View Full Version : Greetings from The Deep Woods

01-28-2010, 06:40 PM
Hi everyone. I’m glad I found this forum. It looks like there are a lot of people in here just like me.

All my life I have been making things, and “building my own.” I’m the kind of guy that would rather make my own, or rebuild an old decrepit hunk of junk into a sleek new gleaming beauty.

A couple years ago, I got into a serious motorcycle wreck. I had a nice supper with my son, and headed home. I remember turning down the road by the golf course, and then I woke up a week later in Dartmouth-Hitchcock. I was in a coma. I almost died. I come out if it with 13 broken bones, and a traumatic brain injury, kind of like the troops get from the roadside bombs in Iraq. It’s a good thing I was wearing a helmet and full leathers!

The hospital bills were all resolved by the insurance, but I was now out of work, couldn’t walk, and busted up real bad. Worst of all, I had bills to pay. I had to sell something. It was either my guns, or my machinery. Many of my guns were left to me by my old man. All the rest took a long time to attain. Sell them? No way. So the machines went up on the market. They were all sold within a week on Craigslist.

I ‘m retired GI. Been married 33 years. Got two kids, 27, and 30. I’m a second-gen machinist. My dad was a machinist. Neither of us ever seemed to get into a place with production, just prototyping and repair. I loved that the best. Standing there churning out part after part week after week is… death. Living death.

Before I sold my gear, I was a custom knifemaker. I had to take a job for a few months to supplement my income. My knife sales had fallen off, and I was tiring of the daily grind. Its really hard to push yourself to stay in your shop and work when the sun is shining and your dog is sitting in the doorway with a look on his face that says, “Hey Dad, let’s go”!

So here I am, somewhere around 90% rehabilitated, and I want to get back into knifemaking, and possibly making a few firearms. Here are a couple of my knives:


The sheaths are by me also.


So here I am. I feel like a soldier who has just met up with his old unit again. Good to be here!

01-28-2010, 06:45 PM
Wel;come aboard! Good group and very knowledgeable! Fun time with the local interactions. Hope you enjoy it! Fred

01-28-2010, 07:01 PM
Hello Kibby

Nicely done and nice leather too.

Do I see Bocote, maple, mother of pearl and snakewood?

..one of mine:)


01-28-2010, 07:20 PM
Hello Kibby

Nicely done and nice leather too.

Do I see Bocote, maple, mother of pearl and snakewood?

..one of mine:)


A brother in arms! Nice folder you got there, David. I'm thinking I can make a few knives to help pay for a mill and a lathe. With those I can build a good belt grinder, and then WATCH OUT! :eek:

01-28-2010, 07:36 PM
try these out,
theyre having the mother of all grinder builds. one gets built then they improve and build another. post your build here so i can take your link back to sft!:D pigpen

Your Old Dog
01-28-2010, 07:43 PM
Welcome to the forum. I think you'll like it. Not a lot of trouble makers here! Don't run off now. I'm fixing to get back to knife making as well after a 25 yers away from it. I am now collecting my goodies to build a 2x72" belt grinder. My one of years ago was a Wilton snag wheel grinder and I built around250-300 knives with it. Also did some gun engraving for several years but never really put the two together.

Your stuff looks great! Hope to compare notes with you. Hope you enjoy your stay and maybe you can help me change folders

01-28-2010, 07:53 PM
Nice work Kibby... and welcome. :)

01-28-2010, 08:15 PM
Wow, those are some nice looking knives!
Welcome aboard!

01-28-2010, 08:16 PM
Kibby, those are some nice blades man. Glad you kept the guns, the machines can be replaced but not the family guns.

Sorry about the motorcycle accident. I love motorcycles but am scared of cars around me so I don't ride. My son and his wife are Harley riders, they have three of them.

I think you'll like this forum, it's like visiting a coffee shop or going to work without leaving your home.

Mike Burdick
01-28-2010, 08:16 PM
Wow Kibby, very nice work!

Without giving away any "secrets" can you post some photos of a knife in various steps of production?

01-28-2010, 09:48 PM
Welcome to the forum Kibby,
Beautiful work!

