Island Workshop Day 4

Installed the chimney with lots of ground help from Neido~chan, built shelves, and started to organize tool boxes and scrap steel.

Island Workshop Day 3

Built wall racks for steel stock and cleared some of the floor space. Moved the stump and anvil into place and leveled the earth floor.

Island Workshop Day 2

Cut down the oversized smoke hood and installed it over the forge, finished set up of the forge table and installed the firepot.

Island Workshop Day 1

Unloaded all 4000 pounds of steel and tools, stashed most of it under cover and out of the rain. Set up the forge table and sorted tools.

A Call for Submissions

Dave enjoys collecting old tools and reusing found materials for his projects. If you are in the area, let us know if you have some high carbon steel, wrought iron, hardwood, lumber, or interesting blacksmithing, farm, or wood working tools that need a caring home.

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Sustainable ‘Smithing?

One of the draws of this type of craftsmanship is the deeply ingrained appreciation for ‘real’ and natural materials and simple methods. Many of the shop operations depend on human power and handwork. The charcoal fuel for forging is made from reclaimed wood.

Handcrafted Knives

Inspired by the Japanese art of swordsmithing, Dave began making knives in 1990. His approach brings together a fusion of cultural and artistic styles from his experiences in Africa, North America, and Asia. Highlighting the potential for creative transformation in discarded objects, most of his raw material is… Continue reading

Ornamental Ironwork

1992 marked the completion of an intense short-term foundation course under a skilled career blacksmith. The next decade was focused on furthering the skill set for creating chandeliers, furniture, utensils, candle holders, and other useful decorative items while developing knifemaking skills on the side.