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Eric Estlund

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Last month I had the great pleasure of heading to Zack Jonas' shop for a week long messer intensive with Peter Johnsson. As a guy who generally works alone, the workshop atmosphere was a delight. With some long hours I was able to get the metal work finished in NH. I secured the grip panels and made the scabbard on my return to CO.

 

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The messer is 8670 with forged 1045 fittings, blackwood scales and German silver pins.

 

It was important for me to have a complete object that was a true reflection of the work done in class, so I really limited after class work to a day mounting the scales cut in class, 2 days of scabbard work (sewn leather over wood with a wool lining) and then marking and sharpening the true and false edges. 

 

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that is a great product for a class. The fittings are impressive, too. Is the pommel pinned from the side or peened?

Really cool stuff. Good for you!

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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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I was just wondering the other day how that workshop went …… Really sweet work Eric…. It is nice to see some of Peter’s influence in your attention to detail…. I think the simpler a design looks the harder it is to pull off….. Less is more……. I hear Mick  singing out “ and need of some restraint” …… I think you show excellent restraint in your statement ….. Nice!!! 

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Kevin- that is peened. I'm working on another study in which the original was pinned, but opted for another slotted and through peen.

 

Dick- thank you. In my other work I certainly try to balance enough detail to be interesting with enough restraint to keep it clean. Peters knowledge and image base of historic pieces was hugely helpful.

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8 hours ago, Dick Sexstone said:

I hear Mick  singing out “ and need of some restraint”

 

No sympathy for you! :lol:

 

But yes, clean lines here.  Really captures that late Germanic aesthetic of the period.  Let the French and Italians get all fancy. B)

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