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Ready for the next stack. Zipper w’s! #damascussteel #artisan #blades #knife ...

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Instagram post 2275727505829506995_1584534466 Progress on this extreme w’s billet. As we speak I’m cutting the bar into 6 sections. One more forge weld, and then it will be time to run a wedge through it for the feathering cut. #damascus #featherdamascus #mastersmith #customknife

Progress on this extreme w’s billet. As we speak I’m cutting the bar into 6 sections. One more forge weld, and then it will be time to run a wedge through it for the feathering cut. #damascus #featherdamascus #mastersmith #customknife ...

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Instagram post 2275552854121681060_1584534466 30 seconds of calm. (Except those geese. Chill, dudes.)

30 seconds of calm. (Except those geese. Chill, dudes.) ...

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Instagram post 2275025080839760866_1584534466 Pattern development on a billet of w’s damascus I’m working on, stacked up for the next forge weld. Folding steel is difficult, dangerous, expensive, and exhausting—and it never gets old. #dowhatyoulove #damascusknife #sword  #payoff

Pattern development on a billet of w’s damascus I’m working on, stacked up for the next forge weld. Folding steel is difficult, dangerous, expensive, and exhausting—and it never gets old. #dowhatyoulove #damascusknife #sword #payoff ...

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Instagram post 2274849988570578732_1584534466 I’ve had this heel shape in my head for a good few months now. Nothing super special about it, just a bit more interesting than your basic heel-ricasso transition. Anyhoo I’m working on a 12” damascus slicer, so I figured I’d lay it on there and see how I feel about it. I like it! #shapes #customknives #handmade #customart

I’ve had this heel shape in my head for a good few months now. Nothing super special about it, just a bit more interesting than your basic heel-ricasso transition. Anyhoo I’m working on a 12” damascus slicer, so I figured I’d lay it on there and see how I feel about it. I like it! #shapes #customknives #handmade #customart ...

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Instagram post 2274834640362412515_1584534466 A friend asked me to keep posting 30 seconds of calm, so here’s the spring-fed stream that runs down the side of my property, and some of the sounds of a quiet Spring morning.

A friend asked me to keep posting 30 seconds of calm, so here’s the spring-fed stream that runs down the side of my property, and some of the sounds of a quiet Spring morning. ...

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Instagram post 2274241509229110509_1584534466 A preview of the next forge weld. You can see that there’s some irregularity in how the billet crushed down. This is largely due to an issue I’m having with my hydraulic press at the moment, but it also doesn’t bother me. This is a 6x stack, and after this there’ll be a 4x. All of that irregularity will be “captured” in a sense, and repeated—regularly. So at the end of the day it should look like everything went exactly according to plan... #damascussteel #forgewelding #steel #bladesmithing

A preview of the next forge weld. You can see that there’s some irregularity in how the billet crushed down. This is largely due to an issue I’m having with my hydraulic press at the moment, but it also doesn’t bother me. This is a 6x stack, and after this there’ll be a 4x. All of that irregularity will be “captured” in a sense, and repeated—regularly. So at the end of the day it should look like everything went exactly according to plan... #damascussteel #forgewelding #steel #bladesmithing ...

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I forge welded this billet up earlier this afternoon and have now crushed it down to set up for a w’s pattern. It looks a little blocky and uneven, but once I stack it up 24x it’ll be fine and tight. #patternwelding #damascussteel #mastersmith #bladesmith ...

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Instagram post 2273527819655721929_1584534466 Sometimes you need a tool. You don’t need that tool to last, and you need it quick. These are some make shift stops for my hydraulic press, so that I can run a piece of material through it and have it all come out a uniform dimension. I made these in about 5 minutes. #fabrication #quickanddirty #tools

Sometimes you need a tool. You don’t need that tool to last, and you need it quick. These are some make shift stops for my hydraulic press, so that I can run a piece of material through it and have it all come out a uniform dimension. I made these in about 5 minutes. #fabrication #quickanddirty #tools ...

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Instagram post 2273382759400323406_1584534466 I’m not much of a hunter, so I keep retired mallets (and broken hammer handles) as trophies. #hardwork #toolsofthetrade #toolstorage #trophies

I’m not much of a hunter, so I keep retired mallets (and broken hammer handles) as trophies. #hardwork #toolsofthetrade #toolstorage #trophies ...

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Instagram post 2272650978376102089_1584534466 100” of .002” pure nickel sheet. Doesn’t look like much yet, but stay tuned. #damascussteel #metalworking #contrast #material

100” of .002” pure nickel sheet. Doesn’t look like much yet, but stay tuned. #damascussteel #metalworking #contrast #material ...

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Instagram post 2271488825724054438_1584534466 Another 30 seconds of calm. Don’t worry, I’ll start posting work again soon. #newhampshire #newhampshirelife #springsnow

Another 30 seconds of calm. Don’t worry, I’ll start posting work again soon. #newhampshire #newhampshirelife #springsnow ...

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Instagram post 2270885998618397834_1584534466 Thought I would offer up these 30 seconds of calm. This is one of my favorite spots, not a quarter mile from my house.

Thought I would offer up these 30 seconds of calm. This is one of my favorite spots, not a quarter mile from my house. ...

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A couple more pieces of pounamu greenstone (nephrite jade) to work with. #pounamu #jade #nephritejade #aotearoa ...

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Instagram post 2263395289116995284_1584534466 Beautiful door pulls at the Dunedin train station. I’m guessing these were made uneven by wear—one side pulled open more than the other. #brass #flourish #sculpture #trainstations

Beautiful door pulls at the Dunedin train station. I’m guessing these were made uneven by wear—one side pulled open more than the other. #brass #flourish #sculpture #trainstations ...

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Instagram post 2262650245317702762_1584534466 One of my goals for this trip down to NZ was to find a piece of pounamu, or greenstone, which is nephrite jade. I have a couple of projects in mind with some jade accents. On our way down the rugged west coast last week, I made friends with a fifth generation pounamu carver and convinced him to sell me this piece. It’s about 3.5” square, and 3/16” thick. Perfect for what I envision. Now I just have to learn to work with the material and hopefully not ruin too much of it in the process! #pounamu #jade #customknifemaker #mastersmith

One of my goals for this trip down to NZ was to find a piece of pounamu, or greenstone, which is nephrite jade. I have a couple of projects in mind with some jade accents. On our way down the rugged west coast last week, I made friends with a fifth generation pounamu carver and convinced him to sell me this piece. It’s about 3.5” square, and 3/16” thick. Perfect for what I envision. Now I just have to learn to work with the material and hopefully not ruin too much of it in the process! #pounamu #jade #customknifemaker #mastersmith ...

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Instagram post 2262263678229117866_1584534466 Awesome piece of metalwork. This is an old wood stove—currently serving as heat—in tonight’s restaurant. One of the sweetest spots you could imagine.

Awesome piece of metalwork. This is an old wood stove—currently serving as heat—in tonight’s restaurant. One of the sweetest spots you could imagine. ...

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Instagram post 2262009382535247155_1584534466 On the wall at our dinner last night. I took it as a good sign. #cleaver #butcher #knife #dinnerisserved

On the wall at our dinner last night. I took it as a good sign. #cleaver #butcher #knife #dinnerisserved ...

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