Peter Ross

‘Forging a Striking Knife with Peter Ross’

I was going to write about striking knives and why you might want one…but then did a quick search of our web site and came across Christopher Schwarz’s early 2009 post “3 Things I Like About My Striking Knife” – so I’ll just send you there instead. But you don’t need...

Woodworking in America Makes History

You may not really think about it, but much of woodworking is history. Today we use tools from centuries back, we assemble projects using joinery that has stood the test of time and we reproduce furniture styles from as early as 1650.That’s history. The photos to the left were not taken...

Peter Ross: Controlled Irregularity

This smith’s hand-forged tools and hardware combine art and function. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 64-68 Today, we aim for too much perfection; period work wasn’t like that,” says blacksmith/whitesmith Peter Ross. Handwork, he says, is a culmination of learning to do things quickly with few tools and little fussing, whether that’s working with iron...

Blacksmith-made Dividers, by Peter Ross

After a week of work (and a lot of fun) assisting Christopher Schwarz with his “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” class at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School, it was nice to slow down and spend some time with blacksmith/whitesmith Peter Ross before I made the 8.5-hour drive back to Cincinnati. Roy and Jane...

Authentic Holdfasts from Peter Ross

The first time I taught at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro, N.C., Roy made sure that I met Peter Ross, a blacksmith who worked at Colonial Williamsburg for 25 years. We all ate dinner at gas station in Saxapawhaw – probably the best gas station food ever made on this planet....