Bladesmith's Apprentice Episode Two: Robert Burns

 
 

An appropriate name for a worker in hot steel, Robert Burns is the owner of Wilderness Ironworks http://www.wildernessironworks.org/ . He is a master craftsman, always pushing himself to be better. We talk about his starting, tips on forge welding for beginners, two of his knives: the Van Helsing bowie (http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=32591&hl=%2Bvan+%2Bhelsing) and the La Brea bowie, which he posted in a complete work-in-progress thread here: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=32843

Finally, we talk about learning from a mentor; what a master is looking for in an apprenticeship.