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New From Kingston Here

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jamie, May 10, 2018.

  1. Jamie

    Jamie New Member

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    Hey just looking to see if anyone knows of where to go to take some lessons or some hobbyist near by to show me some ropes .I'll bring the beer
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi Jamie.
    I'll let others chime in as I am in Alberta. Nonetheless, welcome to the forum!

    Dan
     
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  3. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum Jaime, sadly I am in the GTA, but YouTube is your best friend until you get a chance to hook up with a local knife maker.
     
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  4. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Welcome Jamie!! You gotta be careful with all the talk of beer. You may end up with a couple dozen knife makers at your door one day.
     
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  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    "a couple dozen" = "a two-four" :beer:
     
  6. Jamie

    Jamie New Member

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    Hey it gets hot in there we have to keep hydrated and all.
     
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    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
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  8. EzraM

    EzraM New Member

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    I looked, when I was first interested, for courses and etc, but it was a fruitless search. My best friend was YouTube (as others have mentioned). I learned a fair amount from this channel. He has a few videos for true amateurs (like me) in which he thoroughly details the processes. Made it much less daunting.

    Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/aaronmarkgough
     
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  9. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Honestly, i went the youtube route myself. I watched youtube videos for a couple of weeks and rewatched the really good ones. Start with the very general and specific things. For example, to start, obviously focus on just getting the blank cut out. That's a bigger step than you might think depending on what tools you have. Then, you need to smooth the edges etc. Next, are you filling or grinding. Using a jig or not (if grinding, i would recommend starting with a jig)? Watch some videos on that. The first one takes a bit of nerve and a lot of research just to reassure yourself. But the second, you'll wonder what you were worried about. This craft, like so many others, isn't hard to learn but extremely difficult to master. The guys on this group have years of experience and have learned and mastered techniques that I don't even know about yet. It's okay. That's the fun part. Learning it. You'll make a knife first time out. It won't likely be pretty or what you thought. But it gets better. I didn't keep my youtube watchlists for knifemaking or i would've shared them.
     
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