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#1 JPH

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 12:54 PM

Hello all:

It is a sad thing that I found in my mailbox this morning...Mr Cleston Sinyard passed away recently. I have heard he was ailing (he was in his 90's) and was suffering from a very agressive form of prostate cancer and he secumbed to it.

He lived and worked in Elba, Alabama and was what he called a "Barnyard Blacksmith". The man did amazing "ahead of his time" work with forge welding stainless steels (he and I hit on the same basic method at the same time) and while we corresonded over the years we have never met in person. He was truly an amazingly skilled and talented man....A true Master of his art.

The world of bladesmithing lost one of its brightest smiths...


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#2 Robert Mayo

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 03:54 PM

He was truly one of the great old masters at blade smithing and was a great insperation to me. R.I.P Cleston our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.


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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:45 PM

I had the pleasure of restoring one of his knives for a good friend of mine who owns it. Here is a picture. I had to clean rust off of the blade, and bring out the blade pattern. I dressed up the edges and applied rustfree to preserve the finish. It is a fine knife.
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#4 Micky Wise

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:42 PM

I am very sorry to hear this as well. I met Mr Sinyard several times at different events but we always talked about Alabama instead of knives.

Mr. Sinyard was one of my heros in the knife making world as were you Mr. Hrisoulas and he will be missed.

However he lived in Elberta, Al. If he lived in Elba my life would be much richer, for I live in Elba, Al.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 05:37 AM

Cleston Sinyard was a pioneer in bladesmithing and Damascus. He could stick just about anything together in his forge Nemo. Colorful, creative and giving, he will be missed.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 02:55 PM

Hi at all! i remember when begin my story in the custom world in 86 he was a legend how james schmidt he give more to the custom cutlery and now remain forever....

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 06:15 PM

I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I conversed with him on many occasions although he was a quiet and diffident man. His Quirky and bold style captured my attention from the first. He definitely danced to his own beat as he had an absolutely inimitable style. There was no one quite like him. I miss him already.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:36 AM

Who was Cleston Sinyard?
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:02 PM

Who was Cleston Sinyard?

The above posts should tell you a bit about how much the man was respected and a bit about the nature of his work.
Here's a pic typical of his style. His work was bold, beefy and highly stylized. He had a style that was for me strangely attractive, likely due to it's ample personality.

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Edited by jdsmith02115, 01 September 2009 - 04:06 PM.

#10 aj singh

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:17 AM

Cleston is still alive btw :)


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