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SD knife maker shows skills at Hostfest in Minot

Norsk Hostfest
Norsk Hostfest

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- One of the people showing off his skills this week at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot gave up an engineering career for knife making. Norway native Kjetil Groven says he left engineering because he wasn't able to work with his hands. He says he worked in carpentry and log home building before settling on blacksmithing in Rapid City, South Dakota. Groven came to the United States in 1999 and now makes his living forging hand-crafted blades, latches and door handles.

He also does woodwork, such as making wooden cabinets.