We will be at the following farmer’s markets weekly. Chatham Farmer’s Market Tuesdays from 3-6:30 starting May 23rd and Cape Cod Beer Farmers Market‘s on Fridays from 3-6 Starts May 26th. Both of these run weekly till early October. The TBA dates are dates we have registered for shows but have not heard back on yet. I will update this as info comes in. As usual our shop hours will be Mon Wed Thur 2-7 Please call ahead to make sure we are here. for other times call for appointment.
17th and 18th Father’s Day car show and Hyannis street festival Castleberry craft show.
1,2 Chatham Ma Community Center Castleberry Craft Show
7-9 SCA event Great North Eastern War Maine. Selling with Teal Woodcraft.
8-9 Henry Wing School Castleberry Craft Show.
22,23 Village Green Hyannis Castleberry Craft Show
29,30 Drummer Boy Park Brewster Castleberry Craft Show.
30 Live Love Local?
9th Midnight Madness Pennsic Pennsylvania
12-13 Harwich Cranberry Fest26,27 Drummer Boy Park Brewster Castleberry craft fair+
2,3 John Simpkins Yarmouth Castleberry Craft Fair.
16,17 Harwich Cranberry Fest
24th Live Love Local
7-9 Yarmouth Seaside Festival
14th 15th. TBA
Nov: Whew Nothing in November. If we find anything we will let you know or let us know if you know. You know?
3rd Live love Local.
31 and Jan 1 New Years Eve and Day Farmer’s Market P Town.
Cape Cod Beer has been nice enough to give us a display case in their shop! They are fantastic people with a fantastic product and a gift shop filled with products by Cape Cod Makers. Go Check out their new Root Beer. It is non alcoholic and frosty on tap with a hit of vanilla that makes you think you are drinking a root beer float. Yummy!!!! Their Farmers Markets will be starting up on May 26th from 3-6 pm look for us there and bring your knives if they need sharpening.
We had a great weekend at Brewster in Bloom. We set up in the rain and broke down in the rain but there was some sunshine in between. Sales were good and we met a lot of great people, made some great contacts and got a dozen new names for our newsletter!. We gave out our last 50 cards and interested a lot of people in knife sharpening. I feel we will be having a lot of visits to our shop as there are many fans of Forged in Fire who have been bitten by the knife bug and want to see how the process works.
Update on the Land Rover coil spring knives. They went on a turkey hunt! Not clear if a gun or bow was used or if the Land rover backed over one in the driveway. It is possible on Cape Cod. I think the turkeys outnumber the seagulls now. One snuck up on Tom in the shop yesterday and gobbled him near into a heart attack. So go hunt those things and cut them up with a Cape Cod Cutlery knife!!!!
We will be at Brewster in Bloom this weekend. It is our first craft show ever! We have been working around the clock on a brand new batch of knives. We have a new sanding technique for the blades and the finishes on these new knives is coming out really nice. Here is a sneak peak of where we are at with 2 days to go. The last knife is sold but I like it a lot. Tt has a sassafras handle which Tom and I are both highly allergic to the dust from so making a knife with this on is a labor of love which takes about 2 weeks to recover from. I do love it though.
The forecast was gloom and doom. The morning was overcast and we even felt a drop of rain while setting up. I had a conversation with the Thunder Beings letting them know how important the day was to me and they saw their way to letting it be a beautiful day. Brian Dimmock of the Knotted Devil Manufactory and Forged in Fire was present and made a cutlass!! We made a couple of sets of wheel barrow axle brackets for a landscaper that happened to be there and made loops on the end of rebar posts for one of the event organizers to use to rope off areas. We then worked on a dagger while Brian’s apprentice Dave worked on armor and repaired a viking warriors helmet that had met with some Dane ax blows and was not up to the job. We made it into pictures on Capecod.com. Our apprentice Marwin was on hand and made it into some of the pictures as well. The day ended with us meeting a really cool knife maker from Virginia who just moved up to Wareham a few months ago Matthew Lajoie and we can not wait to hang out and make some knives with him.
We have three of the four knives made from an old Land Rover coil spring finished. We have a bird and trout knife with cherry burl and a red liner. We have a bush craft knife with ebony and a yellow liner and a beautiful bird and trout with brass and snake wood with a black liner. The fourth knife is a Skinner which we finished forging today and will hopefully be finished in a couple of days. The Skinner having a taller blade then the others required us to upset the spring forcing more metal into a smaller area. Our first attempt using the springs normal size ended up with the metal being far to thin. Coil spring steel is really great steel for making knives out of . It is hard and flexible. However it has the ability to air harden which makes it impossible to anneal and drill so all holes need to be hand punched while hot. I like the end result but it is really hard making a knife out of spring steel compared to other steels we work with.
So we have been keeping busy recently with custom orders. As a matter of fact most of the sales we have been making are custom orders. The requests are often strange and unusual but I guess we like the challenge We finished up a model 1855 Prussian pioneer sword rehandleing project. We also got three of a four knife order forged to shape out of a land rover coil spring. We also took on a project to make a Seax out of grand dads meat cleaver which should arrive sometime next week. The handle of the Prussian sword was made from the old method of stacking birch bark into a handle. It is quite involved but in the end makes a nice looking and sturdy handle. Enjoy the pictures of the process.
April 29th 10-4 at Mashpee Middle school will be the Cape Cod Mini Makers Faire.
Cape Cod Cutlery will be in attendance. We will be co sponsoring a Black smithing demo along with the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronisms of which we are also a part. We hope to have local medieval weapon smith Rusty Griffin at the Anvil along with weapon and armor smith Brian Dimmock. These master craftsmen will be joined by Cape Cod Cutlery and the local metal workers group within the SCA. There will also be fighting and fencing and music and dance and all sorts of other demonstrations of the things we do in the SCA. You can of course purchase Cape Cod Cutlery knives as well. We look forward to seeing you there and come see people make things by hand. If you don’t make something ask yourself, “why not ?” If you don’t know what you will like to make come on down there are plenty of people to help you figure it out.