Knifemakers that have influenced me....
Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:07 PM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 04:09 PM
Reasons:Fogg;simplicity married to elegance and function
Fikes; getting the most from the forging process
Hudson; taking simple, humble materials and enriching them through solid design concept.
McHenry; folders as art and science.
Moran; intellegent self promotion
Khalsa; quintessential stylist
Schmidt; material selection and master of fit and finish.
Posted 18 November 2008 - 02:53 PM
Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:15 AM
David boyed: wrote the the book that got me started.
Bo Bergman: wrote the book that taught me the basics of handle and sheath construction.
Jake Powning: proved that you could make a living working in the style I loved, and continues to inspire me with his work.
Don Fogg: hosts this forum, and has given valuable advice.
David and Andy of the MAD Dwarf workshop: for encouraging me to let my beliefs shine through my work.
And all the rest of you on this forum for your advice, critique, and encouragement.
It's not that I would trade my lot
Or any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-
For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:16 AM
Other influences are too numerous to name, but surely Don Fogg is up there. As far as the deceased requirement: Buster Warenski, hands down, for sheer talent and creativity.
I'm just a baby in diapers compared to these 3 guys.
Edited by Mike R., 27 May 2009 - 11:18 AM.
Posted 25 October 2010 - 01:09 PM
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Brian Jaques, Chris Paolini + Douglas bond and Karen Traviss.
many other makers too numerous tolist have also influenced me.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:39 PM
As for influences design-wise,
All of you on this great website. I mean it. Thank you Mr. Fogg!
Stormcrow, I really love his neo-tribal/post-apocalyptic style.
I'm sure I'm forgetting others, to those I apologize for not being able to give proper credit, but I do thank-you, whoever you are!
EDIT: Doh, I forgot the guys at he Mad Dwarf Workshop. These guys gave me something to live, uh, I mean, strive for . As a lover of C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Christopher Paolini, these guys really stroke my creative fire. Thanks David and Andy!
Edited by Greg C., 09 November 2010 - 06:50 PM.
Race the dark and stormy skies.
Land ahoy! To port we ride,
And there we drink our hearts to nigh.
Posted 27 December 2010 - 04:17 PM
Posted 17 January 2011 - 11:26 PM
Jake Powning - It was a random encounter with his work online that first got me started blacksmithing and its been a constant source of inspiration since. He's one heck of an artist.
Patrick Barta- Man!....that guy has skills that would make Volund shiver in excitment!
Don Fogg- Like many of us here without your forum I would still be "packing" edges, making railroad spike knives, and wondering why my leaf spring knife cracked when i quenched it in water.
Peter Johnson -Perfection in a piece of sharpened steel.
Petr Florianek- A friend, and someone who can capture the spirit of an age like nothing i've ever seen before.
Adlai Stein- gave me my first advice in bladsmithing in a yahoo chat room and led me here.
Cheers to you all and Thanks! Jeff Helmes
Edited by J. Helmes, 19 January 2011 - 08:18 AM.
Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:39 PM
And yah - for inspiration about how awesome bladesmithing can get, the list is long and most are mentioned in above postings.
Ray Richard (off beat forge) - there is something about his knives that just grabs me. I don't know if he's mentioned above...
And the ABS teachers in Old Washington, Arkansas - if you are a newbie and can take the time & $$$ to take the ABS intro course: my advice is "do it!"
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