Frequently Asked Questions

I will try to keep inventory current to anticipate shipping orders as soon as possible but production times can vary depending on seasonal traffic, availability of materials and...life.

Generally, a two week turnaround is a safe bet. I'll update ETA's as necessary.

Provided that the item(s) is/are in stock at the time orders will ship around five business days from the date the order was placed. 

If the order contains an item that is not available to ship right away and has to be produced, then all items will be held and shipped together when said item is made.

Items may take up to two weeks to be produced. It could be longer depending on the availability of materials and volume of orders at the time.

I will do my best to update expected time frames on this website. Feel free to send an email requesting updates to holler@thedustworks.com .

Carbon steel knives are known for their sharpness, however, they require proper care and maintenance to prevent rust and ensure their longevity. Here are some tips for caring for your carbon steel knife:

- Keep the knife dry: After each use, wipe the blade dry with a clean towel or cloth to remove any moisture. Avoid leaving the knife in water or in a damp environment for an extended period.

- Store the knife properly: Store the knife in a dry and ventilated place, away from other utensils or objects that could damage the blade or the edge. Use a knife block, a magnetic strip, or a sheath to protect the blade from getting scratched or chipped.

- Sharpen the blade regularly: Use a sharpening stone or a honing rod to maintain the sharpness of t.he blade. Carbon steel knives can hold a fine edge, but they also tend to lose it quickly, so regular sharpening is necessary.

- Oil the blade: Apply a thin layer of food-grade mineral oil or vegetable oil on the blade to prevent rust and corrosion. Use a clean cloth or a paper towel to spread the oil evenly and remove any excess.

- Clean the knife carefully: When cleaning the knife, use warm water and a mild soap. Avoid using abrasive sponges or cleaners that can scratch or damage the blade. Rinse the knife thoroughly and dry it immediately.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your carbon steel knife remains sharp, rust-free, and in good condition for a long time

Carbon steel will patina with use. There's no way around it.

Carbon steel knives are sensitive to acidic or salty foods, which can cause discoloration or rusting.

You can however, prevent rust from developing by throroughly wiping the blade dry after cleaning and use.

If, despite your best efforts, rust does appear, and it is light, you can knock it off with a fine steel wool or a scotchbrite pad.

To care for wooden utensils properly, follow these tips:

-Hand-wash the utensils: Wooden utensils should never be cleaned in the dishwasher. Instead, hand-wash them with warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and dry immediately.

-Avoid soaking: Do not soak wooden utensils in water as it can cause them to warp or crack. Also, do not leave them sitting in water for long periods of time.

-Use a soft sponge: Use a soft sponge or cloth to clean wooden utensils. Avoid using abrasive sponges or scrubbers that can scratch the wood.

-Oil the wood: Periodically oil the wood with food-grade mineral oil or walnut oil to help maintain its condition. Rub a small amount of oil into the wood with a clean cloth and let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then wipe off any excess oil.

-Store properly: Store wooden utensils in a dry place with good air circulation. Do not store them in a damp or humid area, as this can cause mold or mildew to grow.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your wooden utensils remain in good condition and last for many years.


63% Blue Heeler a.k.a. Australian Cattle Dog

37% Blue Tick Coon Hound


100% Good Boy

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REX is a 2019 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, delivered to my doorstep by the badass Terrence Rafferty of Gearhead Junction in Pearisburg VA, at the dawn of the Pandemic, on my 45th birthday.

The skull inspired by the concept of "memento mori" from Stoic philosophy which is a reminder of the inevitability of death and the impermanence of life.

While it may seem counterintuitive, contemplating our own mortality can actually help us appreciate life more and prioritize what truly matters to us.

When we remember that we will all eventually die, it can help us gain perspective on what is truly important in our lives. We can reflect on our values, relationships, and goals, and make sure that we are living in alignment with them. We can also let go of trivial concerns and focus on what brings us joy and fulfillment.

Furthermore, it can inspire us to take action and make the most of the time we have. We can use our mortality as a reminder to not put off our dreams or postpone the things that bring us happiness. We can live each day with intention and purpose.

The three roses are nod to the flag of Crozet, Virginia where I live and work.

The rose has been used as a symbol of love, passion, and vitality for centuries, and it is often associated with the idea of growth and renewal. 

I'd like to think my work aligns with them as symbols of beauty, strength, and resilience.

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