March 1st - Update

March 1st - Update

It's been a busy few weeks for me here at the workshop! I recently completed an application for an arts grant on behalf of the Manitoba Blacksmith Guild. It was a great opportunity to showcase the incredible work that our guild members do, and I'm hopeful that our application will be successful.

Justin Lamoureux on the Manigotagan River, Crooked Current Rapids

In other news, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the "Somehow I Exist" podcast. We talked about my journey as a knifemaker and the challenges and rewards of running a small business. It was a great experience, and I'm looking forward to sharing the episode with you all once it's released.

Of course, there's been plenty of knife making going on as well. I spent some time heat treating 11 ULK knives, 3 Sakitawa Rapids, 2 Bird River knives, and 2 as-yet-unnamed Petty knives. These blades were made from high-quality AEB-L and CPM-154 steels, and I'm really excited about how they turned out.

Sakitawa Rapids Santoku in AEB-L steel

In addition to all the physical work, I've also been taking some time to organise my business. I've created some new documents to better track and manage the knives I make, and I think this will help me stay on top of things as my business continues to grow.

Finally, I have to admit that I'm feeling a bit nervous and anxious about the upcoming release of Fire & Slice. It's been a labor of love for me, and I'm really proud of what I've created. But waiting for it's release has started to create a nagging worry that people won't like it or that it won't live up to my expectations. Nonetheless, I'm excited to share this new product with the world, and I hope you'll all love it as much as I do!

Fire & Slice poster. Justin Lamoureux standing in his workshop with a blue light and a forge in the background.

That's all for now, folks. Thanks for tuning in, and stay tuned for more updates from my workshop!

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