My good friend Jim is helping to take some of the load off my back so I can do more making and less marketing. Jim has just posted a handful of my knives, including cable damascus, which are available on Etsy at Arkham’s Miscellany. Jim has them on hand and will ship directly to your door. As my Renaissance Faire season approaches I’m finding that I have less and less time to be online doing what’s necessary to move product. As time goes on, Jim will be doing knife shows in the western part of Pennsylvania for me so this is just a logical step until the next show presents itself.
I’ve had some things going on at home that have required my attention over the past few days. We’ve finally (although a few weeks sooner than we had originally planned) moved my son, Asher, down here from Warren and we’re excited about getting him settled in – but that means enrolling in school, physicals, orientation and guidance counsellor meetings, so it’s kept me out of the shop for the past few days. Asher will actually be joining me for my last knife making class of the summer, which is going to be cool because it’s been a few years since he’s gotten to make a knife! Fun father and son bonding stuff! I’m holding off on finishing the san mai kukri for the moment to use as a demonstration in class, so we’ll get some updates on that piece later this weekend. Hopefully Monday we’ll all be settled into the groove and back on target. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire opens in just 3 short weeks and I’ve got some knives to make! In the meantime, The Arkham Miscellany, is going to begin selling my knives in the immediate future, so follow them on eBay for a chance to pick up some great pieces not available here on the site! I’m also still updating this site with some knives that will only be available here and at either the Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania Renaissance Faires or King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back with an update soon!
Day 2 of Celtic Fling was a lot nicer in the weather department, no rain, perfect temperatures.. still, I think day 1’s rain really deterred a lot of visitors. I wont lie, it wasn’t the best Celtic Fling I’ve done, probably close to the worst financially, but this is the business. When you start working outdoor events, you need to plan that every day can be rained out. It’s not the fault of the organizers, it’s not the weatherman’s fault, there’s no one to blame – it’s just nature! That aside, I still got the opportunity to talk with some great people on both days, made some new friends and some I really hope to see as students this coming fall. That reminds me, if you’re interested in taking classes, the new fall/winter schedule has been arranged and so far, only a few students have booked and every class still has openings! Once the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire begins in August, I expect classes to start filling up fast, last year my class schedule was booked in 3 weeks, just to give you an idea, so now’s the time to grab the dates you want! Anyway, it was great being out at Mount Hope for the Celtic Fling, weather aside, I had a great time as always. Coming up, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, King Richard’s Faire and the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival!
These were the simple designed knives that really made me first become interested in my craft. Yeah, there’s no woodwork, it looks easy to make, but let me tell you, getting it “just right” takes a lot more skill and effort than most people think. Anyway, these particular pieces are on their way to Warren for the Paranormal Faire taking place June 27 & 28.
Updated my gallery here on the site, but I didn’t update my camera to stamp pictures with the right date, so anything new may for the moment be classified as older pictures.. oh well, it’s been a long day, time to step away from the keyboard. I’ve got a lot of exciting things coming down the pike in the next few days, new knives, new videos, chases, escapes, revenge, etc — be sure to add your email address to the list of subscribers over on the right hand portion of the page and you’ll get email notifications and complete updates right in your email box!