New forge and cool projects..

With the onset of Hurricane Florence, I didn’t get the opportunity to tell you all about the new addition to the shop. A brand new beast of a gas forge!

My old one (still usable for appropriate projects) does pretty well, but it does sometimes take a while to properly heat the thicker pieces and to get up to welding temp. Well this new one is insulated to the nines and is sporting 3 burners…still very fuel efficient though.

Here is a little peek of it in action.

As Jerry Reed said “when yo hot, you hot!”

As for projects, Maria and I have a fall festival to bend at on November 10. We will be at Taylor’s Blueberry Farm near Winnable NC. Yes, it is the Marine Corps birthday, but duty calls. We will be selling our items (tie dye is always a big hit), and I will bring the forge, anvil, etc and will be smithing onsite. It should be a whole lot of fun.

Knife orders from people at work are starting to trickle in for Christmas.

I also got a commission to create a big ole Bowie knife to be raffled off for the up coming, local Fraternal Order of Police conference. This is what I’ve got so far for that one. I still need to build a display though.

I’ve still got some sanding and finish work on the handle, but its getting there.

I’ve got a tomahawk order that I’m working on as well and I will have some photos of that soon.

We hope you all have a great week.


Hurricane Florence, overdue post..

Maria and I hope all is well with all of you.

We weathered the storm fairly well, and I’ve been meaning to post for a while now. Things have been a bit hectic and scrambled.

We didn’t have much damage at all. There are areas around Wilmington that were hit quite hard, but we came through pretty well. I had to work nightshift straight through the storm and for a couple of weeks after without a day off. Those 12 hour shifts day after day can wear you down quickly.

During the storm, we lost power for a few days, but that little Honda generator that we take up to the farm was a gem. We could run the fridge, the freezer, a fan, and charge our phones. We could also use the microwave or coffee maker if we temporarily unplugged the fridge.

Maria was the true trooper of the storm. She had to hunker down at home while I was out in it. Worrying about me and taking care of things here. We also ended up with a couple of guys I work with staying with us until they could get back to their own homes. She was the rock in the middle of the storm for sure. She took great care of us all.

I saw some damage while working, a lot of flooding, some trees down, and some structural damage.

Yep, that’s a car in a hole.

Once the flooding started to subside we could see in different areas that there were a lot of fish that got trapped.

There are certain areas where the smell is horrendous.

All in all, things are starting to get back to normal. There were about 20 Deputies that lost their homes completely in the storm, mainly from flooding. Everyone else in the department is trying to help those in need. It just sucks to be out there working in the middle of the storm to save others, only to find out that you have no home to go to at the end of that shift.

Anyway, we would love to hear from all of you, let us know how things are going. Take care for now, as we get ready for a big fall festival/ forging demo coming up in November. More to come on that adventure!

All the best,