Wed, 3pm-7pm; Sat, noon-5pm; Sun-Tues and Thu-Fri, closed
F, G, R at Fourth Ave.-9th St.
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In his Gowanus workshop, self-taught metalsmith Joel Bukiewicz crafts steel and carbon knives that make area chefs such as Sidecar’s John DeCoursy and Public’s Brad Farmerie swoon. The streamlined kitchen gadgetry can go through hundreds of iterations before the final design, and it shows—even a workhorse like the 9.4-inch Prospect 240 chef’s blade features handcrafted mosaic pins by an artist in Oregon. Paring, utility, and chef’s knives in the German and French styles are displayed on housemade magnet strips, which are for sale as well. White-brick walls, artfully slung ceiling lights, and twelve-foot work tables (fabricated by Bukiewicz) create a cozy, industrial ambiance in the former auto-parts shop. The studio-storefront hybrid occasionally functions as a classroom where Bukiewicz’s industry friends teach knife skills and Japanese-style sharpening techniques to home cooks. Also available for purchase: cherry and walnut cutting boards by Nils Wessell of Brooklyn Butcher Blocks, who domestically sources all of his materials. And knife sharpening is available during open shop hours.