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    Metalwork, Primitive Survival/ Aboriginal skills


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    Southern Minnesota
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    new blacksmith, fencing, hikings etc
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  1. Hey Frosty, this is not from the La Brea pit unfortunately. This piece came from Mark Knapp in Alaska and was somewhere in the $300-$400 range. Initially when designing the knife I had hoped to find a solid piece of walrus ivory which is typically more expensive, but I'm glad I ended up going with the mammoth beacuse it allowed me to learn how to do a frame handle.
  2. This is a piece I finished up just a few weeks ago and sent out for professional photos that I thought I would share. This was my first frame handle knife and first time using mammoth ivory. The damascus is a mosaic jelly roll Turkish twist with bronze shield, damascus hardware, and domed bronze pin. Specs: Blade length: 12 inches Handle Length: 5 1/2 inches Overall Length:17 1/2 inches Sole Authorship Thanks for looking. All comments, questions, and critiques welcome. -Robert
  3. Thanks guys! And no 2000 isn't a typo :) At each stage of welding I added in 1/8 inch pieces of 1084 and 15n20 leading to the larger and smaller streaks with the jelly roll coming to 2,100 layers roughly by the end.
  4. I made this one to be the center piece in an upcoming show, it's a 2,000 layer modified multi bar jelly roll with a high carbon core. The steels used in the forging of this knife were 1084/1095/W2/ 15n20 it was a blast to put together and so I decided to send it off to Caleb Royer to have it photographed since I have been drooling over his work for quite some time. But here are the specs. Blade Length: 9 inches Blade Width: 2 inches Handle Length: 5 inches Total Length: 14 inches Handle Material: Desert Ironwood Burl/Stabilized Oregon Maple Burl with leather spacers Hardware: stainless steel pins/ mosaic pins Sheath: 8 ounce veg tan. Thanks for looking! Robert
  5. Here is a new one I just finished up today, this one was a fun build that everything just went well on. I actually forged this blade at Dave Dellagardelle's shop last weekend and he was kind enough to give me the piece of wood that became the handle. He had gotten it from Andy Davis who told me is was a museum grade desert ironwood burl and it is a gorgeous piece! I decided to go very rustic on this knife, but I believe to do the rustic look properly it also has to be very clean and I think I was able to get that balance on this knife. Specs: Steel: 1084 hand forged Blade: 8 1/2 inches long Handle: 5 3/4 inches Handle material: Museum grade desert ironwood burl Guard: textured wrought iron and bronze Sheath: Raw hide and veg tanned leather with brass rivets and copper concho Please let me know what you think, all comments are welcome and thank you for looking. Robert
  6. Here is the "go mai" camp chopper I just finished. The blade is composed of five layers, the core is 700 layers of 15n20 and 1084/1095, with the outer jackets being 15n20 and W2. The guard is bronze with copper shield and a curly maple handle. Overall length is 12 1/2 inches. What do you think?
  7. Several months ago I was approached to do a limited edition line of chef's knives for a small company in New York. After much discussion of design they are almost done, all that remains is for the companies logo to be laser etched into the box lids and the logos (their's and mine to be put on the knives). While I was finishing these up I also made another 8 inch chef's knife for my sister as a present for her helping out with my upcoming wedding. All comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking! Specs: Standard model - Overall length: 14 1/2 inches -Blade: 15n20 and 1095 -Handle: Stabilized black ash burl with stainless steel pins. "Executive"? Model: - Overall length: 14 1/2 inches -Blade: 15n20 and 1095 -Handle: Mastodon molar, ebony, and mosaic pins Boxes: Curly maple and curly Mahogany Chef's knife for my sister: Overall length: 14 1/2 inches Blade: W2 Handle: Mastodon molar, snakewood, ebony. Pins: copper tubing and stainless steel Robert
  8. I recently finished up this tomahawk that has a bit of character. I gave it a flint knapped texture in addition to a three bar composite for the edge. The steels are 1084 and 15n20 with a 1018 body. The handle I made out of lignum vitae so it will eventually oxidize a greenish color. Then the handle was just dressed up with some raw hide and feathers. What do you all think? Thanks for looking. Robert
  9. Okay everyone here are the professional photos I just got back today. Jim sure does beautiful work! :)
  10. Thanks for the comments everyone :)
  11. This project was one I had not intended on doing, but in between other projects over the last two days it came together. The blade I forged from a scrap off of a viking sword I am working on and the bronze and copper are also scraps from other projects, the handle is bocote. This blade is only about six inches long and slightly less then 1 1/4 inch wide, slender, and sharp; now, it just needs a good pair of pants before being a true "gentleman's" bowie. All comments are welcome and thank you for looking. Robert
  12. Thank you for the comments everyone the students were fantastic in addition to the scenery. Benton, I will be teaching this course again sometime next year. Robert
  13. This past week I taught my first course at the North House Folk School up in Grand Marais, Minnesota. The topic of the class was the making of a pattern welded puukko knife, handle, and sheath in five days. The course ended up having eight extremely hard working and enthusiastic students a couple of whom had a little smithing experience. The bulk of the class was brand new to knife making which makes me even more proud of how they did. They started with a fifteen layers of 15n20 and 1084 at 1/8 inch thick per layer, working in pairs with strikers they had all achieved two folds by the end of day one and forged their blades the next day. The remaining three days was spent hand filing the blades and sanding them, making the handle, and the sheath. We ended up with a total of 42 hours in the course all said with everyone finishing their knives and all but two finishing their sheathes. One student decided he wanted to do more of a leuku as opposed to a puukko, but I think they came out great and was very proud of them. But now for pictures! The shop: My demonstration knife: And the students knives: This one I was particularly proud of the student for his meticulous handle work: The leuku: Thanks for looking! Robert
  14. Thanks for the comments everyone :) and ianinsa some people prefer square handles, personally a square hammer handle turns my hand into a near arthritic claw.... :D
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