Nick Dillingham


Nick Dillingham
Black Thunder Studio

Nick was born in the southwest swamplands of the Michigan Territories. He has been studying and teaching traditional heritage skills for many years, learning and working along side many of the top instructors and elders in the Great Lakes Woodlands area. Aside from being a reclusive swamp witch who's often lured out of hiding with offerings of scrap steel for his knives, he's a master basket maker, natural fiber artisan and crooked knife maker. He's also an accomplished historical Woodlands recreation craftsman, having his work in many museums as well as in historical and cultural institutions across the midwest and northeast. Nick is one of a handful of people responsible for reintroducing crooked knives and the traditional "4 Tool" techniques to modern Bushcraft, and changing our current understanding of this tools history and use.

Nick was born in the southwest swamplands of the Michigan Territories.  He has been studying and teaching traditional heritage skills for many years, learning and working along side many of the top instructors and elders in the Great Lakes Woodlands area. Aside from being a reclusive swamp witch who's often lured out of hiding with offerings of scrap steel for his knives, he's a master basket maker, natural fiber artisan and crooked knife maker.  He's also an accomplished historical Woodlands recreation craftsman, having his work in many museums as well as in historical and cultural institutions across the midwest and northeast. 

Nick is one of a handful of people responsible for reintroducing crooked knives and the traditional "4 Tool" techniques to modern Bushcraft, and changing our current understanding of this tools history and use.