Tim and I have been filming a COMPLETE video on Canister or “Can” Welded Damascus. This will be as complete a video as we can offer…. from the type and size of “can” to use, to what goes inside, as well as tips and “tricks” to help you be successful. Here’s a short clip of a “slice” that I sawed off the finished billet….. This piece is fully annealed….so the high carbon steel have a “frosty” look. Once heat treated, those areas will be very dark/black. Look for the complete video to be available on KnifeMakerTraining soon. (Tim has a LOT of editing to do on this one, so it might be a couple weeks) 🙂
One of the things we want to do is help people get to know our amazing Mastersmith Ed a little better. The time and patience he dedicates to making our videos. We want to inspire as many people to check out his amazing workmanship and point them in the direction to where they can purchase his knives. So we start by asking some random questions with our Mastersmith in a new series called “5 Minutes With The Mastersmith”.
Today Tim and I put in a full day of filming. Tim had a great idea of “5 Minutes with the Master”….. a series of videos on who I am, about the ABS, and what I do. I’ve never been one to toot my own horn, and had Tim not suggested it, would have never thought to do it. But, he made me realize that there are a lot of folks out there who have no idea who I am, my experience level, or what I do. Once again….. Tim has proven himself to be the brains of this outfit! 🙂
We also started the first in a series of creating damascus videos. So look for those as Tim gets them edited and ready. We got so wrapped up today, that we didn’t get to start on “Basic Bladesmithing” but he’ll be back in the morning! I’m having a blast doing this stuff! 🙂
Since my December surgery, I’m feeling great, and have just about fully recovered! I am now taking reservations for One-on-One Bladesmithing/Knifemaking classes. I offer classes/instruction from basic beginner classes, to advanced classes in Damascus, Liner Lock Folders, and just about any area of Knifemaking. There is no set schedule for classes. One of the best thing about teaching One-on-One is that I schedule classes as requested by students. Dates fill up quickly, so if you’re considering a class in 2018, contact me with your desired dates, and I match them up with my schedule. If there are no conflicts, I will schedule you in.
Students must be 21 years of age, with exceptions being made on a case by case basis. Class fees are PER INDIVIDUAL, and each student is responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, and safety equipment. As of today, I am scheduling classes for June 2018 and beyond. April and May are reserved for Blade Show preparation.
This is just one of the many reasons why we love our beloved Mastersmith Ed Caffrey. This is a man with a heart for teaching and for pushing the hobby forward to the next kid. I get to work with him constantly and I have yet to have a day where I have not experienced generosity and kindness constantly flowing out of him.