Two years ago we thought we might want to make axes, and it was spending a day forging a paper knife with the fantastically patient Melissa Cole that led us to the light. A further weekend with the inestimable Dave Budd gave us a further steer, and since then we’ve received excellent advice from all of our suppliers, but most notably Richard Airey of Barmond who supplies us with wisdom and steel and George Roberts from Man and Machine who is the Inventor HSM guru.
Will Chappell, from Apogee Industries in sunny Pewsey, has provided constant moral support and guidance on the CNC front.
Design & Media
Our process film would have not been possible without the patience and expertise of the fabulous Georgie Weedon at GingerWinkFilms.
For bulk orders and catch-up, or just when our mill can’t cope, we turn to Ashley and John at Multax who are also starting up on their own, but with a great deal more experience in these matters than we could ever hope to gain.
For matters wood-related we often turn to Nigel and Craig at the Lockinge Estate Yard.
Michael and Linda are our ever-patient landlords.
In the main, however, we are entirely self-taught and it continues to amaze us what the internet, and the willingness to make mistakes and move on, allows one to achieve. We have also read lots of books – including such page-turners as the American Society for Metals Handbook Vol. 5 Surface Cleaning, Finishing and Coating. Drop either of us an email if you’d like some reading recommendations…
Richard and Tiffany at EJ Wicks help us with all our wraps, pouches, sheaths and rolls.
Chefs and Establishments
Andy Watts at The Pheasant
Cara Belcher at The London Larder
Juanita Hennessey aka The Fosbury Foodie
Charlie Carroll at Flat Iron
Emily Watkins, Thomas Waller and Vicky Hamilton at The Kingham Plough
Julian Dyer at Pots & Co
John Brown at The Harrow
Jonas Lodge from The Bell at Ramsbury
James Wilkins at Wilks
Tony Fleming at L’Oscar
Warren Geraghty at Galvin
Marianne Lumb at Marianne
Matt Worswick at The Latymer
Victoria Blashford-Snell at Victoria’s Food
Connor at Andmar sourced and supplied our surface grinder.
Haas were completely relaxed with our lack of knowledge, and their delivery and installation team managed to squeeze the beast in to a small shed next to the Shetland Pony.
Our router tools are supplied (and looked after) by Jack at Thames Valley Saw Services.
After some superb advice from Mark Lancaster, we ended up with a customised magnetic chuck from Ken at Magnetic Systems.
West Country Welding found us a fantastic plasma cutter (and also some very rare spiro-bands).
Most of our wood stabilising equipment is from TurnTex but we have some vacuum systems from Applied Vacuum.
Moleroda supplied us with our vibratory polisher and other finishing tools.
We test our knives with a venerable Avery hardness tester from Spectrographic.
Our acids come from ReAgent.
A wealth of bits and bobs, for handle work in particular, can be found at English Handmade Knives.
Air Products keep us topped up with liquid and gas nitrogen.