THEN, my hay man came out and delivered 2 round bales, and the wonderfully talented bladesmith called and had finished my belt knife. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So, I threw the kids in the van and we headed out to his shop. This blade is *awesome*. He says this is his finest forging job to date - he was able to forge the bevel in. It's beautiful, and it matches the bodice dagger he made me back in the Summer.
This completes 2 of the things Steve was going to make for me. (Unfortunately, I've had to actually *pay* for them, but hey - you do what you gotta do, yes? I miss my jack-of-all-trades hubby, for more than the usual!) The knives Steve had already made for me, a belt knife and a dirk (with the by-knives, even) have Hondurous (or however that's spelled) Rosewood hilts set with Tiger Eyes, and the belt knife has a matching Rosewood sheath). He had gotten a blade for a bodice dagger for me, but we traded it (with an Osage Orange hilt) to a friend of mine for a set of hand-thrown mugs, so he had started the search for another blade for me.
So, when I met Mr. Adams (of Shadowhawk Blades), I admired his forgework and ordered the bodice dagger. I dug out a hunk (technical term, there)of Pink Ivory (a really pretty hardwood) and sent it off to him......the bodice dagger is gorgeous. I just need to find a sheath-maker......ahem. Anyway, he told me he had enough of the wood left to make a matching dagger, if I wanted it...of course I said YES. The wood was some Steve had gotten to make himself a sword hilt, so it had sentimental value, and, gee......you can never have enough live steel!
The only problem is that he doesn't make sheaths. *sigh* Neither do I - I know *how*, I just can't do it. I've tried, and wasted lots of leather, and I just can't make them so they look right. I figure that's one thing I can leave to the experts - I really don't need any more hobbies!
I spent today at the loom. The kids were weaving again today - I had to rewarp Himself's loom, since the visit to the daycare kinda ruined the original warp - but they both got a few inches done. Me? I'm on dishtowel #4 - they look absolutely awesome, and much much much more complex then they really are. Dad saw #1 during it's creation, and he was amazed. In fact, he told me today he had no idea how I was able to make all the patterns in it (9 per row, 10 rows per dishtowel - each row is approx. 2" tall). Hehehehe. It's all in the threading and treadling. Easy-peasy. Only, it's gotten both kids inspired....I can see lots of strange twills in my future!
Pictures have been taken of both the weaving-in-progress and the daggers - I should be able to post them on the webpage tomorrow. I'll post links when they're up!