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Two long-delayed new Fiery Beards

Alan Longmire

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These beards have been a long time coming for the individuals involved, but through no fault of their own. One was under the radar and the other was a victim of miscommunication.


However, it is now time to set things right once and for all: Please welcome the newest members of the club, George Ezell and Niels Provos! Bestowed this day for services rendered in skill, historical accuracy, sense of humor, and all-around coolness. B)



Fiery George.jpg Fiery Niels.jpg


Sorry for the amateur effort, gentlemen, those were the only two photos I had...Feel free to light yourself up as you see fit, of course! (Niels' base photo by John Page)


George is the one under the radar. I knew he'd been making really nice, very authentic seaxes for a while, and from time to time I thought "hey, that's really good! I wonder what's next?" Then when I saw him at Bowie's hammer-in last month and he kept pulling out seaxes of all shapes, sizes, and materials, all of which were flawlessly made, I realized the Beard was WAY past due. George, please accept my apology (and if you want me to do a better job send me a better picture!).


Niels is the victim of miscommunication. He earned his beard with the Serpent in the Sword project http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=22081, but somehow the message did not go through. I had been thinking maybe he didn't want to be one of us :( , but then in Oakland two weeks ago I saw the sword (and Niels!) in person and told him "Dude, you know this got you a Fiery Beard, right?" He had no idea! I hereby publicly rectify this egregious situation. Niels, I know you're a Photoshop genius, so please do a better job than I did. BTW your flames came from Jim's coke forge during the axe demo and your high-carbon goatee is from one of Jeff's crucible smelts. ;)



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Next time we all get together, in 2015 or some other event packed with fiery ones, we all ought to dye our hair orange for the event.


Except Petr. His is on fire enough already. :D



Congratulations, gentlemen, well-earned and glad to have you with us.

The Tidewater Forge

Christopher Price, Bladesmith

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Congratulations guys!

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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Congratulations fellas!


Hard earned and well deserved.

"He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest." Dylan Thomas

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It is truly an honor to join the ranks... sorry, that's the best I could come up with... :)


Thanks guys.



You might still remember...



I wasn't ready then. I was coming off a long period of inactivity in my knifemaking where for 5 years I had not finished a single knife, and my life had hit rock bottom. Seaxes are what got me back into it, there was something there that gave me a new passion and a new life, so to speak, as a bladesmith. That, the encouragement from this forum, and a few generous patrons willing to invest in a burned out bladesmith set me back on the road to this wonderful craft. My thanks go out to this wonderful community for giving me the knowledge and encouragement to keep going. You guys rock.

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George Ezell, bladesmith

" How much useful knowledge is lost by the scattered forms in which it is ushered to the world! How many solitary students spend half their lives in making discoveries which had been perfected a century before their time, for want of a condensed exhibition of what is known."

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Congratulation Guys well earned and deserved .



Robert D. Yates , 13 & On Forge

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Welcome beard brothers!


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt


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Thank you all! This forum brings together so many skillful people and provides a wonderful source of inspiration.




Ps: I almost missed this post, too :-)

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welcome to the club! well deserved the both of you!

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