Maple Brook Forge
950 Main St.
Coventry, CT 06238
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I made my first knife when I was twelve and I've been hooked ever since. The joke in the knifemakers world is "you've started down a path that has no way out. You're doomed". There's something about one of mankinds oldest tools which touches a core value. It's a link to our ancestors and what they needed to survive and prosper.
Artists Open Studio Dates
December 1, 2
Artist will be demonstrating
Bladesmith: Bill Hoffman, bladesmith, made his first knife at the age of twelve. However, Hoffman was to follow his passion for being a problem solver by becoming a Science teacher. And because Bill honors his “inner twelve-year old”, he taught 7th graders.
Hoffman returned to knife-making after he retired from teaching in 2005. He sold a motorcycle to pay for his forging tools. Hoffman continues to access his problem solving skills in his bladesmithing, learning grinding techniques, how to heat treat steel, working with high tech adhesives, and selecting appropriate wood for the handles. He forges the blades, makes the bolsters or guards and the handles of each of his knives.
Commissioned pieces are made to fit the customers hand and proposed use.
Along with his bladesmithing, Hoffman also has a professional sharpening business, which he and his wife call Never a Dull Moment. He sharpens knives, serrated knives, scissors, salon shears, pinking shears, and garden tools. Although he will not be sharpening, you can watch as Bill demonstrates the art of knife making.