Knife Making Process

I make each of these knives from start to finish by hand. The steps are: Forge: The high carbon stock steel material is heated in a propane forge until bright orange/yellow and hit with a hammer on an anvil to change its shape. Profile: The profile (outline edge) of the knife is refined on a belt grinder and the holes …

Heat Treatment

There are 3 main steps to the heat treatment process for these hand-made knives. Normalizing (a/k/a Thermocycling). Forging the blade from the original stock involves heating the metal repeatedly in a 2,400 degree F propane forge until it is bright orange in color and hitting it with a hammer on the anvil. This process builds up stresses within the metal …

Kitchen Knife Care

When you are done using your carbon steel kitchen knife, hand wash it with soap and water and thoroughly dry it. If you’d like, you can wipe the blade with just a bit of olive oil or other cooking oil before you put it away, but you don’t have to. This simple bit of routine care should be all you …

Bespoke Bath Fixtures

This client was looking for a full set of hand-forged fixtures for the bath. Each incorporated a ball-end and lots of visible hammered textures.

Design and Build Project

The Mid-Century Modern Fireplace Screen and Toolset was a commissioned piece for a client undertaking a transformation of their living room to incorporate mid-century modern styling. We settled on a design that featured the pared down aesthetic with simple lines and randomly sized square/rectangular figures typical of mid-century modern design. We were able to salvage the most-used tools from the …

Get Your Own Custom Metalwork – It’s Easy and Fun!

If you’ve thought it would be nice to have a one-of-a-kind handmade metal piece made just for you but been afraid it would be too expensive and daunting to pursue, fear not! I explain the ABC’s of commissioning here in my FAQs, but wanted to give you a real-life example of how accessible the process can be. My client, I’ll …

Project for Die-hard Fans

Two of my clients are alums of Oklahoma University and very loyal fans (go Sooners!). They asked that I design for them a small table that would incorporate the OU logo and also serve to store and display champagne corks. I created some alternative designs for their consideration, and they declared this version the winner. The many angles making up …

Anniversary Gift

Dear friends of mine were celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary and I wanted to make a special gift for them. I, along with a large group of friends and family, were flying in to join up with the couple at a resort in Mexico to mark the occasion. Given the travel, the gift needed to be relative small and packable. …

My First Anvil

One of my favorite stories is how I came by my first anvil.  My dad was always eager to hear about the projects I had going in my shop, and we’d talk about problems I was running into or ideas I was kicking around.  My sense was that he enjoyed this in part as it was something we still had …