As a boy growing up in western Pennsylvania, artist John Emmerling spent a lot of time outside camping, hunting, and fishing. He built cabins and treehouses. A hands-on person, bored by sitting in a classroom.After serving four years in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam era, he went back to school, earning a BFA in photography, and opened a photo studio in Portland, Oregon. Buying an old house in Gearhart, on the Oregon coast, allowed him to get a hammer in his hands again and think about metalworking for a living. He and his wife opened Gearhart Ironwerks making furniture, lighting, fire screens, and decorative hand-forged work. Blade smithing is the natural continuance of this work.
1095/15N20 Feather Damascus Blade. Cocobolo & African Blackwood Handle. Bronze Bolster.
Overall length - 12.5"
Blade length - 6.75"
Blade height at choil - 2"