Bladesmithing origins

Since I will be talking about bladesmithing for a good portion of this blog ive decided that I might as well start at the beginning.

I’ve always wanted to make blades. When I was a kid I could be found questing through the forests of Lebanon Ct with a “sword” (pointy stick) slaying imaginary foes and hewing a path through the underbrush. later in life my main character in my first book was a bladesmith. Yet I never attempted it my self, under the impression that It would be too expensive.

In my Junior year of High School My cousin once removed or something or other AJ Chalifoux enlightened me on the topic. He had spent a good deal of time with Falling Hammer Productions (now known as Dragons Breath Forge) and turned me on to some websites that could get me started (and that he was using to get started).

From there he and I began an epic journey. Where other paid to learn from smiths he and i had no such option. Using the internet and a collection of books we taught ourselves the trade of bladesmithing in theory and since then have been learning it in practice. (yes i built a coal forge in an old grill out of patio blocks a piece of pipe and a hair drier that could reach 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit, take that Macgyver!)

It’s been a hard won journey fraught with difficulties, but as you will see in coming posts, it has been a successful one.

About Michael Barnett

I’ll say it up front: I’m probably the most eccentric person you will ever meet. Currently, I’m a student at UCONN double majoring in geology and creative writing. I love long distance biking. Oh yeah and I collect hobbies like your average ten year old collects trading cards. Let me see if i can say this all in one breath. ready, set, go. I write novels, I’m a self taught bladesmith (blacksmith that specializes in making knives and swords), I brew alcohol (but don’t drink it), I fish, I hunt, I’m long distance biker, I quad, I hike, and I will be learning the martial arts of krav maga and kendo starting in a few months. Whew! That about sums it up i think. Interested in what i do? Follow the blog!
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