You can click on the image for a bigger, more readable version of the clipping. To summarise though, the well known fantasy author got a knighthood and clearly needed a sword. So, he decided to make one himself, from scratch. He enlisted the help of Jake Keen, a man well known in the world of archaeometallurgy and managed to smelt enough iron blooms to create a sword. He then, brought the iron along to a blacksmith an helped him make it.
The word jealous just doesn't seem adequate to describe my feelings about this. Hopefully i'll manage to smelt enough iron to do this myself someday. My initial attempt will need to be vastly improved before that happens though.
The smelting and the sword are mentioned in this article too but I'd love to see more info on this story if anyone finds any other links!