Author Archive for A.J. Drew

A Blacksmith on the Roof

A.J. Drew taking a break from forging steel

When forging hand made knives and other steel goods next to an open coal forge, a guy needs a break now and then.  So this blacksmith occasionally takes to the roof of his building at the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival.…

Church Key Bottle Openers

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There are a million and one ways blacksmiths forge bottle openers.  Some are down right confusing.  More so if you pick them up after you’ve already uncapped and finished a few.  Once you know the secret of how to use…

Railroad Spike Knives

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Despite the many claims that railroad spikes make for great knives, the carbon content of a rail road spike knife is not generally high enough to provide good edge retention.  Even the more modern HC rail road spikes fall far…

Produce Cart

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It started off as a question from one of the owners / managers of The Kentucky Highlander Renaissance Festival. “Would you like to sell plants and produce at the festival?” The question came from Holly Sprabary via Facebook.  I’ve been…

What do you do?

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What do you do? More often than not, what the question really asks is what do you do for a living. I can’t really answer that question. With my various challenges, there are very few things I can do for…

No more GMO?

It seems many people are wildly opposed to GMO crops but few understand the balance between risk and benefit.  The largest identified risk is coming from the herbicides used with some GMO crops and not the crops themselves.  While some…

The New Nigers

A shocking title for a shocking, ongoing, and increasing sickness in the United States. If you do not look, sound, and act physically, cognitively, and emotionally healthy; your rights tend to be weighed much differently than a health individual.  This…