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Jess Fairbanks, AKA Late Girl. Video coming soon.

Jess’s Story in video will be coming soon. As many of you know, we recently started doing some new social media stuff.   I am definitely better with an anvil and piece of hot steel than I am with the inter-web, but there is a new guy in town that is amazing at it. The new…
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Valerie Roy, AKA, The Cougar.

Valerie Roy from the Great White North. We always get a few Canadians. Sometimes a lot more than a few, but when the US dollar is strong, the foreign students dry up a bit. This year we are lucky enough to have Valerie Roy, AKA “The Cougar” join us from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada.  …
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Dakota Hanley, AKA North Dakota

This Year’s Cast of Characters. Every year in the Heartland we end up having some of the finest students that exist in the industry. I think we are blessed in this way because of the rules we set and the way that the school is run. If you read the website or watch the videos…
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One of our own in Sweden

I am humbled and grateful to have worked with Chris Gregory and so pleased that I went away. –Anne Gustafsson. Our own Anne Gustafsson from Sweden traveled so us in the United States to become a Farrier. Left industry job, flew for the first time in his life, went Greyhound bus and gave the iron in…
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What Sets The Chris Gregory Hoof Knife Apart From The Others.

How The Knives Are Made. From steel, stick and rivets to a finished hoof knife. Being a farrier means that I don’t really have much of a background in manufacturing or factory processes. Having the skills of a farrier mean that if I really wanted a different hoof knife, I could forge and heat-treat my…
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The End Of The Trip To Sweden

The trip continues. We ended up doing an impromptu clinic for the workers at Morakniv. Most of these folks had handled more hoof knives than any of us farriers will ever even see, but they didn’t know what they cut or how they were used. It was very cool. One of the workers named Susanna…
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How The Chris Gregory Hoof Knife Came To Be.

The Whole Chris Gregory Knife Story I don’t know how long this blog will be, but I will go ahead and put out the whole story for those that are interested enough to get through it. In 2011 I met Morakniv – Frost Knife Company employee Carlos Silva. He was with fellow employee Henrik Erikson…
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4 Planes and 1 Train later…

Sweden voyage continues: At this moment I am sitting on a train, wagon 3, seat 80, as we head north out of Stockholm to Mora. We left our home exactly 26 hours ago, and there is only about 3 left until we finally get to Par Brask’s place in Mora. Kelly is taking this trip…
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Headed to Sweden, blog I

29th Anniversary. Who says romance dies in old age? Sure, we can finish each other’s sentences and know what the other is thinking without words after being married and working together for 29 years. All these years in the trenches with me doesn’t mean that Kelly does not deserve a trip to Paris after all…
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