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Former Nova Scotia Knife Maker Soon To Be Alberta Bound

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by N.Skinner, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. N.Skinner

    N.Skinner New Member

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    Howdy boys, just a note of inquiry more then anything else, me and the wife are headed to Alberta permanently in a few weeks and I wondered if anyone can point me in the direction of other traditional smiths? I've been a knife maker for 20 years now making only traditional blades. Frontier/homespun American knives and some European blades, all with a coal forge.
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi and welcome!

    Where abouts are you going to end up? There are a few around Edmonton. Some offer courses and what not.
     
  3. N.Skinner

    N.Skinner New Member

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    Calgary, no need for courses lol however would be nice to meet a few other traditional smiths.
     
  4. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Hi N. Welcome to the forum. There's a whole bunch of knifemakers in Alberta, doing both forging and stock removal. If you join the Westrern Camnada Knife Association (WCKA) you'll receive a membership list showing where a lot of us are located. Not a completely comprehensive list by any means since there are knifemakers who aren't a part of the group, but it's a good jumping off point. I'm in Wetaskiwin, myself.

    http://wcka.org/

    Jim T
     
  5. N.Skinner

    N.Skinner New Member

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    first off is get moved and settled, then I'll get setup again... Going to go to propane Instead of coal, I figure Calgary bylaws will frown apon a coal forge.
     
  6. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    That and your lack of proximity to Stellarton or Sydney Mines!
     
  7. N.Skinner

    N.Skinner New Member

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    Very true... I used a pile of it out of stellerton, also a bunch of peacoal from Pennsylvania.
     
  8. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    Hi N. And welcome to the Forum. I live in Calgary, and there are many great smiths and makers in Alberta. You'll be right at home here.
     
  9. N.Skinner

    N.Skinner New Member

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    Good to hear Rick, what style do you work in? Forge? Or stock removal?
     
  10. Rick Runciman

    Rick Runciman New Member

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    I'm a machinist, so I go for stock removal and tool steel.
     

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