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New FaceBook Page

I started a new FaceBook page @knifecarver. Please help me out by “liking” my page.

I’m working prolifically on some new stuff. I started carving souvenir spoons & making pendents out of them. Some of the tops can be salvaged & made into pendents too. The handles, which could be made into “spoon rings” on a larger spoon, were too small & brittle to bend. So, I made sword pendents out of them. (What else!) I carved the hilt out of beef bone. On some spoons I can make 3 pieces of jewelry. This is recycled/up-cycled art. Interested in purchasing a pendent? Message me on my new FB page.

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I added bone feathers to this carved pendent. The bone used in these projects is a recycled beef soup bone.

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WOMEN KNIFEMAKERS

I’m posting this to bring some awareness to the knifemaking community &  to maybe inspire other women to make knives. I’m shocked at how little information there is & I’m amazed at the artistry and craftsmanship of the Women Knifemakers I found from around the World. This list took some time to put together, sadly I could only find 28 Knifemakers and I don’t have websites for everyone. What I did notice is that quite a few have Husbands that are Knifemakers.
If you can add to it, please do.
1. Knifedog – Darci from IronArmKnives
2. Harumi Hirayama http://www.ne.jp/asahi/harumi/knives
3. Kathleen Tomey http://www.tomeycustomknives.com
4. Linda Ferguson http://www.fergusonknives.com
5. Silvana Mouzinho http://www.silvanaartknives.com
6. Dianna Casteel http://www.casteelcustomknives.com
7. Grace Horne http://www.gracehorne.co.uk
8. Stéphanie Mottais http://stephanie-mottais.com
9. Lynn Dawson http://www.dawsonknives.com
10. Dellana http://www.dellanadesigns.com
11. Haley DesRosiers http://www.alaskablades.com
12. Audra Draper http://draperknives.info
13. Chantal Gilbert http://www.chantalgilbert.com
14. Sharla Hansen http://shansenknives.com
15. Heather Harvey http://www.heavinforge.co.za
16. Elizabeth Loerchner http://ecloerchner.com
17. Gail Lunn http://www.lunnknives.com
18. Julie Warenski-Erickson http://www.curtericksonknives.com
19. Paula Eisler
20. Barbara Baskett
21. Carolyn Tinker
22. Paula Anzel
23. Lora Sue Bethke
24. Judy Gottage
25. Marina farao
26. Junko Fong
27. Daisy Zeng
28. Dee Hedges

These are the final pictures of the engraving I did on Bubba-San’s Kiridashi. This project took longer than I expected and was frustrating me. My tools literally weren’t “cutting it” but the problem was my machine. I wore the brushes more than 1/2 way down and had to replace them. Now the machine was running fine but the steel had taken it’s toll on 2 of my favorite tools. But it’s Done.

When I unwrapped it, I was a little upset that there was rust on the blade. This is a high carbon steel and one of the draw backs is that it will rust if you don’t keep a thin layer of oil on the tool. On the other hand, this steel will give you the sharpest edge you can get. James will polish out the metal when he gets this, then he will etch the metal to bring out the wave pattern in the steel. When it’s done, it will almost look like damascus. I will post a picture of the final, final picture.

Almost Finished

Engraved Kiridashi

Detail of Dragon

ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO SHARP AND POINTY OBJECTS? DO YOU MAKE KNIVES, CARRY KNIVES, COLLECT KNIVES, DO ANY KIND OF WORK ON KNIVES? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT DOES? PLEASE COMMENT/CONTACT ME!

I WANT TO DO A BLOG ABOUT WOMEN & KNIVES. THERE ARE MORE WOMEN THAN YOU WOULD BELIEVE THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH KNIVES, AND MY GOAL IS TO FEATURE THEM IN MY BLOG IN AN INTERVIEW ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE… HOW THEY GOT STARTED, WHO/WHAT INSPIRES THEM, WHAT IS THEIR EDC, ETC.

