Friday, January 7, 2011

Knife Making

For today's blog, I thought we should take a look at Steve's process for making a knife from scratch.

Here is an example of some design sketches and tools that Steve forges into knives.

Steve cutting a knife blank from a Model T leaf spring.

Rough grinding work on a forged knife blank.

A little hand fitting with a file.

Fabricating and fitting handle scales made of canvas micarta.

After hardening, the blade is annealed with a torch to remove some of the brittleness from the blade.

The annealed blade edge should cut a curl of steel from the nail without chipping the edge. This is how Steve tells when the blade is right.

Steve uses olive oil to quench tool steel. It works well and smells like pizza. :)

Each knife gets a hand fitted, wet molded leather sheath, all hand stitched.

Custom made knife and sheath for a friend in the Coast Guard. Canvas micarta handle with stainless steel bolster and blade made from old file.

3 stages of progression from file to knife. Handle is made of snake wood and buffalo horn with hand engraved stainless steel bolster.

This fighter is forged from an inch and a quarter Craftsman wrench with bronze fittings, micarta and buffalo horn handle and hand stitched wet molded leather.

2 stages of knife blade from Model T leaf spring.

Steve has taken professional level hand engraving courses through GRS in Kansas. Click here to visit their website.

If you or someone you know has an interest in knives, please give Steve a call or stop in the studio to see what Foxfire can offer!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gift Certificates, discount prices, Happy Holidays!

In this economy, it's good to try to support your local small businesses, especially during the holiday season! Come check out our sales on our great selection of quality brand name knives.

We also have some new sterling silver jewelry in stock or you can pre-order something extra special from Stuller Fine Jewelry.

If it's a tattoo you want to gift to someone, pick up a gift certificate. Gift Certificates are also a great choice if you aren't sure exactly what item to choose for that friend or family member on your list. You can purchase them here in the studio, or if you don't feel like leaving home, you can order them on our website through PayPal. How much easier can it get?? :) The link is below:

So come and visit us, and Max! We'd love to see you!

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter - the best time to get a tattoo!

The winter months are the best time to get a tattoo because you don't have to worry about problems with healing due to the sun, sweat or swimming. Some people love the season so much that they get work inspired by the season. Here are a couple examples of tattoos we've done here at Foxfire Studio:

Another good reason to get your ink done in the cooler months is because it doesn't tend to be as busy at the studio and it may be easier to get an appointment time. Also, by the time the warm months come around and you want to show some skin and your new artwork, it will be fully healed and looking it's best!

Give us a call here at 603-750-4113 to schedule your winter tattoos! Or feel free to walk in anytime during our open hours - M, T, Th, F, Sat. 12pm - 6pm, Sundays 12pm - 5pm.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The importance of drawing skills...

Check out this progression from sketch to each stage of tattooing...

Many nice tattoo pieces require several sittings to finish properly. This raven is still not quite done yet. Stay tuned for pictures of the finished piece. :)

It is also important to have good drawing skills in order to create a nice looking tattoo. There are many books on drawing to help improve your skills. One that we have here in the studio is "How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way" by Stan Lee and John Buscema.

This book is a good starting point for drawing human forms and perspective. Plus, it is interesting and comical (pun intended!). As Stan says in the Preface: "The pages that follow were created to give you an informed insight into the way the most popular comicbook superhero strips are designed and illustrated. They'll bring you as many artistic tips, tricks, secrets, and suggestions as possible. They'll show you what we strive for in doing our drawings, and how we go about achieving our unique objectives in art and design. We've tried to condense our own long years of training, toil, and experience into this one valiant little volume."

If you want to produce nice tattoos, you should make sure you have good drawing skills. Check out this book or the many others that are out there and get drawing! Practice makes perfect, after all! :)

Videos of Bryan tattooing

Monday, August 9, 2010

Studio Happenings...

Hello blog-readers!

Hey, we want to know... do you enjoy reading our blog? Have you clicked "Follow" over to the left? That's the best way to keep up with each new blog we post. We'd love for you to come back often to see what we have to say. We'd also love comments, feedback, blog topic ideas... Are there any particular things you'd like us to blog about? Please let us know! Anything that relates to what we do here at Foxfire Studio can be included - Tattoos, Jewelry, Art, Painting, Engraving, Knives... the possibilities are endless!

We just added some more photos to Pat's tattoo gallery on the website. Please check it out: Take a look at Bryan's website as well, which has updates on tattoos that he has been working on: For example, check out this raven he just finished up on a client (I've included the whole progression from sketch to completion) -

Also, we want to make sure you know that the Studio will be closed on Sunday, August 22nd.

Thanks, and please, send us your feedback! We'd love to hear it!