Friday, June 24, 2016

Far West Fest!

A new venue has hit the HBI calendar!

My business partners Chad and Brit will be taking Hunchback Ironworks to Far West Fest in Gary/New Duluth on June 25th.  We hope to meet some new folks and introduce our products to a new market.

Please check us out:

Far West Fest

Saturday, June 25 from 10am-6pm
1300 block of Commonwealth Ave  – Gary

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I'm in the burning back soon I hope

I had to journey to the southlands where the temp yesterday was 102 F.  A far cry from the lovely 54 F it was when I left.  My poor dogs......13 hours in the truck and they get out and were knocked over by the heat.   Pictures will be forthcoming later

Show Updates

Thank you to all my friends and customers who have supported HBI over the last two years.  It has been a great summer season so far, unfortunately, due to illness in my family I've had to head south for a few weeks.

My most excellent business partners Chad and Brit will sometimes be filling in for me while I am out of town.  A hearty thanks to Chad and Brit!!  But,in general the HBI presence at the Saturday Moose Lake Arena flea market and Sunday T.J's street market in Mahtowa might be hit or miss until I return.

Hopefully I will return with my Trip Hammer that has been in storage down south.  Being able to bring that monster back would make a sad trip a little less sad, and make my time in the shop rock 'n roll.

So, please feel free to drop me an email or call with questions about my products.  I will still be checking on the business while I am away.  And check back to my site for updates on my return to regular business.

Thanks again to everyone for a great year so far at Hunchback Ironworks!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Still alive but there is a lot of non-shop drama happening.

I have a new bench shear that is in need of a little TLC and that should make cutting bar stock less of a work out.

I think there was a hundred years worth of  gunk stuck in all the nooks and crannies. I needed to touch up the blades and I might make a new set in the future.  It's so heavy that I needed to dismantle it to move it to the work bench.  It is missing the proper sized screws to hold the blade in place and those arrived yesterday but I haven't tried them out yet. It's bloody hot here right now, the special heat where the humidity is the same as the temp where you sweat with out moving.  It's supposed to be better tomorrow.
The next big decision is where to put the beast when not in use.  I'm thinking a wheeled cart might be the answer.   A bigger shop would be the best answer.

Friday, June 10, 2016

For my girl

You're Awesome!!

It's good to know a bladesmith

My friend wanted a skinner to add to his collection and I told him if he waited a bit that he'd get a free upgrade to damascus steel.

The wait is over my friend.

I lost track of the layer count on this one,  I had too many billets going at once.  This blade is 1095 and 5160.  I started with 6 layers and then folded it twice and twisted it.  Then I made a billet using the first one with 3 pieces of 5160 and folded and twisted that billet a few times.

Moar Damascus

The new forge is being used to heat a billet of damascus.  I have an order for a little skinner to get done.  Forging the blades to shape sure saves on grind time and it make it easy to get the bevels started.

This is the knife that was in forging picture above.   I think with the eye it looks very shark like.  This is just after a quick soak in the etchant to get a peek at the pattern, I will put it back and in go for a nice deep etch.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A custom garden tool

No, that is a hoe not a saw.  But it is marked SAW.  It's a b-day present for a customer's wife.  I thought it would be neat to personalize the project.   The head is forged 5160 spring steel welded to a 3/8 in square bar.  It's quenched in oil to give it a rust resistant coating.  We then rivet the head into the handle so it will take a lot of abuse.  It is pretty small so it is light in the hand and makes quick work of weeding around sprouts and young delicate plants.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sorry about the lack of posting...I blame the pain meds.

Here is some blacksmith themed stuff to fill the post until I get around to doing a real one.

I like iron.