New Zealand: Armed and dangerous!

The small, coastal Barrytown turned out to be less a town and more three houses and a sheep but despite our initial uncertainty upon discovering said lack of civilisation, nonetheless it was here we found ourselves for a lesson in becoming master blacksmiths!

 

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Ok, so master was a slight overstatement but Barrytown Knifemaking does offer the opportunity to forge and craft your own small blade, which you take home as a pretty cool souvenir. We were supervised all the way through the process from forging the basic shape of our own knife from a shaft of steel all the way up to the final sanding, shaping and polishing of the handle and blade.

 

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Everyone hard at work.

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Concentrating hard.

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Mind your fingers!

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It’s getting there…slowly!

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Diamonds in the rough.

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After some hefty assistance from the blacksmith!

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After final shaping, varnishing and polishing.

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Everyone’s hard days work.

 

So there you have it, we are now fully armed and dangerous! 😉

 

Ben and Jess 🙂

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