James (J.) Neilson is an American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith who works from his “shop in the woods” in the endless mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. There, he has been able to develop his longtime interests in knife making and forging into more than just a hobby. The quiet setting and scarcity of neighbors has been the perfect background to allow J. to develop his skills. He puts a great deal of effort into his wares, and he takes considerable pride in the finished products he produces.
In this video, J. demonstrates how to forge weld two different types of canister damascus. In the first demonstration, J. builds an upright can using small ball bearings and powdered steel. In the second demonstration, J. lays out a canoe canister using larger ball bearings and roller bearings.