Congratulations are in order for Chase, the raffle winner of the Jerry Davis Knife at the Traditional Archers of Oregon 2019 event near Brownsville last weekend. Jerry doesn’t play favorites, but he was sure happy for his new friend.
Put TAO on your calendar for next year, and come enjoy this friendly archery community. Special thanks to John McCoy for his kind invitation to the evening potluck.
by Kathy Davis
The Oregon Knife Show in Eugene brought some of our kids and grandchildren out to show their support. It was so great to have them come by. Thankfully, it wasn’t one of them who drew blood, it was me, their grandmother! I still don’t know when it happened, exactly, though I remember Jerry warning me to be more careful.
Like we do every year, we made some new contacts, and friends who hadn’t visited the annual show discovered they have been missing a fine event. Several promised they’ll be back.
It’s always an interesting crowd, whether attendees are from the Willamette Valley or as far away as China. I suggest you make it a point to come to the next one in April 2020. I’ll have extra band-ades ready, just in case.
by Kathy Davis
When my knife-making husband describes an idea for his next knife, I have trouble imagining what he sees. He’ll even try to help me by pulling a knife off his rack and explaining how it compares to the yet-to-be-made one. I smile and nod.
The truth is, I don’t see it.
He sketches, erases, draws some more, twists the paper around to show me, but still . . . it’s not real to me.
I understand this.
I read voraciously and attend writing conferences every year, working to improve my writing. And though I learn a lot by listening to best-selling authors, I’m far more impressed if I have read one of their books.
It’s all about seeing and handling the finished product.
The Oregon Knife Show is a few weeks away, and it’s a great opportunity to get your hands on one of Jerry’s finished products. Come take a look. I plan to drop by his table often so maybe I’ll see you there.
Our last show of the year was three weeks ago and we’re looking at the start of 2019. It’s hard to let go of good times, but we’re anticipating more adventures in the months to come.
Jerry and I are thankful for our supportive family and friends, and for the collectors and knife enthusiasts who became owners of a Jerry Davis knife this year. We also appreciate those who send us photos and write reviews. Thank you for your generosity.
May you enjoy a happy and prosperous New Year!
Jerry pulled out his newest design this month, a kitchen knife. Even hot from the oven it was a work of art. Many thanks to our son, Seth Davis, for these photos.
It’s one week till the one-day knife show in Eugene. Come see us at the Lane Events Center on W. 13th Avenue on December 8. Though it’s a smaller show he’ll have a variety of knives for you to check out.
We thought the shop needed just a bit of tweaking. It turns out it’s getting more than that. We’re overhauling it!
We’ve got a bigger space to turn around in now–enough to get a great photo of our son, Seth, and our steampunk costumed granddaughter. It’s sweet having family nearby.
Jerry’s excited about an order that came in yesterday. It’s a type of steel he hasn’t used before, and its arrival gives us even more incentive to finish the shop’s makeover.
To see his progress, check out Jerry Davis Knives on his Facebook page or on Instagram.
by Kathy Davis
My son and I hovered in the shop yesterday, waiting for Jerry to present the knife he’d made for our friend. I busied myself with folding laundry, trying not to spoil the surprise. It’s new owner was going to love it.
We didn’t get a photo of the exchange, but we’ll never forget the delight on our friend’s face. His new knife is made with wood that came from his daughter’s husband’s grandfather’s wood sample collection–a man dearly missed by many. But though the grins were priceless we weren’t thinking about getting our cameras out.
We’re so thankful for good friends, and for creative ways to show it.
Note: The picture I uploaded for this post is of another friend with his first Jerry Davis knife, taken last year.