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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

hand made


B
ifrost Blacksmithing in Ketchikan, Alaska had to have been one of the most pleasant and simple highlights of the trip. I know I said I was finished talking about Alaska but the whole knife thing reminded me.



Jake Beimier is a blacksmith like the old days. He loves his craft and he is such a pleasure to talk to. Get him going on his Viking club and you will learn things you never thought possible, anyway he was making knives out of railroad spikes and jewelry out of old silverware. We have all seen the spoon or fork handle ring but he took the scoop part of the spoon and fashioned them into leaves for a necklace - very cool.



The knives are rustic but razor sharp.



This 'skinner' design is his own creation. The knife is designed to hang from your pinky finger while you skin the animal rather than having to put the knife down and then pick it back up - makes sense to me.



Speaking of handmade here is a cheese update.




We are a month into it and we have a month to go. I have been shamelessly nibbling on the smaller one.




They taste great! I can not wait to cut into the big guy!

22 comments:

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Wow, what a cool thing to see while on vacation!

I love those knives that he made, so cool!!

I've seen cheese making on Food TV, and it is a long process! They look good though!

Harmony said...

Those knives look amazing...I'd like to see Mr. Beimier working.

One more month on the cheese? That's quite the process. Also? There's nothing wrong with a little shameless nibbling, is there?

Marjie said...

The guy looks like he skins stuff. Not someone you'd want to cross (although those bear-like looking dudes are often just giant teddy bears). Enjoy your cheese!

the ungourmet said...

Did you buy one of his knives? They are such works of art! I loved Alaska when I visited. Would love to go back.

Your cheese is coming along nicely. :D

lisaiscooking said...

Cool knives! You will be sharing that cheese, right? Let me go ahead and give you my address.

Pooja said...

Wow the guy is truly gifted! Loved all the knives! Your cheese is turning out great. Oh one more month to go? If I were you I would have had a hard time controlling my temptations!

Jill said...

Cool knives...but the cheese! Looks amazing!

doggybloggy said...

jenn@slim: fresh cheese can be made in an hour -

harmony: I want to let this blue really have its time

marjie: you nailed it - big ol teddy bear!

ungourmet: I did not buy one - it would have been another novelty knife that I dont need

lisa: look out austin here comes some stinky cheese

pooja: I am having a very hard time...

jill: thanks!

girlichef said...

He does amazing work...it's all gorgeous!! And your cheese is lookin' ooey, gooey great! Off to add your button :D

Reeni♥ said...

I am not sick of Alaska! This handiwork is beautiful. And so is the cheese, nibble nibble...

Bina said...

That guy making jewelry and knives is fascinating! I would love to watch something like that. It's right up my alley!

You are making cheese???? You always amaze me. Now I have to go back and catch up to see when this started!!!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I really like the ripening color of that wheel of cheese - here's hoping it's stinky and delicious!

The Duo Dishes said...

OMG, that cheese wheel is crazy. Looking forward to seeing the final pieces.

Melody said...

Cool to see the cheese making process! Patience always pays off.

Heff said...

Very cool !

Jenn said...

i love the designs on the handles of the knives. That's really neat. You don't find too many people like his doing kind of craft now-a-days.

Those cheeses look mighty tempting right now!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Wow! How cool...I hope you bought some of the good stuff from Alaska...
Christo, you are a versatile self-trained chef, who offers so much more than a professional!

Thumbs up!
Angie's Recipes

The Diva on a Diet said...

Both the knives and the cheese are gorgeous. Gorgeous, handmade creations ... what a wonderful thing!

doggybloggy said...

girli: all buttoned up...this guy is an artist and a craftsman

reeni: speaking of widgets I need to add yours

bina: I do what I can...

TW: it is really looking good, if I have to say so myself

duo: I got all motivated and started more today...

melody: patience is a virtue that I was slow to acquire

heff: thanks heff

jenn: I could imagine his grip since he pounds a heavy hammer all day

angie: that is the nicest thing that anyone could ever say - thank you so much -

diva: you said it sister!

Keithgarrick said...

Thanx for sharing, I have been looking to make my own cheese for a while. Thanx for the inspiration

TavoLini said...

I love the handles on the knives!

I would nibble like mad on that cheese.

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