Remember way back when I wrote about my friend Will Manning at Heartwood Forge? Will was gracious enough to let me poke around his shop, explain his knife forging process to me in detail, and I’m now lucky enough to have a handful of his gorgeous (Garden & Gun Made In The South finalist) knives hanging in my kitchen.
Will hand cuts and forges each knife from reclaimed lumbermill saw blades. His knives are well balanced, sharp, heirloom quality, and utterly beautiful in their simplicity.
My husband, Wheat, got me one of Will’s perfect oyster shuckers for my birthday last year, and I use the chef’s knife Will made for me almost every single day.
I wasn’t surprised at all when Will emailed me to tell me that Heartwood Forge was a FINALIST in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.
American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.
For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.
We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.
Visit Heartwood Forge’s Finalist Page over at marthastewart.com and check him out, and maybe go back and visit this old post of mine (it was one of the first pieces written about Heartwood Forge!) and get to know Will and what makes his knives so special. Voting in the American Made Awards begins TODAY, September 21st, and winners are announced October 23rd.
A vote for Heartwood Forge is a vote for handmade, for goods made to be passed down to your grandchildren, and for the maker movement, but most importantly, it’s a vote for a really great guy who is simply doing a damn good job at what he loves to do.
What could be more important than that? Put your clicker where your heart is and vote here.