Just what my ego needs, results I can only dream of, now once again, off to the garden to eat frozen worms.

01-28-2010, 09:51 PM
Wow Kibby, very nice work!

Without giving away any "secrets" can you post some photos of a knife in various steps of production?

There are no such thing as secrets in my mechanical world, Mike. We are nothing if we can't learn from each other. Give me a couple days to find some, and I'll post what I have.

Mike Burdick
01-28-2010, 10:11 PM
Thanks Kibby, I would appreciate that very much!

01-28-2010, 11:07 PM
Better late than never in joining the chorus of "welcome aboard". I would also be interested in seeing your build photos...the finished products sure do look nice.


01-29-2010, 12:23 AM
Hi Kibby and welcome to the forum. Lots of good people on this forum.

Nice work on the knives. Good therapy.

If I had to make a choice between selling my guns or my machinery, the machines would be gone.:( It's also a lot easier to relocate guns than machinery.

I also had a bike accident in '97 that took me out of productivity for a year or so. Mostly better now. Stay strong and remember this; that which does not kill me will make me stronger.

The time will come that you will look back on this as one of lifes speedbumps.


01-29-2010, 01:04 AM
Wow guys, nice knives. I didn't realize knives would be that welcome here but I'm glad , and I guess I could give a one shot at showing a few of mine. My dad has been a machinest all my life, but I only recently caught the bug when I aquired a mill/lathe for improving my production on knife guards and other small fixtures related to knifemaking.I too nearly died here not long ago from something called diverticulitus and then serious peritinitus. Spent 32 days in a hospital bed after having a big section of my large intestines removed. Here in a few weeks I go back in to get myself hooked back up. Also been a full time knifemaker/blacksmith for the last three years who will be looking for another fulltime job as soon as I'm fully recovered cause the wife has decided it's just been to much for her and want's to go her own way soon as I'm recovered, Oh well! Whats a guy to do? Anyway, here are a few photo's , hope they upload ok. Wes


oddball racing
01-29-2010, 06:41 AM
Kibby, Welcome and enjoy.
Those knives are beautiful pieces of workmanship; bringing your photos of your work in your opening post of that caliber, just boosted the forums vast knowledge of experts in all fields even remotely related to machine work. You also caused a few more "show-and-tell" from other knife making members. The rest of us always like that.

There are all sorts of people with various background here besides machining. Wait til you meet a few uf us.:D I too would be bored to death churning out part after part all day (Although I deeply respect those who can or did tolerate it) I dabble about in machines/machining for repairs and as a pastime. The only thing I seem to be an expert in is starting projects:o that go awry.:eek:
Where abouts in NH are you? Always good to have another set of feelers in the area for the potential machine that may come by. I from central Mass and have a few machinist friends and contacts scattered about up your way. Feel free to PM your location if you're up for it.

01-29-2010, 07:09 AM
I live in Monadnock area, Mike. Just north of Peterborough. I too am now on the prowl for some decent machinery, but the obstacle now is the $$$. I'll have to make a few knives the old-school way before I can regain some of my gear.

Wes: Those are nice knives, brother! I really like the carving and inlay you've done. Embellishment and artistic flair is what separates the "everyday" knife from the "hey now!" knife. Sorry to hear that you've had a run of bad luck/health. Wife says if you had diverticulitis that bad and lived, you are truly a lucky man. She is in the medical profession, not clinical -analytical. She analyzes treatments and trends in procedures. She's seen a lot of sickness and misery. I'm glad to see that you'll come out on the other end of it.

01-29-2010, 11:02 AM
Sorry about the accident but I'm glad you found this site. Those knifes look awesome and I'm sure there is a lot of us here who would love to see your work and share your ideas. Welcome.

01-29-2010, 05:34 PM
Kibby, those a very pretty looking knives. How much would something like that sell for in a store or ebay?

oddball racing
01-30-2010, 07:35 AM
Kibby, those a very pretty looking knives. How much would something like that sell for in a store or ebay?
I bet you he would trade you a couple for a mill, a lathe and a belt-sander.:)