Monday, September 11, 2017

Even more knives..I need more epoxy to keep going

I'm trying to  get my knife stock bumped up to a nice level for the start of hunting season.   It's time to grind out another couple of dozen.
Skinners and hunters ready for new homes

One of the reasons to wear a respirator.

Friday, September 8, 2017

More Damascus Blades

 Fun with etchant and the polishing wheel.  I think the patterns turned out very nice.  Now for the handles....

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Working on a BIG anvil was a joy!

At the steam show in Esko,MN we had a blast working and demonstrating our craft.  The crowd enjoyed our work and we had a lot of people stop by.  There were awnings over our "porch" so we had a place for the fair goers to watch while escaping the rain.  There was a lot of rain. 
It was a joy to work on the huge anvil in their shop.  It weighs 400-500 pounds and had enough room for two of to hammer at the same time. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Heat treat for our swords is ready for it's trial run

A lot has happened this week.  The best news for the shop is we have scored a 50 lb Little Giant power hammer.  It is the big brother to the wee 25 pounder we are using now.  We even got it for a reasonable price.   Yay for us!!
Then I found out we are going to be blacksmithing at the fair in Esko.  We are going to be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week.  The heat treat tub for our long blades is ready for it's test run.  That is pretty exciting for us because that opens up alot of new doors.
The hydraulic press is back in action  and has new dies so we can start working with canister Damascus.   Stay tuned for more exciting goings on!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Goins on at the shop this week mid to late August 2017

The burners for the heat treat tank for the swords arrived and is now put together.  Fire is good.

The Wagner's got the new sign post for their old sign.  I forgot to snap a pic after it was painted black.

Here is the mighty Chad doing some noisy work to get the new tank ready for the burners.  Turn up the volume for the best effect.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Goings on at the shop late July and early August 2017

There has been alot of the world famous "Tasty Beverage Holders" going out the door.   Hopefully we'll have the the stock levels up for this weekend at Moose Lake.

We have new dies for the trip hammer.  The old ones were OEM and I really believe they had been on the machine for the last 90 odd years.  A sledge hammer was needed to persuade the pins to move.

Yes, it tasted as good as it looks!
My Sweetie took up the north shore for my birthday and it was fun and delicious.

We are another step closer to getting ready to produce swords.  My new quench tank is completed and has been tested for leaks.  I need a bigger shop, we're running out of places to put stuff,