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Preparing to launch…

Monday, August 24th, 2015

This is a big decision that’s been a long time in the making.  I am finally going to make the ‘big jump’ into the world of the professional smith.

I am currently working with a group of skilled craftsmen, that I have been talking to off and on for the past 3 years, to develop a small line of custom tools for them.  This will likely start off as a part time venture, as I’m still committed to doing the stay-at-home dad bit for the next couple of years (until the twins start school); but its a start.  In fact, I already have more work than I can find time for, and need to retool my shop a bit in order to work more efficiently.

But the bottom line being, I’m giving it a go, and it’s very exciting for me.

Wish me luck!

I can handle it

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A good friend of mine from Willowbank, Mike, is becoming quite the maker these days.  Considering he was an ‘office guy’ in his past life, the stuff he’s producing is really quite good (but don’t tell him I said so, it’ll go to his head).

Along with his friend and creative partner, Julie, he’s been building a lot of things using old reclaimed lumber and such – much of it in the ‘industrial’ or ‘vintage’ style.

In any case, we’ve decided to collaborate whenever it seems appropriate to incorporate metal into their projects.  And have just finished a first small project together.


Mike had made this tray from old reclaimed floor boards, which was quite a beautiful piece on its own.  But they felt it needed handles. I agreed, and came up with some.  Not a very big or complicated project for either of us, but I think we’re onto something.  Hand forged steel and old wood just look right together.  I hope we have the opportunity to do more of this.

Besides, getting together to work on a project is as good a reason as any for a beer call with a good friend!