good day all my name is robin i own a house in trail, bc i work overseas spend my winters primarily in southeast asia. i had surgery a couple months ago and as part of recovery i started building knives.... and i love it! i was a butcher for a few years before i got into aviation. my primary focus is building functional tools. i get most of my material from the reuse it center AKA fancy term for dump! lol! i have spent a few bucks here and there on material and form a few of the books i have read spend some $ on steel so far i have used 01 and 1095. any bladesmithes in the kootenays? im looking to join a club or have coffee to exchange ideas or materials. this forum has been a wealth of information!!