on 45 acres south of KC, we're all-in pursuing the extraordinary. From custom furniture to hand forged iron, from woodwork to health and wellness, everything we do is rooted in working hard with our own hands and living life excellently
South Grand Farms is fifty-acres full of woods, water, rope swings, archery ranges, volleyball courts, bonfires, four-wheelers, horses, and much more! Our philosophy is simple: to inspire people to live full, active lives.
Operating as usual
This is a range hood that we built and finished, featuring wooden corbels and finials, trim, and hand forged iron ribs
I found a new friend today hanging out on top of this grill. Judging by the lump in his stomach he had just eaten so he was pretty cool with me interrupting him.
If you want to hide the joint between two different beams up in the air, a really inexpensive way that we can do that is building a plywood collar and putting a custom distressed finish on it to make it look like our standard hand forged iron
Here's a brief video showing how we can wrap our hollow box beams around existing posts to dramatically improve the look of your home
In the process of hand forging my friend's wedding ring out of iron. I just got it sized on the mandrel
This is a rustic interior barn door, ready to install. These are extremely popular because of their simplicity, but they always make a subtle statement when you see them hung in a room
Here's a cool shot that we were able to capture of the eclipse, these are the crescent shadows that the sunlight was casting through the trees
This fireplace mantle is made from two walnut slabs, each three inches thick, and is mounted with four hand forged iron brackets
A less distressed example of one of our fireplace mantles with a pair of corbels.
This is a camp knife that I forged out of the leaf spring of an old Dodge pickup truck. The handle is our own custom burlap micarta, and I made the sheath out of a combination of leather, forged iron, and brass rivets
The Fourth of July is a lot of things: celebrating freedom, fireworks, and BBQs. Here at the farm it can include canoeing down the South Grand and having mud fights. One thing it probably shouldn't include is a shower to get clean in the middle of the day
Here's a custom ceiling we recently did. We hand scraped all of the beams and car siding and then finished the wood with one of our unique glazes
Whether you're in a group at the gym or alone on a trail, exercise is healthcare. According to Dr. Jordan D. Metzl "movement is medicine" @ South Grand Farms
A pair of solid wood corbels used to support a fireplace mantel
Hand scraped beams and brackets and a ceiling that we built and finished for a client
Just another day at the office
File testing the cutting edge on my knife before I give it the finish grind
Here's a corner shot of one of our rustic mantles and corbels
A great example of one of our hand forged iron handles
A simple example of some of our hand built beams
A hand hewn white oak door we made featuring some of our custom forged iron hinges, imbedded plates, nails, and handles
I was cutting firewood the other day with my Collins Legitimus and this quote came to my mind. It reminds me of the fact that for every storm we weather, for every trial that we endure, before we can stand in the face of adversity we must first commit to discipline and preparation where we have to decide in our hearts the kind of men and women that we are going to become, and how much we must be willing to sacrifice to achieve it; preparation and training are the foundation to that dream
Hand scrapped and finished ceiling that we recently did for a client in Leavenworth
We recently butchered two steers and have decided to flesh and tan the hides ourselves. There's a lot of steps that go into taking a hide and turning it into leather, and the plan is to use it to make sheaths for the blades we forge as well as any new leather working projects
One of our Old World inspired benches. The wood is hand hewn cedar and it's accented with hand forged iron armrests and lag bolts. It's all treated with an incredibly durable exterior finish to ensure use for years to come
Working on embedding four inch wide iron into a custom white oak table
Some of our hand hewn beams and trim recently installed in a client's home
Getting ready to forge weld this Damascus steel billet. The steels used are 1095 and 15N20, and when the knife is done it will have 150 individual layers in random pattern
Gotta love that farm life
This is a pair of cypress gates that we built, hand scraped, distressed, and finished. We hand forged all of the iron, from the straps, hinges, pulls, and twisted bars. These will still be hanging somewhere 200 years from now
Is it any wonder that our grandparents were in such great shape?
The crosscut saw has been used to cut timber for over a millennium. It takes one man, six feet of tempered steel, and 46 teeth to cut down these timbers. Chainsaws gradually replaced most cross cuts in the 1970s, but we love the competition and have incorporated the saw into our everyday exercise program
Tools of the trade: a hot forge, an anvil, hammer & tongs, and a whole lot of passion
Grinding on some iron handrails
Over a three year period, we provided various products for an extensive construction project; everything from beams, doors, gates, and custom furniture. The client and his wife were so passionate about quality that they insisted that we hand forge their iron chimney covers
Mowing,tree trimming, gutter cleaning, w**d eating, and more general yard maintenance. Free estimates!