It’s Time for ICCE in Kansas City!

JW is taking three knives to the show in Kansas City. We invite you to the show. JW would love to meet you. Stop by his table. The show starts Friday September 28 - Sunday September 30. We hope to see you in Kansas City. Thanks to my brother, Tracy Thomas who provides the background music for all of our videos. Make sure you listen to this one. It has a cool ending. Tammy

ANOTHER CLASS WILL BE SCHEDULED IN THE FALL.  Call JW for more info at 318/426-4007





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

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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


Contact Info:

J.W. Randall
11606 Keith Hall Road
Keithville, LA 71047


Hours: 8am - 5pm Monday-Friday
Call for an appointment

The shop is located just south of Shreveport