Dan Eastland has worked with a blade of one type or another nearly all of his life. -As a young boy following his dad around the north Georgia woods clutching a new Barlow knife, moving through time as a landscaper, an infantrymen in the US Army, a carpenter, a furniture maker and all this time being an avid outdoorsman. Dan used a wide variety of blades in these careers and applies this experience while designing and making his knives.
Dan will argue that his path to knife making started at birth because he views it as a calling, in fact he will often say “I go to bed on Sunday night looking forward to waking on monday so that I can go to work”. It probably started in early 2004 wen his first son was born. Dan was a full time engineering student and was flipping houses in Atlanta when he had to make what he calls the easiest but most important choice of his life. His first son was born prematurely and after a week in the ICU was going to need constant care, with his wife having to travel with work he withdrew from school, and sold off all the properties he could and became a stay at home dad. After a life time of working with his hands he was slowly going crazy at home so a friend and his wife conspired to get him into wood working because he could do that in the basement at night and at nap times. After 10 years of woodworking he found him self standing in a black smith shop listening to a siren’s call. In the end he worked a deal with the smith to teach him to make knives. One working bowie later he was addicted! when the Smith moved his shop to Atlanta dan started running down GA guild members and begging for help. In the end Andy Roy of fiddleback forge invited him to the shop on a trial basis, and then could never get rid of him. Sanding, sweeping, cleaning toilets nothing would run him off and now he spends part of his time working in Andy’s shop to pay off his apprenticeship and the rest making knives for you. When asked what he would consider success in knife making he will reply “if one day a grandfather hands his grandson one of my knives and says ‘my dad gave me this knife when I was your age’ then I will consider my self a success”.
Dogwood Custom Knives are made entirely in house to ensure that every knife meets our rigid standards for quality. We firmly believe that function is the greatest form of beauty and that is why we hand assemble each of our knives with very little ornamentation. “Old World Craftsmanship, New World Quality” is the principle that guides us at Dogwood. The art is in the fit and finish of these knives and they will be a joy to use for generations. Our greatest hope is that our knives will one day become a trusted family heirloom that has been used with confidence over lifetimes.