MOTHER MOUNTAIN FORGE
Mother Mountain Forge hand make a range of knives to suit any purpose; all manner of culinary/kitchen knives and cleavers; hunting, fishing and utility knives; axes and tomahawks; ceremonial and dress knives, daggers and the occasional sword. Iain and his knives have been featured on the River Cottage Australia TV show, and in various magazines.
All of their knives are 100% hand made on site at their workshop on the NSW south coast.
They start by heating the metal in the forge and hand shaping it using hammer and anvil. Then comes the grinding, annealing, tempering and hardening. They also handcraft all their handles using a wide range of materials, many local, many recycled, as well as making their own leather or timber sheaths, scabbards and display boxes. Their blades are made from high carbon steel, not stainless, or Damascus (patterned) steel.
Mother Mountain Forge also runs courses in knife making, blacksmithing, axe making, and many others. Iain loves what he does and he started teaching himself smithing because he found the process fascinating. But it was a long and slow journey over the last 15 years, so they have put together a range of courses to teach people the basics and make their journey a little quicker and easier. They offer a course to suit everyone and no experience is needed.
DESIGNED + MADE IN
Dignams Creek, New South Wales
Where do you get your inspiration?
"For knives, I believe that form should follow function, so I make my knives to be not just beautiful but practical, usable and durable. With courses, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than seeing the pride in someone’s eyes when they are holding something they have crafted themselves with my guidance."
What has been your favourite piece and why?
"I love the unusual customer requests I get that really allow me to use my creativity. An example being a recent order for a Samurai sword inspired carving knife and fork set with brass tsubas, lacquered scabbards, 10 000 year old ancient red gum timber handles and a display stand."
What is your favourite material to work with?
"Metals of any description; particularly Damascus steel. It is one of the most beautiful and varied methods of creation, using different steels forge welded together and manipulated in different configurations to give you an endless variety of individual patterns. It can be used for jewellery and sculpture too."
If you were to expand your product range to something entirely different, what would it be?
"I would love to create more sculptures and art pieces, I have many ideas in my imagination and notebooks ready to come to life. Metal casting is also something I would like to incorporate into my work in the future."
Describe your products in three words...
"Unique. Practical. Beautiful."
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