Tiaan Burger

  1. A quick course in radical knifemaking

    [I]How to be non-conformist non-PC, a quick course in radical knifemaking[/I]

    The first step is to start caring deeply for your craft, to the point where you will walk up to a knifemaker at a show and tell him: "Please stop using those generic folder lazer cutout rubbish, come and visit me, I'll show you how to design your own."
    Give away your skills, improve other knifemakers who do similar work. They are not competition, they each have hundreds of friends who each ...

    Updated 07-10-2012 at 07:01 PM by Tiaan Burger (Text added)

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  2. Why I make

    Today was the first day of Huntex. I sold some knives, made some friends, saw a lot of old friends and came home feeling empty. With the city gone quiet and the family asleep I thought about this emptiness and I realised that I was busy putting what should be in my heart in my head. Knifemaking was becoming a numbers game. I was losing sight of why I make knives, and more specifically why I forge knives.

    Let me try to explain this in word pictures. I take some coal and set it on ...
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  3. Just in case...

    Too expensive you say? What do you do for a living? A doctor? Interesting… how long did you study, seven years? Well listen Mr. doctor. I have a cold, I know have a cold, so I come to you. Five minutes later you have diagnosed my cold, and written me a prescription. On the way out I pay your secretary with the nice legs R300.
    But, you say, you studied seven years just in case it was not a cold but freakin’ hairy spider meningitis.

    Well, I did a six years apprenticeship as cabinetmaker ...
  4. Anvils and hammers and fires, three big projects

    Last Saturday we had a SABA meeting at Stu's place, and me being off in my own private world missed a lot of what was said. According to Neels, I made the owner of a small anvil that was mounted at the ideal height for me, extremely worried when I hit a short taper on a 20mm piece of rebar to test Stu's very weird Jap hammer. I had to step on the anvil stand by the third blow to keep it from walking away. Nice hammer, but the handle needs to be a bit thinner.

    In any case, the past ...

    Updated 02-18-2012 at 10:27 PM by Tiaan Burger

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  5. Home Forum Blogs What's New...

    For a couple of weeks or maybe a couple of days I have been seeing this new tab: "Blogs". Today I clicked on it, and it shows nothing. No results, niks. What is a "blog" anyway? The word sounds like something unsavoury landing after a very long drop. "Log" I know, from watching too many episodes of William Shatner doing his Captain Kirk thing "Ships log Stardate 379369...today we blasted seven Romulans, a Borg and a Klingon to their various gods..." So I guess ...

    Updated 01-30-2012 at 11:58 PM by Tiaan Burger (Spelling)

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