Creative juices have been flowing freely this summer. Jerry set out to develop a holder for a set of kitchen knives and ended up with two beautiful designs.
The first one is a re-design of an old knife block that allowed sharp edges to repeatedly came in contact with wood, like the one I have in my kitchen. Jerry ordered magnets to fix that problem, and made a work of art in the process.
Someone then gave him the idea for a one-knife holder. He spent a few minutes in his shop, scratching his head, then sketched a plan. Here is what he came up with.
We’re not done yet! Creativity is also pouring into the document realm. For a long time we’ve needed a flyer that outlines the care instructions for handcrafted knives. It’s coming together nicely (no photos yet).
Local schools will be starting up soon. We hope you have a happy, satisfying fall season making whatever you enjoy making–to your heart’s content.
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.
The highlight of Jerry’s year as a knife maker took place a few weeks ago, the OKCA spring knife show, which is held at the Lane Events Center near the heart of Eugene.
Advertised as the biggest knife show west of the Mississippi, it’s easy to see why. We got this photo while he was setting up his table before the crowds arrived. Afterwards it would have been difficult to get a good shot – and he’d likely have been too distracted to even look at the camera.
Check out the OKCA website to see more photos and information.
Jerry says this year’s show had the most attendees he’s ever witnessed, and it was his “best year ever.” It’s fun when people come back year after year to check in and tell their knife stories.
We’re already filling out the application form for next year, so plan on seeing us at table G-5 again.
Last month we went to the Florida panhandle to hang out with our first grandchild and his two baby sisters. And their folks, of course. Why not celebrate Christmas more than once a year?
We shouldn’t have been surprised the weather was colder there than back home in Oregon. Two years ago we stayed in the camper and crawled out of the sack to find ice in the birdbath. Next time we’d best go in the spring.
Congregating around three vets and their service dogs our last day there, we shivered on the sandy beach, the only significant time we spent outside the entire week. I’m not complaining. These guys and their canine friends were great.
There’s a lot of good stuff to say about Florida. For instance, all three vets own a Jerry Davis knife, which makes us extremely proud.