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Worth Baker

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About Worth Baker

  • Birthday 08/22/1993

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    Louisville Kentucky
  1. Worth Baker

    Simple Gifts

    Well thanks, and yeah I am very proud to have learned from him. He was the one to make my touchmark, so I still feel like he is helping me with all of mine.
  2. Worth Baker

    Simple Gifts

    Thanks very much! I was trained in the Woodbury school by a smith in Kentucky by the name of Hershel House. His tend to have a recurve which I always loved, but I like a thinner blade so mine ended up as an exaggeration of that.
  3. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    Thanks, much appreciated!
  4. Worth Baker

    Simple Gifts

    Just a few blades for a professor that was the head of my department. Some of the hardest classes I have ever taken, but I learned more from him than any other teacher I have had. I took up an interest in my hobby and wanted to buy some simple knives for his sons. I decided to make the knives free of charge as well as throw in a damascus letter opener with a cocobolo handle as thanks for everything he taught me. Nothing particularly fancy here.
  5. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    They were definitely the sweetest horses I have ever been around
  6. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    Yes, he actually has two. A mother and son that were rescued. He is a little obsessed with them. When I first met him he carried around a water bottle with a lid carved into a Fjord Horse's head.
  7. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    Made it back from this friend's wedding. Proud to report that the knife was worn by him not only the entire day, but I did not see it leave his side once for the entire four days except in the name of safe dancing. He loved it so much that it was used to trim his nails just an hour before the wedding despite perfectly good nail clippers sitting six inches from his hand. It was also a great chance to work together again, this time making over 90 forged leaves as wedding favors. It was a wonderful reminder of why I love my propane forge. The trip also gave me the chance to see some of the incredibly impressive glasswork at Corning.
  8. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    Thanks very much everyone, had it shipped to him the other day. A bit late for Christmas, but I am looking forward to hearing what he thinks.
  9. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    Finally got around to making the sheath for this one and had some better photos taken before I sent it off. His only request for the sheath was that it have a Norwegian fjord horse on it.
  10. I am glad to see this blade will still have life at some point. Though I am very sorry to hear that a large portion of Jake's influence will be lost. I am a huge fan of his work and following that work has greatly shaped my techniques and style. While certainly don't claim to be as skilled as either of you, I will say my strong points are carvings and castings (I learned jewelry casting before I applied it to bladesmithing) and I do all my work with the same lost wax casting technique as Jake. If it were up to me I think I could make the original sketches happen, though I would probably agree with your idea of abandoning the full-tang. Possibly a tapered tang with a rivet behind a separately carved skull insert on the pommel. I imagined the skulls caved from bone on the pommel and as a handle section and maybe a large carved antler for the portion of the crossguard that is riveted to the blade and the other portions being cast of an aged bronze. I would love to do anything I can to help so don't hesitate to ask. I think about this piece fairly often and love the steel you have made for it.
  11. Haha, this blade is definitely looking like a miracle
  12. I still check this thread every week or so hoping for an update. This project hasn't been permanently shelved has it?
  13. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    Thanks very much! I agree, he has a much greater talent for designs than I do. I rarely draw a plan even for more complicated pieces.
  14. Worth Baker

    Bladesmith Trade Knife

    My end of a trade with a friend. We have done a lot of blacksmithing together and wanted a piece of each other's work (especially now that we live very far apart). So we decided to each make a knife for the other. He designed the handle carving to have urnes period viking style hawk and deer. It is a bit difficult to see the carving in the handle as the grain in the burl tends to hide it. This is a replacement for his everyday carry knife that broke, so it is a fairly simple blade that should be pretty useful for mostly anything. His original design sketch for the handle The final result
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