JW had a friend wanting to watch damascus being made. So he stopped by the shop last Saturday and watched as JW made a Texas wind billet.
It was such an honor to be 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
On October 3 the full episode will at 8:00 pm CT on the History Channel. I hope you will join us watching it next week as JW competes for America.
This is a quick video of the ICCE Knife Show in Kansas City, Missouri. For those of you who have never been to one, this will give you an idea what to expect. There are so many knife makers to meet and so many supplies to buy, it takes a while to visit all the tables and booths. This year there were over 100 custom knife makers. We love going and meeting up with our friends. We hope you can join us next year. There was a special photo taken of some of the contestants who have been on Forged in Fire. JW
We are headed to the ICCE knife show in Kansas City, MO. The show opens Friday September 22 at 12:00 for VIPS and runs thru Sunday. We have a few VIP tickets left, just give JW a call at 318/425-4007. Please join us at the show. JW has 3 beautiful knives to sell.
We were honored to have Harvey Dean and his wife Deborah and son Dillon visit our shop last weekend. JW and Harvey each made a billet of damascus sandwiched between stainless. I enjoyed watching them. They took turns working on their billets. Lifelong friends developed thru knifemaking are the greatest reward.
The Damascus class is for building a strong foundation in patterning damascus. Students will learn many different face patterns. We will be forge welding and drawing under the 30 ton hydraulic press. Every student will be hands on and will produce 2 billets to take home. I am taking five students for this class. The dates are March 30 - April 1. There is only one spot left in the damascus class. You can contact me at 318/426-4007 for more details.
The Into class will start the day with hands on forging. I will take the knife that I forge over the next two and a half days to completion. I will cover types of steel, heat treat and tempering, grinding, hand sanding, design, guards, fittings, handles, pinning techniques and stenciling your name. The knife will go into a drawing and one of the five students will go home with it. The cost of the class is $800/man. I currently have three students enrolled with two spots available. The class is April 27 - April 29. You can contact me at 318/426-4007 for more details.
I just finished this pair of spurs for my sweetheart for Valentine's Day. 38 layers of twist Damascus forged from a single piece. 416 stainless steel fittings, pins, and 10 point rowels. I will say this and leave it alone I am stacking some serious hunting points for the 2017 season LOL Happy Valentine's Day sweetheart and I'm early unbelievable!