DAMASCUS...IT'S WHAT I DO
Welcome to my site.
Earlier this year I was chosen to compete for America in the first INTERNATIONAL FORGED IN FIRE episode. I am truly grateful for the win and I am so thankful for the great friendships that were forged in the process. It's such an awesome feeling to be drawn together in a common bond and enjoy the bladesmithing craft we love on an international level. JW
I have been in the welding/steel fabrication business since 1981. I have both shop and portable equipment. I build custom stairs, rails, gates and fencing, hand forged steel art, custom metal building, industrial contracting and repairs of all types.
Around 1998 I became interested in building hand forged knives. I joined the American Bladesmith Society and became a journeyman smith in 2001. In 2003 I was honored by becoming a Mastersmith. It was a major accomplishment for me. I love the challenge of designing different knife styles.
“I build bowies, folders, hunters and swords. My specialties include mosaic Damascus-both patterned and powder, and intricate inlays in pearl and ivory.”
“I have instructed at hammer-ins in Old Washington, Guadalupe hammer-ins in New Braunsfels Texas and the Mid America hammer-in in Ohio. Classes taught were silver and stainless sheaths, powder mosaics and patterned Damascus, forging, grinding and file work.”
“I also teach private classes at my shop several times a year. Classes taught are basic knifemaking, advanced knifemaking, handles and guards, basic and advanced Damascus, and silver and stainless sheaths.”
Basic Intro Knife Class – Feb. 1, 2 & 3
I am preparing for my 2018 intro to knife making class. I am taking up to 6 students, 18 and over. The three-day class begins on Feb. 1, 2 and 3, 2018 from 8am – 5pm each day. FMI go to my Knife Blog page. JW
11606 Keith Hall Road
Keithville, LA 71047
Hours: 8am - 5pm Monday-Friday
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The shop is located just south of Shreveport