ElementFe is my trade name for the Guemes Island blacksmith shop; designing, forging, and building handcrafted forged steel and iron furniture, gates, railings, candlesticks, spoons, kitchenware and all manner of repair and fabrication.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Small damascus blade, just out of heat treatment

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bowie progress

Bevels set, working on handle attachment. Blade is just over nine inches


Got an order for a large bowie-here it is forged, profiled, and rough ground.
Finished blade length will be just over 9".
O-1 tool steel, spine is around .21" thick, blade width about 1 1/2"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Studded K-Pod

440c stainless, spun copper studs
This is an experiment A) to try rivet spinning, B) to try a new oxidized finish, C) trying ways to make grip on a handle without hiding the steel (for the ones made from layered steel)
It's pretty butch. It's beyond butch.

foot rail brackets

foot rail brackets

Wrought brackets for a local bistro

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Just out of heat treat. 440c 1/8", 3" blade. Handle will have a serious of studs for grip, in the drilled holes

Monday, November 07, 2011

K-pod model, damascus

1084/15n20   3" blade, 1/8" thick. Outline is ground, ready for bevels and handle work

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hooks and eyes

Closure for garage doors, 3/8 square steel, black rust preventive paint, matchbook for perspective


Steel back plate, forged iron handles

Door handles

Handles for the front door of a local cafe

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Conley railing- 48 foot welded aluminum pipe and picket. Custom fitted to sloping angled deck

Thursday, October 13, 2011


All for sections done, ready for install

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Three done, beginning layout for the fourth and last section

Friday, October 07, 2011

Second railing section

Two down, two to go

First section

First section assembled-aluminum pipe and picket railing system


Faceted ball on slide bolt and accents on cleats and handles

Door hardware

Grab handles amd slide bolts

Friday, September 30, 2011

New stuffs for the weekend event

From left: seven weed diggers- two hori type, three made from railroad spikes, two trowel type.
Four spoons, four trowels, two long two short. One door handle snuck in there....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thumb Latch

Thumb lever lifts a flat drop bar (not shown) that is caught by pin


Door latch in pieces


Completed hinges for four barn doors

Cane bolts

For came bolts for barn doors- 36"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Nicole's railing

A job well done-Gene and Sam enjoy their success


Hard to see the whole thing but this gives one an idea


Checking fit....

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Barn hinges ready for paint

Friday, September 09, 2011

Moon rise

I just had to post this-moon over Guemes Channel

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


The first of ten-still hot out of the oven

Monday, September 05, 2011

Crystal temper line

My very first attempt st a visible crystalline boundary

Burl table

Ron Flint of Mitercraft with burl table

Burl table

Table bases

Table bases, for a collaboration with Mitercraft . Steel,17"tall, maple burl

Prototype for knives for my son's unit in the First Infantry.
Blade, 4"
Overall, 8.5"
Steel is circular sawmill blade, tests as med/hi carbon, .15 thick.
Cocobolo handle- way too nice for a prototype, but I'll be carrying this one.
Production knife will be 440c bead blasted stainless, with choice of Purpleheart or synthetic (micarta) grip.
Also available in D2 or CPM 154- I recommend 440c because of the difficulty of sharpening "super steels" in the field.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Meanwhile back at the ranch...

Setting up for the last components on the railing

Sign for slow loris

Elementfe- making ideas three-dimensional since 2004

Ready for paint

Cut out

Cutting out

Pattern for jess' weather vane

Wednesday, August 10, 2011