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Sermon of the Axe

I’ve been on an axe binge lately. I’ve made several tomahawks/hatchets and my current project is a double bladed axe I’ve been commissioned to forge. While forging towel holders and camping tripods is good, there is just something incredible about forging an axe from start to finish. Taking a piece of scrap metal and bringing forth a strong useable tool. I thought I would go through the process the best I can using text and try to bring the significance to anyone reading with a quick walkthrough. First, I gather my materials: a 10″x2″ piece of steel(I like using old lawnmower blades and a piece of high carbon steel for the edge(piece of old file). Once my materials are ready, I get my forge burning hot and clean. After the old … Read entire article »

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Blacksmithing a rose-video

A short clip of working a rose   … Read entire article »

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The Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop

  I started blacksmithing not too long before Erin and I were married. After we were married I began working on my own forge. I started off first with a brake drum forge, but quickly realized that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with it, so over the winter and spring I began working on another forge. I finished it in May. In this post I will go over the basic things needed to … Read entire article »

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Pottery Wheel

Pottery Wheel

  This is a pottery wheel that I built using a truck axle, a barbeque grill and a tractor seat. I wrote an article about it in “Countryside Magazine” around July 2003. It was a fun project! I can send you the plans if you’re interested. My plan is to focus on these and other projects as time goes by. Check back often to see items in detail. We will do our best to update the site regularly and keep … Read entire article »

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Blacksmithing

       Blacksmithing is an ancient and fascinating art. It is not easily learned, but good results can be obtained early in your tries. I am amazed at the spiritual lessons that the LORD gives me as I hammer out the steel. Anytime the Bible mentions fire, it has a spiritual reference to judgement. Many scriptures refer to fire as being purifying. Before the steel is put in the forge, it can be rusted, dirty and of little value.      Once in the fire, the cleansing process takes place. The once hard steel, becomes pliable under the hammer and can be shaped into a usuable object. It is “tested” or “proved”. Other metals that are brought to a melting point are purified (see Numbers 31:23). Our lives go through testing, or through the … Read entire article »

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Treadle Wood Lathe

       This is a treadle powered wood lathe that I built. It draws a lot of attention at the craft shows that we do. It works quite well and I’ve been told that the speed is equivalent to a modern lathe. I built it from pipe-fittings, hardware store lumber and some pillow block bearings. There was some minor modifications that I made to it after putting a few hours on it. I think most of the kinks are out now.        I’m just an amateur at turning, but I do have a lot of fun with it. Some of my lathe tools are homemade from old files. They seem to cut pretty well and hold a good edge. So far I’ve only done spindle turning on it but started a bowl recently … Read entire article »

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Woodworking

Woodworking

     My grandfather was a wood carver and whittler. My early childhood memories are of sitting in his cedar shavings and of him letting me try his Buck knife. There is something special about taking wood and creating a one of a kind item.  Just knowing that our Lord chose carpentry as an occupation should make us think twice when we do it!   Living on a farm, I get lots of opportunities to work with wood. … Read entire article »

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My Pottery Wheel

     This is a pottery wheel that I built using a truck axle, a barbeque grill and a tractor seat. I wrote an article about it in “Countryside Magazine” around July 2003. It was a fun project! I can send you the plans if you’re interested.       My plan is to focus on these and other projects as time goes by. Check back often to see items in detail. We will do our best to update the site regularly and keep a newsletter, of sorts, going. Please write if you have questions.       Sincerely,    Paul   … Read entire article »

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The Sacred Cedars

     They were always given special place whenever we’d walk in the woods. I remember clearly, my father bending over and uncovering a small cedar as it struggled to emerge through the forest floor. I didn’t see the big deal in it at all, as they seemed like such useless trees to me. But somehow the smell of the cedar always made me think of home, family and sometimes even Christmas. Only when I bought my own place which had an abundance of cedar trees would I come to understand their importance to my father. As Angie and I walked through our new woods, I bent over to help a small tree up. I told her the story of my father helping a little tree out. I jokingly called them the … Read entire article »

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