ThirtyOne Penny Spoon

Made from an old nail and a copper disc, this tiny spoon showcases the beauty of two reclaimed materials in juxtaposition. This little sugar spoon is by far the smallest I have ever made. It was inspired by the tiny piece of… Continue reading

Integral Ring Knife

An early piece revisited; a traditional patterned small companion knife made from a piece of reclaimed agricultural tool steel. For those interested in collecting an earlier work, this is new old stock; one of my few remaining “first round” pieces still available… Continue reading

Workshop Swivel Light

Made from reclaimed parts and hand forged iron, a simple hanging lamp that effortlessly swivels 180 degrees and adjusts vertically. The light is made from a vintage enameled shade, a discarded socket, and a piece of extension cord wire, and wrought iron.… Continue reading

Workshop Door Hook

A simple hook and eye system serves double duty to hold the doors to each other when closed or held open against the wind. A hook and retaining eye is pounded through the door, and two separate eyes, one for open and… Continue reading

Forged Copper Pendant

Hand-hammered and coiled, hand-tanned deerskin with upcycled electrical wire from a house built in the 1940’s, natural patina finish. This was the first piece I forged from the short length of reno copper that came out of a house by the beach… Continue reading

Workshop Door Hinges

Simple, traditional strap and butterfly hinge combination from heavy stock to support the solid wood blacksmith shop doors. The island workshop doors are built of reclaimed ship lap and other scrap wood, nailed together, and braced with a hand chiseled mortise. The… Continue reading

Charcoal Retort Day 5

A standard burn for version 1.0 took an unexpected turn, likely due to the wear of high heat on some of the structural steel. We loaded the retort with some excellent construction cut offs, this time thanks to Tim and his crew… Continue reading

Bush Forged J-hooks

Using the excess heat from the charcoal making process, a delicate pair of hooks formed with nothing but a hammer and anvil. While enjoying our backyard charcoal making party, a suggestion was made to haul out the old anvil and conduct some… Continue reading

Charcoal Retort Day 4

The weather was great and today’s burn was like a party with everyone out to help chop wood, fuel the fire, and roast marshmallows. The official version 1.0 of the charcoal retort was based on the 0.9 design but incorporated a better… Continue reading

Island Workshop Open!

Following the preliminary experiments with the charcoal retort, it was time to make a fire and start hammering again, island style.

Charcoal Retort Day 3

Take two on the charcoal retort in an attempt to get the burn temperature higher and complete the process of charcoal formation. The first attempt was promising but seemed to take too long to get to operating temperature and did not stay… Continue reading

Charcoal Retort Day 2

The results of the first attempted burn of the D.I.Y. charcoal retort were not as impressive as expected but seem to be on the right track. Yesterday morning I picked up some nice cut-offs of spruce, cedar, and fir from Chris and… Continue reading