Born In The Wrong Century: Bladesmithing & Blacksmithing

This is a booth in the Expo and Hacker Village and runs 9-4:30 during expo hours. It involves demonstrations and is not a presentation.

Custom, bench-made knives continue to grow in popularity, but most are made using power tools and \”stock reduction\”: taking metal blanks and grinding them into knife shapes. But traditional bladesmithing and blacksmithing, using a coal-fired forge and hammering steel, is alive and well. Blacksmiths don’t make horseshoes (farriers do that); they forge steel to make tools, furniture, railings, light fixtures, decorative items, cooking utensils and weapons. Spijk Selby will show his wares, and discuss how contemporary blacksmiths operate, and how to set up your own forge.