Working overtime…

So Maria and I have been working like crazy lately. Hmm that always seems to be the beginning of our posts.

School is starting up again so Maria has been getting that rolling. She’s got her booth at Blue Moon Gift Shops all set up and running. We put the final touch in today, some lighting. I didn’t get a photo of that, but I did take one of the bracket I made for her to use.

Its sitting sideways, but maybe you can picture it.

We’ve been very short handed at my day job so the overtime is building. It doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

And yet I still find some time to do some forge work. We’ve been saving up to get a proper belt grinder, and after 6 weeks of a 2-3 week turnaround (yeah, not impressed with that) we finally received the Bader grinder that we ordered.

It took awhile to get it, but its worth it. That thing is a dream to use after a few years of using my home made, harbor freight, wood lathe conversion.

I have been able to finish out a few knives that I’m pretty proud of.

This beauty is already displayed in the Eclipse Artisan Boutique.

This next one is a birthday gift for Maria’s brother.

And finally, I just finished this one up tonight. As soon as I make a wooden sheath for it I will list it on our Etsy shop.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the maker’s mark. We had this made to Marie the blades. I really like it, whatcha think?

We hope to have some time to relax soon, haha…right.

I know it seems like all we do is work, well, it kind of is. But, when you love what you do then you never work a day in your life.

We hope you all have a wonderful week.

Chad

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Always keep an eye out for a different road..

Lately I’ve really been stressing out about sheath making. That might seem to be the easiest part of knife making, but for me it’s the hardest.

I’m good with metal and wood, but my leather working skills….well, they just plain suck. That’s the only way I can describe it.

Today while working in the shop, I was stressing about making sheaths for the knives I have made already. When it hit me…Why not make them out of wood?

I started laying out a few and starting working 3 of them. I like the look and the durability. I made the belt loops from wood as well. To strengthen the loops I drilled and pinned them as I would to attach scales to a knife handle.

Let me know what you think. I’m really looking for some feedback. I like them, but what I like might not be what others like. Feel free to critique…I promise that you won’t hurt my feelings.

I hope you all have aa great week.

Chad