Friday, March 24, 2017

Back in the shop!

The forge has been fired and steel ordered!   We will have a few stainless steel hooks for sale this year.  There is a show coming up next week and there will be more on that later.
Maybe the next pic of the view from the hammock there will be leaves.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Reasons to be miserable

2017 has started off rougher than I could ever plan for.   The eye infection so bad 2 kinds of antibiotics were needed cut into the work planning, then the new meds to keep my arthritis under control are not working as advertised.   It's usually not a good idea to be playing with machines that can remove body parts while taking fistfuls  of painkillers that are only marginally effective.  Some days it's all I can do just to get out of bed.
  I will miss out on our usual show for starting the season.  If things don't get better soon I will have to miss the spring show at the mall in Cloquet.
  I will update y'all as soon as I have a better picture as to what is going on.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sorry posting has been non-existent. Going through a rough patch.

I've not frozen to death or been snowed in but it's been a close thing.  Be back soon barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New year's day bushcrafting

It finally got cold enough to walk in my bog.  I made a fire and tested the Kukri out. 
The snow is to put out the remaining coals after the hot chocolate was made.
We're going to be making some kukri and parang prototypes and field test them to see if we want to add them to the product line. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

It made me blow tea through my nose!

Stolen from Angel's site
It was -21F  here last nite.  The dogs didn't dally when it was potty time.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Thanks to all my friends and customers!!!!

The 2016 season was an amazing adventure.
   Thanks especially to Chad, Cole and Britt for keeping things going when the going got tough.  They kept the shop running when I had to leave to handle some family emergencies and then when I had my knee surgery.  

Not the surgeon who worked on my knee

A huge thank you to everyone who spent their hard earned money at HBI.  I'm glad that you think the things we make are worth buying.  We try our hardest to make quality goods and sell them at a fair price and it seems to be working.
 We'll be back at the Moose Lake Riverside Arena when it opens in the spring.  We're planning to be at TJ's in Mahtowa and are busy working on the spring's show schedule.
  If things go as planned we'll have a few demos to do and will have a new trailer that will make it easier to load and unload all the heavy ironwork.
  There was a few people interested in apprenticing so there maybe some new faces at the shop and booth next spring.   
  We are not doing anymore custom work until after the holidays.  We'll happily sell you what we have in stock though.  Use the handy contact form and we'll get back to you ASAP if there is anything you're interested in.
  Now enjoy the cold mosquito free time of year and eat too much and enjoy your tribe.


No bug repellent needed

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Final Show of the 2016 Season!

Hello all!

Well, this is it, Saturday will be our last show of the season and your last chance to snatch up HBI products before the holidays.

We will be at the Chickadee Holiday Bazaar in Barnum at the Chickadee Coffeehouse and Deli(3691 Alan Syverson Drive) from 9am to 2pm with an assortment of cash and carry items for your holiday gift giving needs. Treat your friends and family to some of our hand crafted merchandise and treat yourself to some delicious Chickadee sandwiches and coffee!

Hope to see you there!