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Self Employment because there’s no other option

It’s hard to get hired as a blacksmith. When I came back from Europe, I didn’t quite have the skills to be useful to someone else (they wouldn’t have paid enough for me to get by anyway), but I didn’t … Continue reading

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Working working

Hey everyone, I’m still alive. I’m pushing forward on a bunch of projects, so I should have some really cool stuff coming up. I have this problem that when I sit down at a computer, the last thing I am … Continue reading

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Radio Silence

Hey everyone, sorry about that radio silence. I’ve been really busy working on proposals and trying to line up work for the winter. Some projects are moving forward, and some stuff aren’t. I’m working really hard to make this self … Continue reading

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Mokume Band

A brief update from atop the night. Fine silver-copper mokume band with a sterling silver liner. Much help from my father, without whom this project would not have been started nor finished… (how many billion projects are there about which … Continue reading

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Mokume Gane, A Success Story

Eight hours from clock in to clock out and I have one solid billet of silver-copper mokume! It measures 1-5/8″ square by approximately 1/2″. All bonds seem solid, after a few passes of forging and annealing. For reference, it contains … Continue reading

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Art Show! Pleasant Street Industrious

A few of my pieces are in a show called Pleasant Street Industrious: Artworks Made in Eastworks and Paragon Arts and Industry. It’s a show of art from artists with studios on Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. The opening is … Continue reading

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Silver/Copper Mokume Gane

Last week, I had an epic fail with $150+ of silver when I tried to make a billet of silver-copper mokume gane. I have a few successes with copper-brass after refining my technique with that. Tomorrow I will try another … Continue reading

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Pace

One of the more important things I’m learning about being self-employed is how to pace myself — or at least the need to pace myself. I’ve been working as much as possible for the past two months to push slow … Continue reading

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Early mornings in the shop

Yesterday morning was idyllic. The sunlight hit the shop at this most slight angle. It was 8:30 AM. I managed to grab this shot of the Journeyman Restaurant sign. Our forge had captured a small bit of sunlight. You can … Continue reading

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Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! It’s pretty much the beginning of fall now. School is starting, kids are moving into college across the street. The pace of life is going to change slightly. I think the change is welcome, but I was … Continue reading

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I love what I do

I love what I do. I think that’s obvious when you look at my work and the amount of energy that I bring to it. Blacksmithing is creative, active, and rewarding. I get to work with my hands and my … Continue reading

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