drop by and see us.

41823 185th Pl
McGregor, MN 55760
Phone: 218.768.3651
3 miles East of McGregor on Hwy 210
Or 6 miles West of Tamarack


Barefoot Gardening Day
Barefoot Gardens Greenhouse

May 19th, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm

Speaker Schedule:
10:00 Fruit Tree Care
10:30 Honey Bees
11:00 Rice Lake Refuge
11:30 Hunchback Ironworks
12:00 Lunch Break
12:30 Maple Ridge Farms
1:00 Tamarack Pest Control
1:30 Essential Oils & Wellness
2:00 Wilma
 2:30 Open

Thank you for attending Barefoot Gardening Day.

And, as usual we will be at the Moose Lake Flea Market and Farmers Market at the Riverside Arena.  The Flea Market generally opens Memorial Day weekend, please stay tuned for additional details!