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New To Forum And Knifemaking

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kevin MacPherson, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Hello everyone,
    Pretty new to knifemaking. Took a 2 day course in Lethbridge which I highly recommend and was immediately hooked. Currently ruining a couple blades while learning the craft but am not discouraged as I'm learning a lot as I go. Have a decent shop with a 2 X 48" grinder, a kiln, portable metal band saw with table and most of everything else I need.
    Any advise would be much appreciated and if there are any knife builders out here in Alberta that would be ok with me visiting their shop for a tour and tips please let me know. Thanks all

    Kevin
     
  2. Prevenge

    Prevenge Member

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    Welcome! And...I think some of our more prominent maker members are from Alberta actually ;) Sounds like you are off to a good start for tooling up for the addiction and there are lots of knowledgeable folks here...welcome to the cult of cutlery.
     
  3. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Thanks Prevenge. Appreciate the welcome.
     
  4. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Welcome Once your hooked it's no turning back :)
     
  5. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    Oh Geesh....better say goodbye to your love one now....because this is the last time you will see them! :D
    Welcome to the addiction!
     
  6. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Welcome Kevin. I'm new to all this too. I have only two complete knives under my belt. I've done several "practice" blades as well but none of them ended up being worth finishing. Okay okay.. i admit it - i didn't intend for them to be practice blades when i started. This forum is the place to be. Everyone here will help you with just about any question you have. There will also be some interesting off topic stuff too (i.e. would aliens prefer chunky or smooth peanut butter) but that could be mostly me : )
    There is definitely something in the water in Alberta that makes you guys want to make your own cutlery. Manitoba too.
     
  7. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Hi Todd,
    I built a knife when I took my knife making course and it turned out to be decent. I have since cut out another drop point and a skinner although have not heat treated yet as I'm trying to fix some mistakes on them prior to doing that. Might just discard...we'll have to see. Having a hard time to get my bevels to line up even with the use of a jig. Trying to sort that out but optimistic I'll get there. Yes, lots of activity in the west and some great resources on this forum. Lets keep in touch.
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    If you finish the knife even if less than perfect it gives you something to beat the crap out of and not worry about wrecking or breaking. Just a small piece of mind what you are doing is going to work.

    Oh and Welcome
     
  9. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Hi Kevin,

    Welcome to the forum. I was just down in Lethbridge over the Christmas break. Windy. :)

    Dan
     
  10. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Thanks John and Dan. Good advice Dan...I have a couple I'll heat treat later this week even if far from perfect. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    Dan, yeah pretty windy down here and flat. You can watch your dog run away for three days LOL. I'm originally from New Brunswick although spent three years in Lacombe before moving here. I really enjoy living in the west. Big shout out to you guys for all your form posts and Don...I'm using a couple of your templates. Big thanks
     
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  11. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Hey, welcome to the forum, Kevin! Lethbridge is my old stomping grounds and my old alma mater. I'm in Wetaskiwin now. I'm curious, who taught the knifemaking course you took in Lethbridge? By the way, if you want to find more Alberta knifemakers, check out the Western Canada Knife Association website. Lots of us in this province.

    Jim T
     
  12. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Hi Jim,
    I'm actually in Nobleford just north of Lethbridge. I travel quite a bit and moved here so that my wife would have some family close by for support when I'm away. I took a two day weekend course from Dennis Danyluk in Lethbridge. Quite a character and very knowledgeable about knifemaking. He also builds his own belt grinders and kilns. I have a 2" X 48 " he built and have one of his kilns as well. Good guy. He gets students from as far away as Europe. Usually 6 max students at a time although there were just two including myself when I took the course. Charges $300 which includes materials and you walk away at the end of the course with your own custom knife you built while taking the course. Well worth it to newbies to take this course.
     
  13. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    interesting. Would you say that it would be useful information for just beginners? Would it benefit somebody who has made a handful of knives already or is just for newbies. Does anybody know of any hands on courses or training? Nothing too intense. I don't want to travel to a secret mountain top monastery for 3 years and learn from a secret order of monks who made knives for the emperor of China (though that would be cool too). I was thinking something more like you did, a weekend course or maybe even a seminar thing. Preferably in Ontario. If it's delivered by a secret order of hammer blacksmith monks, that's okay too.
     
  14. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Geared more towards beginners however if you've made a few knives and are struggling I would suggest taking it. By the end of two days of training and in class hands on knife making you have a fair bit of confidence to tackle some projects on your own. Highly recommend it. As John mentioned storch knives is also a good option. Might be worth a trip to Alberta.
     
  16. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    I took my very first knife course from Ed Storch many moons ago (many, many moons ago). It was a 2-day course that spanned a weekend and I went home with my very first hand crafted knife. Real ugly, clunky thing, but it was my first and I made it. I still have it.

    Over the years, I've had the good fortune to meet quite a few knifemakers and they've all been very generous with their time and knowledge, sharing their experience. Check out this link to the Western Canada Knife Association (WCKA) members page if you want to find some knifemakers close to home:
    http://wcka.org/wcka-members-2/
     
  17. Kevin MacPherson

    Kevin MacPherson Member

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    Thanks, will definitely join. Looks like a great bunch of folks.
     
  18. james Cuff

    james Cuff New Member

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    Hi Kevin,

    great to see you in the forum, as you can see there is a great community here and a lot of knowledge. Im up in Calgary and have made about 7 completed knives, mostly Japanese inspired chef knives. I just purchased a KMG grinder and am wondering if the course in L.A. uses a 2x72? I would be very interested in taking the course to get some grinding pointers before I wreck a bunch of steel.

    James
     
  19. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Hi Kevin, welcome to the forum.
     
  20. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Hi Kevin, welcome to the forum.
     

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