Monthly Archives: December 2008

My Latest Bow

Here’s my latest, a Hickory Holmgaard named Great Dane.  She draws 45# at 28″ and shoots very nicely.  She’s 66″ overall with static tips of 10″.  The working limbs are 1 3/4″ wide.  I left some of the cambium on the back and finished her with a coat of pecan stain then four coats of tinted wipe-on poly.


More pics here.

Holmgaard bows are an ancient design, based on bows found near Holmgaard, Denmark.  They have thin, stiff tips that don’t bend at all.



Filed under Projects

News Flash!


When a reporter from The Sylva Herald and Ruralite called me for an interview I didn’t expect a huge story with color photos on page one of section B!

Must be a slow news week.


Filed under Blacksmithing

Video of the Week


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A little something

Letter Opener

Letter Opener

I’ve been messing around with finishes and heat coloration in the steel lately.  For this one I forged it, wire brushed it, ground it to shape, then used a slack belt sander to polish some areas.  Then I put it back in the forge for a few seconds, pulled it out and when the colors got ‘just right’ I quenched it in oil.

It’s not a knife, the steel is not hardened.  Just a letter opener.  Not that you couldn’t stab your annoying little sister with it or anything like that…


Filed under Blacksmithing, Photos

Required Reading

Ralph Peters

Mark Steyn

Taranto on Wilders


Filed under Opinion, politics