Handmade Knives & Hand Tools
  1. Galic scapes in our garden

Our process Creating  Tools & Knives

Aki Yamamoto, Kai & Scott Richardson

Handmade Working Knives & WoodcarvingTools
We recover lumber mill carbon, saw blade steels, copper and brass from local mines and  quality handle materials from recovered wood, moose and deer antler.
We approach every knife and tool we make as an individual piece of working art. Materials are hand picked and crafted for each piece. We choose not to use buffing machines or pneumatic hammers. Our shop is very simple. All our products are handmade to last generations.

Our handles are made from British Columbia moose, elk, and deer antler, or selected  local hardwoods.

We are full time artisans making custom handmade tools and knives. Our products are original designs made with care considering the quality, significance and durability of each of the recovered materials we use. Our shop is small and powered by the sun. With a few simple tools 
we create working art with soul. 

We recovered big old sawmill sawblades, bandsaw blade and planer blade that were used in the Cariboo/Chilcotin to cut up big trees in the British Columbian mills.

Steels used in the forest lumber industry in B.C. These strong and tough steels are an excellent choice for tools and knives. We've lived in the bush since1997 here on the edge of Chilcotin Plateau. All the steel we build with has been tried and tested by us (and the mills).

Considering the impact lumber mill saw blades have had on our planet and the superb steel the old saw blades were made from, it seems insane that they were thrown out or used to make cheap pots and car doors. There is a limited supply.

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  1. big  6 foot sawblade
  2. 6 foot in diameter saw blade skeleton
  3. bandsaw teeth against firewood
  4. knife making materials
  5. potential chisel set
  6. Big saw blade peices
  7. Old wreck in the bush
  8. source of high carbon steel
  9. saw blade, drawing patterns for knives and tools
Aki and Scott were both trained art students awhile ago. Like any disipline art is practiced. They practice art by seeing it everywhere.                                       Our Fireweed Blog
We recover the strongest and toughest steels used in the lumber mill industry that cut and move timber. Because of where we live and being amongst central British Columbia's lumber mills we've been able to work full time since 1997 We've worked and tested, experimented and researched different steels used in the logging and mill industry. 
The extra work involved recovering and processing 
is worth it. 18 inch to 6 foot circular saw blades 3/32 " 
to 5/16" thick, chipper blades up to 4' x 3/4" thick  
Excellent steel for woodworking and bush tools.  

​High carbon steels with a combination of molybdenum, 
chromium and nickel. The high amounts of vanadium, molybdenum and tungsten make the steel resistant to wear, which lends itself to strong edge holding. .  
Without carbon, the steel cannot be hardened. Nickel improves the toughness of the steel and helps reduce distortion in the quenching process but is mostly for toughness. Silicon is added for durability and makes the edge last longer and hold tension longer. Manganese increases tensile strength and durability. Chromium aids in fending off rust.  Chrome also improves wear resistance, resists softening in the temper process and increases hardenability of steel.  Molybdenum, commonly referred to as “Moly” is essential for the control of the hardness of the steel when tempering.

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We strive to live sustainably, growing our own food, making one of a kind heavy duty hand tools and knives, creating art, while leaving a light footprint..  With heart, art and soul. We are a small family business.  Living and working in isolation, by the sun, off the grid in boreal forest on the edge of the Chilcotin plateau in central British Columbia.
  1. trees in Chilcotin country
  2. cut fir ready for pick up
  3. firewood
  4. putting the garden in
  5. 2017 forest fire summer sky
  6. big sky
  7. Dad's sprinklers
  8. Toad and Queen
  9. kid and dog by the lake
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