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Luke began making knives and wooden objects with his father at a very young age. His father worked at a historical farm, where he was the blacksmith and woodworker in residence. Luke has always had kindred spirits in his parents and for most of his life had access to a coal forge and blacksmith shop that he made good use of - particularly in high school. At first, he made swords, daggers and the like just because they were cool. As he discovered hunting, camping, and manual work, he began crafting more utilitarian pieces like hunting knives. Yet it was only when then-acquaintance, David Van Wyk, requested a chef's knife that Luke discovered his passion for custom kitchen tools.
Luke is an avid hunter and gatherer, especially of edible mushrooms, edible plants, overpopulated deer, and feral hogs. He and his wife Helen garden, manage their small forest, fish, and love on their three young children, Wren, Nell, and Muir. A former Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia studying forest ecology, Luke now works full-time as part of Bloodroot Blades. Luke holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and an M.E.S in Environmental Science.
David Van Wyk
David comes from a family of woodworkers and farmers. Always interested in working with his hands, he pursued his hobbies on the side while teaching high school English to occasionally interested adolescents for fifteen or so years. After he became engaged, and around the same time, met Luke Snyder, David requested a set of hunting knives for his groomsmen's gifts. Because he comes from a family of craftspeople, David wanted to learn how these knives were made, and Luke agreed to teach him - the beginning of a very interesting journey for everyone.
David holds his B.A. in Cello Performance, a Masters in English Literature and now works full-time as part of Bloodroot Blades. An avid hunter and cook, he and his wife Katy spend time tending their garden, making meals with as much of their own produce as possible, enjoying all the amazing food Athens, GA has to offer, and taking care of their chickens, two Great Pyrenees, and Stella the Cat.
Katy Van Wyk
Katy is in charge of all things social and communicative - press, design, web, schedule, social media, etc. Having done a ten-month internship (hard labor) at a ten acre vegetable farm in Virginia, Katy is well versed in all things that grow and get eaten. She works with Helen, Luke, and David to see about feeding the Bloodroot families as much from the land as they can.
Like Luke, Katy finished all the required coursework and passed her comps for her Ph.D (this time in English Literature), then opted for actual greener pastures after a couple of years in the high school English classroom. When she's not at the shop or in the office, Katy enjoys tending her garden, reading Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard (the list goes on), and romping around Athens with David, the other half of team Van Wyk.