Robert Burns makes tools for the Boundary Waters and beyond in his workshop at Wilderness Ironworks. In partnership, we’ve designed nine tools for camp and home over the last 3 years with two more prototypes in the works. Each of these is a Boundary Waters Catalog and Piragis Northwoods Company exclusive design. We asked Robert to share a sneak peak inside his shop and forge with us. He was kind enough to also share a little insight into his work and design philosophy.
Here’s what he had to say:
I started off being interested in being a blacksmith at the age of thirteen when I began taking classes with Jymm Hoffman studying colonial period ornamental ironwork, As I progressed in to high school I began to study bladesmithing, the art of forging edged tools.