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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Custom knives are crafts too, right? (many pics!) on: February 07, 2008 07:33:08 PM
He does, but as per Craftster's policies I'm not allowed to say anything more about sales here.
Also over on Myspace at - http://www.myspace.com/savagesmithbladeworks .  I have him on my friends list there because I'm too lazy to check his site for new knife updates.  Ahh, Myspace, is there anything you can't do?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Custom knives are crafts too, right? (many pics!) on: February 07, 2008 07:02:05 PM
I am posting these on behalf of my good friend Dan who has been producing gorgeous knives but doesn't do much internet stuff.

So here I am, sharing these projects.  Since he doesn't read Craftster, he can be contacted at webmaster@savagesmith.com .  All of these knives are made from scratch, he starts with a drawing and ends with these finished pieces.  He also did all of the leatherwork on these.

He has been making knives for 11 months now and is apprenticed to Roderick Caribou Chappel.  The leatherwork is something I particularly like about his projects.  He did a custom piece for my husband and it's absolutely beautiful.  I don't think I'll ever be able to carve/stamp/stitch stuff like he can.  I think he learned most of that stuff when he worked for Tandy Leather back in the day. 

As far as the metal end of it goes he uses 440c and 154cm.  I have no idea what that means, but apparently it's what (some) good knives are made of.  The handles are mostly made with stabilized hardwood, which is a really cool material if you've never seen it.  It's essentially a gorgeous piece of wood that's been totally saturated with polymer.  It's still wood, but it will last forever since for all intensive purposes, it's plastic.  I've gotten my hands on some of the stabilized hardwood, I had no idea it existed before Dan started talking about it (and never really stopped). 

I had the opportunity to hang out with him at the forge he worked at back in the day.  He used to blacksmith before he got into serious knifemaking and I can't even imagine the environment he works in.  The forge was loud and dirty and hot and..well...I guess my craft room isn't much safer, honestly!

One of these days I'm going to bug him enough to let me spend a day at the knife shop (assuming Rod is okay with it).  I've done so many different crafts and knifemaking is something so foreign to me, it doesn't seem to use most of the crafting skills I have and I'm desperately curious.

I'm also going to try and get pictures of some of his leather work.  Yet another thing I want to learn how to do, as if I need any more crafts to spend money on, right?  I just keep seeing the coolest molded leather masks and they're so intriguing.  Maybe I'll make my dog some leather armor or something, that seems like a fun project.

But I digress, I'm totally wandering off topic.  His knives are pretty and I have to share the shiny awesome.

He also has a website at http://www.savagesmith.com . Smiley
3  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Anyone interested in starting a weekly/monthly craft night? (I'm in Bothell) on: October 22, 2007 11:41:09 PM
Going to be cancelling craft night.  My husband passed away suddenly last week and I don't have the energy to run anything social right now.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Creepy Spider Lovin Rag Doll on: September 20, 2007 12:16:52 AM
Wow, she's really neat!  I just got to look at your dolls for the first time, they're all beautiful.  I've always wondered how yarn hair is attached to the head like that.  Is it all one bunch that's sewn down, or is it stitched down in sections?
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: O Green World on: September 20, 2007 12:06:44 AM
My favorite color scheme as well, but where is her mouth?  It's weird that you drew the nose, small as it is, and didn't give her a mouth.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crazy backwards stapling to pin fabric - have you tried it? on: September 19, 2007 06:29:21 PM
A friend of mine over on LiveJournal just pointed out this article.  I'm intrigued, it seems like it would involve less sewing pins lanced through my fingertips accidentally.

Has anyone here tried using their stapler for basting/pinning?
7  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Anyone interested in starting a weekly/monthly craft night? (I'm in Bothell) on: September 18, 2007 01:46:58 PM
Thank you for coming by last night, Evelyn!  Your felt cookie had me scheming about making a felt pie later in the night (using some of my scrapbook scissors to do the latticework for the crust, of course).

I look forward to next month's craft night, which will be Monday, October 22, from 6pm to 9pm or later, as inspiration dictates.
8  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Anyone interested in starting a weekly/monthly craft night? (I'm in Bothell) on: September 17, 2007 01:34:10 PM
If you feel compelled to bring snacks, that's cool, but I think we're pretty much set.
The big thing is if you have special drink needs (like, won't drink soda, or need a certain diet flavor, etc)
9  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Anyone interested in starting a weekly/monthly craft night? (I'm in Bothell) on: September 16, 2007 08:03:30 PM
Oooh, garage sales, sounds awesome.  More opportunities to scout for My Little Ponies, mwahaha.

Anyways, directions to my place Here on Google Maps.

Craft night will be tomorrow night (Mon. 17th) at 6pm.  It will run to 8 or 9, depending on what people are feeling like.  I will have an assortment of soda and probably some snacks as well.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Dragon Swap on: September 16, 2007 12:54:50 AM
I would absolutely love to get in on this!
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