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Crew Of Craftsmen

Chris

Master bladesmith. Chris is one of the most skilled and experienced knife makers in the Baltic States. He has had a passion for blades since childhood.  

He learned the craft as an apprentice to a master bladesmith for 10 years. He has studied history and has done extensive research in historical blades and techniques, focusing on Damascus and pattern welded steel in Scandinavian Viking weapons - swords, knives, and arrowheads. Chris is the designer of the knives that are being made by the crew.

  

 

 

Martin 

Master bladesmith. Martin comes from a multigenerational family of bladesmiths.

He learned the craft from his grandfather and father since he was a boy. Martin continues the craft of bladesmithing and teaches it to the next generation.

 

 

Peeter 

Master bladesmith. Peeter started his career as a bladesmith in 1990. He learned this medieval craft in the smithy “The Three Smiths“ in Tallinn. Thanks to the five smiths who worked there for giving him the basic knowledge of smith work. 

He has also gained experience in Austria working with Walfrid Huber and worked in Hungary with different, local masters. In the beginning of 2001 he visited master bladesmith Halle Groenling in Lillehammer (Norway), where he gained more knowledge about making tools for building wooden houses - axes, chisels, and drawknives. Peeter is a well known bladesmith in Estonia. 

 

 

 

 

Kaspar

Master Bladesmith. Kaspar is a 3rd generation smith, continuing, with hard work and dedication, in the craft of his ancestors. Kapsar's view towards his work is as follows: "It is not possible to do such hard work without feeling a love for it, without loving what you do, without passion." Kaspar is youngest smith in our crew, yet very talented, skilled and careful.

 

 

 

 

Siluan

Master carpenter. Siluan was born in a family of carpenters. He has also worked as a timber framer, log builder, and cabinet maker. The craftman has a passion for hand tools and traditional techniques of woodworking. Siluan grew up near the forests around the woodland areas of rural Latvia.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen

Leather craftsman. Before he joined the John Neeman Tools crew he apprenticed in leather crafts for two years. He is also a passionate archer, musician and poet, with poems published in several books. He is the youngest brother of carpenter Jacob.

 

 

Jacob

Master carpenter/leather craft. Founder of John Neeman Tools. Designer of all the woodworking tools (chisels, axes, drawknives) that are being made by the crew by extensively researching historical hand tools. He learned the crafts from local masters. 

Studied culture, ethnography and history of traditional woodworking and wooden architecture and building techniques in rural areas of Scandinavia and Baltic States. He has a love of wood and leather crafts since the childhood days. He has a passion for traditional crafts and hand tools, especially log buildings and timber frames.

 

 

Mr. A. Vilister

Bowyer and archer. He started his woodworking career as a woodcarver and wood sculptor by the age of 14. He has been a passionate woodworker over 30 years. His bows have received praise by many professional archers from all over the world. He focuses on the smallest detail and each bow he crafts is a unique piece of art. He joined our crew to share his craftsmanship and unite the traditions of woodworking and bow making. He took 7th place in the 2013 World Archery 3D championships in Italy with his own crafted longbow "Firebird" model and 2nd place (Silver Medal) in EIAC 2013 - European Indoor Archery Championships in Spain with his own crafted longbow "Livonia" model. 

 

 

Patrick

Communication: North America.

Patrick handles invoicing emails and customer support for our North American customers. Patrick has a passion for green wood carving, hewing, camping and hiking in his home state of Tennessee.

 

 

 

Andy

Leather craftsman

He's a passionate leather craftsman and creates mostly leather belts and bags. He's also a woodworker in free time. Andy grew up living side by side with the wilderness of surrounding forests. He studied science of forestry for four years and he can tell every nuance of every tree and its wood. He has lived in the atmosphere of woodworking since childhood and his father is a skilled carpenter and log house builder, who passed down his love to handwork.

 

 

Ordering is opened for wildlife knives, timber framing tools, longbows, kitchen tools, drawknives & froes, leather belts.

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From January 2017 John Neeman Tools has become a guild of northern master craftsmen - NORTHMEN

It is the revival of a medieval tradition.
It is our dedication to craftsmanship.

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