We've been living now in the boreal forest on the edge of the Chilcotin plateau in the central British Columbia bush since 1997. We are off the grid, living with power from the sun and working toward a sustainable way of life. We've chosen to take the time.
From 1997 until 2000 we recovered enough high quality carbon steel from the lumber mills around Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada to support ourselves making tools and knives in the bush for 30 years. Isolated on the edge of the Chilcotin plateau, off the grid, we support ourselves. We work and grow by the sun. We've been powering our shop with sun energy
Aki Yamamoto is a versatile artist, carving, sculpting, printmaking, drawing and working with leather. She studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Together, broad world travel, study and living in an environment of harmony with life continue to influence her work.
Scott Richardson studied at Capilano University and Emily Carr. He began making carving tools for carvers in 1991 at Capilano under George Rammell, a master craftsman, teacher and west coast sculptor. Scott started with leaf springs (5160), handforging and heat treating the steel.
Both Aki and Scott are trained artists and approach their tool and knife making as working art.
The Chilcotin - Cariboo is the region in which they live. The different styles of edge tools used in this region are brought together and made by Cariboo Blades Tools & Knives - Aki, Scott and Kai.
"Working with craftspeople like loghome builders, chefs, wood carvers, wood workers and artists, we have developed our own unique style of high quality traditional hand tools and working knives from the finest materials. The steel, wood and antler we use is local and recovered and we use the sun's energy to power our shop".
Everything they build is custom to order so your suggestions and questions are welcome.
When their supply of high carbon saw blade steel is done Cariboo Blades will be over.