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Don Abbott

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Listen, I hope I'm not embarrassing anyone, but I saw someone slip in to this forum in the past day or two that some of you guys might know really well and some of you young 'uns might not know at all. 


Wick Ellerbe was an old hand at this before I even started. I have pictures of his stuff saved here and there from 15-20 years ago. I have never met him in person, but I've gleaned a lot from him over the years. We all prefer different styles, and Wick's has always been at the top of my list. I have marveled at his ability to make a flawless piece and then make it look 100+ years old.


He just said he's mostly retired, but you can still check his stuff out here:




Ain't often an old master slips in and joins the crowd. Y'all make him welcome.

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Welcome indeed

"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card


Nos qui libertate donati nescimus quid constat

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So glad to see he is still frequenting the forum! It was his work that initially prompted to me to get started in making knives. I first meant him on a Traditional Muzzleloading Forum. It was his ability to make a new knife and sheath and make it look like someone had gone back in time and brought it to the present! Now I am not talking about some of the stuff I see where someone attempted to make a piece look old by gouging it with a grinder stuff! But he had a way of aging his knives to show the period!


It was Wick's style of help, as well as how he imparted that help, that makes him timeless. He would answer any question I came up with and take the time to explain why it was this way and why what you were thinking did not work. He did all of this with out once ever saying, how dumb the newbies question was! And I came up with some really stupid ones!! He would divulge how to. That is something many makers won't do. He did that with confidence because, he knew it would take most of us years to perfect what for him was every day!


Wick and Chuck Burrows both have true knowledge of knife making. Both could rattle of the history of knife making like it being quoted from an encyclopedia! Ok so I dated myself with that one! :D I am so glad to see that he has come back to the forum. 


I always called him my adopted mentor. Not that he adopted me, I adopted him and his knowledge that he imparts to all who ask will make you a better knife maker if you listen to what he is telling you! He is a true master at his craft and I am glad to call him friend, even though I have never meant him in person!!

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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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