Saturday, December 20, 2014

Knives and a bit

A few more things out for Christmas.

Scott's dress up knife. Mokume' bolster and a buffalo horn.

I hammered this one out of an old plow point.

A small knife, 2 1/2" cutting edge and a 3" handle.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


I finished the last of the Christmas bits today. Damascus steel of course. The top is stainless steel damascus with a mild steel mouth piece.

 The next is a 1018/nickel damascus based on an old Bayers pattern. I inlayed a little 24 carat gold for some added decoration. It's actually a brand. The high port mouth piece should make one go whoa. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Argentina style

Dwayne with Armoralleather sent me these pictures just before he put the knife in the mail.
The knife and sheath are made to be worn behind the back, and under the belt. I might try one for myself with a little smaller knife.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas spurs

I knocked another Christmas order out today. I hope Sarah is pleased with them.
Hand forged, one piece spurs with nickel silver mountings. I used 4140 steel for the spurs. I can thin the bands down using this tough steel and not lose any strength. At the end of the day, Sarah won't feel like she has been wearing two anvils around.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

More with sheaths

The latest batch back.
All with initials, I hope I don't ruin Christmas with this post

Giraffe bone. I love Giraffe bone

This one was a hit on tumblr

A neck knife for a young lady

Monday, December 1, 2014


I received these back from Dwayne at Armoralleather last week. His work made for an over all beautiful package.

Pocket clip, popular with my lady customers

The knives can be seen in a previous post.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Who needs New England?

When you have the Spring Gap mountains!

I got to ride around and take pictures with my mother yesterday. Fall color, and we didn't even have to leave Callahan County.

From the bottom

I pardoned my turkeys before barry pardoned his

From up on top

Looking south

Looking north

I hope every one has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another set out the door

It's been busy around here lately. Between cattle and the shop, I haven't had time to look up. The hogs dealt us a lot of misery in the past two weeks, evidently South Dakota cattle have never seen wild hogs, and think they are better off three or four fences away from them. Cold and miserable doesn't start to describe the weather when they decide to go. Thank god for broke horses. We got them revac ed and moved to some bigger pastures, so maybe things will settle down on that end.

I finished these this afternoon. Hand forged, one piece spurs, with fine silver inlay. These will be pushing cattle around at the Coleman sale barn after Christmas.

Silver on top of the shank, when folks look down at the spurs, they will see it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Turned out and riding through them

We  have our calves turned out in the big lot now, and it is somebody's job to go ride through them every day and check for sick ones. I, of course, was watching the weather and took my turn through Sunday, while my children runtoff for a weekend of fun and frivolities.

Jessica picked up a colt from a trainer who put 30 rides on it, and of all mornings, decided she would see how she rode. The wind speed and temperature where the same this morning. 34. I showed up just to watch the wreck. Much to my chagrin, and desperately needing something to talk about in the coffee shop, the colt never made a bobble. She rode around like an old horse all morning. I think she has a good one.

I wished I was this brave again.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kid spurs

Inlay ed kid spurs at that! I get a set or two of these a year, and always around Christmas.

These are hand forged, one piece spurs, that are made the same way I would make a full size set. They are smaller, but just as much work.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Some I finished this week

I've been stacking them deep, and selling them cheap ....
5" edge, stacked wood handle

A little knife, 2" edge

5" edge, 1084/15n20 damascus steel blade

The last 2 are giraffe bone handles