I hope to finish the kiridashi within the next 2 weeks.  I’m working on the head, the beard, horns and starting to add scales. I’ll try to save the eyes for last. A couple of things I want to point out…This is dragon is being cut out along an outline and the inside is being relieved to give the illusion of dimension. Most carvings of this kind have some of the background removed to make the carving/engraving stand out. I know that this Tamahagane steel is special, so I’m only removing what I have to. The kiridashi is a tool, so I don’t want to make it weak. I also want to point out that sometimes you have to step away from your work to really appreciate it. I like posting pictures on the computer, because I get to see it in “a different light”. I can see things that I miss when I’m working because when I’m working everything is magnified. I hope you all bear with me and stick around to see how it turns out.

Full View

Still working

I DON’T MAKE KNIVES, I MAKE THEM BETTER! I’M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR KNIVES TO WORK ON AND KNIFEMAKERS TO WORK WITH. IF YOU’D LIKE YOUR KNIFE EMBELLISHED, I’M AVAILABLE. CHECK OUT MY OTHER PAGES TO SEE MY WORK. LET’S TALK.

Chuck Stapel’s Knives

Legendary Knifemaker, Chuck Stapel, sent these two knives to me to work on. These are custom made Ferrier File Survival Mountain Man Knives. Originally, these knives were hand crafted or “camp made” by mountain men from the thick files used by farriers. They could be used for hundreds of tasks and the exposed file was actually a godsend in countless emergencies.

Now they’re in my hands & I’ll be carving them, as soon as I know what I want to do on them. I’ll post pictures when they’re done.

Chuck Stapel believes in giving back (paying it forward) to others like me.  He donates his knives to many charitable organizations. Like most of the knifemakers that I’ve had the pleasure talking to, Chuck Stapel is a real down to earth, easy to talk to kinda guy. For instance, I made the mistake of calling him, Mr. Stapel. last time I talked to him and he corrected me. Thank you Chuck for all your help!

Sorry for taking so long to post, but I do this in my “spare time” and lately I haven’t had any. So here are some more pictures of the Kiridashi. To see the rest of the WIP, go to my July Archives, http://wp.me/p2AtF6-1.

Dragon with some scales added.

Working on the front half of the dragon.

Works in Progress

All art shown on this blog was created by me, is documented and has a copy-right.  Please don’t steal any of my art for your own personal gain.

My art is my legacy. I’ll never get rich as an artist, maybe my kids will, when I die. This is all I have to give them. If you enjoy what you do, you can’t call it WORK! I’ve had real jobs, sorry but I’d rather be poor and happy than work for someone else and be miserable.  My knives will be here long after I’m gone, and if I inspire someone, like others have inspired me, my time here on earth wasn’t wasted.

After 1 1/2 years of  spamming myself across the internet, I’m starting to get noticed. Legendary knifemaker to Hollywood Stars, T.V. & Movies, Chuck Stapel, has my “Nautical Knife”.

Guard on Nautical Knife

Anchor with jewel on pommel of Nautical Knife

He wanted to see it “up close and personal”. He liked it so much that he is sending me two of his custom made knives to work on!

Tomorrow, I should be getting a Japanese Kiridashi in the mail from Traditional Japanese knifemaker, James Bieler (Bubba-san Forge.) I will be engraving a dragon into the blade. The word for engraving, tattooing & carving in Japanese is Horimono. I will post pictures of this WIP, (work in progess.)

Here is the Kiridashi. This is made from Tamahagane steel, hammered &  folded to create over 1,000,000 layers! This metal is so silky smooth, it’s sensuous and seductive to touch. After it’s engraved, James will polish it, to bring out the wave pattern in the steel.

#1 – Uncarved Japanese Kiridashi

#2 – Dragon design – Placement of picture

#3 – Chinese white applied to metal. Drawing is transferred to steel.

#4 – All metal is taped, leaving design exposed. This is to prevent unwanted marks on steel.

#5 – Detail of first cuts.

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