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Hoods Woods won a 2nd place Telly award for this video in the Best Instructional video category! This outstanding video won us one of the two awards we won in the Telly Awards competition for 2001.

We also won 1st place for the Best Non-Broadcast Documentary video for our Jungle skills video.

More about the Telly awards can be found here

Woodsmaster Volume 9

Primitive Knifemaking

How good is this information? 

In Volume 10 you will see how we used the information in this video to construct this wilderness forge!



Steel yourself because in this volume of the Woodsmaster...

Ron and Karen Hood take you to Arizona to meet two of the leading knife makers in the Neo-Tribal Metalsmiths.

Tai Goo and Tim Lively  (click to visit them) reveal the secrets of materials selection, forge building, tools, techniques and tempering so you can make your own terrific tools or blades at home or in the field. Why buy expensive knives when you can make your own...from JUNK?

Once you’ve seen these techniques you will have the knowledge to make metal tools in the field. Find a horseshoe, build a primitive forge and a fire. Then, with a rock or a hard stick, you can heat and pound that piece of rusted junk into a usable and effective tool or weapon.

You will learn that you don’t need electricity, power tools or boat loads of money to make beautiful, functional and durable knives or other metal pieces. You will see that you can build a forge in your own back yard and you don’t need Arnie’s arms to hammer hot steel. It’s all in the technique…

1 hour and 45 minutes of amazing material that will give you even more skills to help you along on the road to self-sufficiency.

Don't miss it!

Scenes from the video. You'll be instructed every step of the way.


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Tai Goo

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Tim Lively

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Tai discusses good knife making materials

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Tim's Bladesmithing area

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Tai Splits hot steel with a chisel

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Tim Shows the steps in preparing steel blanks

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Tai demonstrates his forge while his loyal slave looks on..

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Tim is so primitive he won't even use a match!

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The Steel car spring starts to look like a knife

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Tim counter bends the blade blank

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Not bad for a chunk of hammered steel!

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Tim forges the "tang" and shows how to find the correct forging colors

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Tai uses a steel pipe to harden

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Tim tempers a blade with big tongs

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Tai dips hot steel into oil to harden

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Tim shapes a butt cap for the knife

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Tai holds the finished blade... 3 hours!

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Tim fits the butt cap with a hammer

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Is it flexible? Check this out!

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Tim shows how to use Pine sap and deer 

dung as a glue for the handle

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Tai cuts a steel bar with his new blade!

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The finished product! See it become a knife from start to finish...

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Tai's apprentice Jeff, shows off the knives he has made after three months of working with steel.

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Tim's wife Marian shows her unusual anvil 

made with a bowling ball!

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Jeff's back yard forge... You'll be amazed!

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Some of Marian's hand made friction folders

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Some of Tai's hammer forged blades

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One of Tim's old style Bowies

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