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I just found out Wayne Goddard, father of 51WyJ72IyPL._SX377_BO1,204,203,200_.jpghas passed! He passed yesterday! There has probably been more knife carriers launched by this one book than most folks would know!! RIP Wayne!! 

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C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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Bummer !!  A great loss ........................

If ya can't be good don't git caught  !!                                        People who say stuff can't be done need to

                                                                                                        git the hell outta the way of people who do stuff   !!!

Show me a man who is called an expert by his peers         

And I will show you a good man to listen to ......

Show me a man who calls himself an expert

and I will show you an egotistical asshole...............!!



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Wayne was a great guy.  He was one of the early ABS Mastersmiths and one of the powers behind the idea of a minimalist shop.  Not that his shop lacked tools, he had one of the first forging presses I ever heard about, a 70 tonner named Fat Albert, but he believed that you could do this stuff with very little, hence the book.  He was also one of the founders of the Oregon Knife Makers Association, who put on the biggest knife show on the west coast.

One of the first knife making classes I took was with Wayne and Gene Chapman.

To show you what Wayne thought about knifemaking and the community, when his illness eroded his skills to the point he could no longer make pieces to his own high standards, he gave up his MS stamp.


"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."


I said that.


If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton


So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.


Grant Sarver

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A true legend but very accessible and of an incredibly practical mindset. I am amazed at how many people his book influenced. The column in Blade magazine was the first thing I turned to every issue. He inspired many people. I think his book really helped give knifemaking and bladesmithing a boost at a moment when it could have faltered. Whether people copied his $50 shop or not it got them to realize that knifemaking didn't require a machine shop full of tools. I think his "start from scratch" principles helped level the playing field. I wish him Godspeed.

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I read his "Wonder of Knifemaking" book several times when I was getting started, tons of great info.  Also have his Wire Damascus Hunting Knife video on VHS, very easy to follow and produce good solid cable damascus.  He was definitely a great influence!

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I had breakfast with him at the Atlanta show with my wife the year after I got my JS stamp. An incredible mind.

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