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Art Lawrence

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  1. Who can forge down 2 1/8" W2 stock from Don Hansen? I have about 8 bars I need broken down and Michael Pikula isn't currently available to do it. Thanks, Art
  2. Sir, Are you still doing this service? I still have a couple of boxes of Don's W2 I'd like to get broken down.
  3. Exquisite, just what I've come to expect from you. I always wait in anticipation of your next knife. Then I search, then after too long a while I start to panic, then, finally my patience is rewarded.
  4. A beautiful knife for a lady. That realstone looks like turquoise.
  5. "And yes I know how dumb this is". This pretty much says it all. No matter what we say he's gonna do it. Or maybe this is a test to see how far the Bladesmith's Forum.com has come. Oh, I almost forgot, for 30 years I was a game warden. This is a bad idea on many levels.
  6. Beautiful set of knives. Very versatile style. Your last name is not hard to say. I pronounce it; Tomaszewski. Welcome, Art
  7. This is a tough one. Not a kestrel. Not colorful enough. Maybe a Merlin of the Taiga population. You live in Florida, right? How tall was the bird and how long was the wingspan? My best guess is a sharp shinned hawk. The wings are the key. If they are broad then it's the hawk. If they are more narrow like a fighter jet then I would tend towards the Merlin. They are both about the same size. -Art p.s. I thought you meant the choppin', wackin' one too.
  8. Thanks Ben, That was entertaining and informative.
  9. Beautiful times two. Glad to see your blades again.
  10. Thank you for your effort. I would rather it be done right, than right away. -Art
  11. Alan, At my guitar shop I bought a hand and finger exerciser that allows you to exercise all fingers together or one at a time. I prefer it over a rubber ball. Here's hoping for a fast recovery. -Art
  12. I love your carvings and feel blessed to be exposed to them. -Art
  13. has too many hobbies.

  14. Well hold on to your hat mister. My mother emigrated to the U.S. from Pallafugel Spain when she was 4. That's part of Cataluña, in the North of Spain on the Coast. It's near France as you might tell from the French sounding influence of the towns name. At one time back in the day it was part of France. Carlos Nakai is an icon to the flute as you are to period leather work. My flute is made by Odell Borg of Spirit Flutes. I like his work. Without getting too sentimental, the flute for me is spiritual. My way of connecting to nature and my maker. I only play to indulge myself. No recordings, but thanks for asking. Funny you should mention flamenco. I practice, (note I didn't say play), the flamenco guitar. Traditional only. However I do like to listen to the Gypsy Kings and their ilk. They play Spanish Rumba style flamenco. Traditionalists look down their noses at them but that's their loss. Did you knw the Gypsy Kings are French. The're from French Cataluña. That's why their Spanish sounds a little off to me. And then there's that beautiful native american set you made, (thought I better get some knife stuff in here). You should be feeling a little better today. -Art p.s. One last thing. The 'glyps that I played at last night are very sacred to the local Paiutes here in the Valley. They hold spiritual ceremonies there to this day.
  15. I play the Native American style flute for just such occasions...Tonight -Art
  16. Beautiful work. Get well soon. I'll play a flute song for you at the 'glyphs. -Art
  17. "I just didn't like the last one... so I killed it!" I sense a little hostility:) Perhaps more fire and hammering would help dissipate your negative energy. How did you feel when it was dead? Nice fullers, -Art
  18. Hi Martin, If the knife was made circa 1850 and Johnston had it when he died in 1900 it would be somewhere in the vacinity of 50 years old. I saw it in the museum 3 weeks ago. That makes it over 160 years old if my figures are right. If you choose to believe his legend, then he use the crap out of it while he had it, (for how long I haven't figured out yet). Doesn't look bad for being that old. -Art
  19. Thanks Alan, This thing is a club. The overall is about 16 1/2" with a blade of about 11 1/4". It's about 3/8" thick at the ricasso. It has a distal taper both ways. The ricasso is only about 1/4" and the plunge line appears to be reworked. Alan, On the examples you gave the handle was pinned with 3 single pins. The Jeremiah Johnson knife had 3 sets of double pins. Do you think this has any significance as to time of manufacture? One more clue I left out. The stag handle at the ricasso is cut at 90 degrees as if it were butted up to a guard. Based on your info and the clues in the picture I'd say you're right. So did Jeremiah rework the knife or did a subsequent owner? I guess I'll never know.
  20. On a recent trip to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum I was able to photograph a bowie knife purported to be owned by a Mountain Man named Jeremiah, (aka Liver Eating), Johnson made famous in part by the movie; Jeremiah Johnson staring Robert Redford and the book; Liver Eating Johnson. The inscription on the plackard read; Knife belonged to Liver Eating Johnson 1828-1900. Maker; Wade & Butcher, Sheffield England circa 1850. Sheath of unknown origin. My question is about the juncture between blade and tang. If you look close you can see what appears to be a small shoulder on the top edge of the blade. Directly below that, where the opposing shoulder might be, it's obscured by the arm of the display rack. Is it possible that the knife might have been re-handled and at that time the guard removed? Or is it something else and the knife never had a guard? I'm interested in making an "in the style of" this knife shown below. Thanks, Art
  21. "These guys are not only amazing bladesmiths, but genuinely great people. I am enormously impressed with the humility, kindness, humor, insight, intelligence and wisdom they display." This is what struck me as I watched the program. I was especially moved by the intelligence, humility, and wisdom they all displayed. That includes you, Dave.
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