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Progress Update on the Custom Steak Knife Commission Project

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 11-28-2007 05:30 PM 2057 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks, the Wife is in town getting a piece of glass for the top of my knife display box, and so I snuck in from the shop to post an update on the progress for my custom steak knife project. This is the first set of 18 knives. I haven’t started the second set of 12 knives, so it will be a another long couple of weeks to get them finished. This first set of 18 needed to be in Las Vegas for a party this coming Saturday night, so that was a hard push to get them finished in time. This project is the first time in 13 years that I have worked Sundays for a customer, or a Thanksgiving Day, but I committed to making the deadline.

I have a few more details to do, and then they are off to the UPS Store.

Oops, the Wife just drove in, back to the shop,
Mark

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Update of 11-29-2007:
Here is the final project posting link for this set of knives:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3716

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if you would like to read my other blog postings on this project, please visit here:
1) Confirmation of the Order: http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/decoustudio/blog/2501
2) Shipping of Samples: http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/decoustudio/blog/2470 – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -—- – - – - – -

Thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com



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Max

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#1 posted 11-28-2007 05:48 PM

Very beautiful work as usual Mark. The case and the knives are awesome…....

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 11-28-2007 05:53 PM

What’s on the blade? Looks like art, but I’ve never seen anything like this..

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#3 posted 11-28-2007 06:11 PM

OK, what’s up with the Damascus blades? Now you’re going to tell me that you also made those. If you did you are a master of all! Those are awfully nice stake knives Mark! You used just about all aspects of art form in that set, from inlay, art design, scrimshaw, carving, and joinery. Were you given freedom with the case design? Nice added touch with the inlay to hide the knot defects.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 11-28-2007 06:34 PM

magnificent…
what a treasured keepsake…. and the conversation that will take place when this is brought out—oh my!!

well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 11-28-2007 06:47 PM

VERY NICE!!! as always.I would like to see their face when they open the package.

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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#6 posted 11-28-2007 07:20 PM

Lookin’ good, Mark

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-28-2007 07:32 PM

Very cool :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 11-28-2007 08:17 PM

Mark – WOW!. The box is beautiful—- as are the knives. You are truly blessed with talent.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 11-28-2007 08:24 PM

Mark, Mark, Mark, You are the master of all, did you make the damascus steel? Is my first question. Next is that jade in the beautiful box top? Did you ever take lessons in samuri sword making from some Japanese master? This is Awesome to the extreme. A true work of art. Can’t think of any more adjectives. God has Blessed you beyond us all. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 11-28-2007 10:43 PM

Really Mark! This set is very impressive! Damascus steel, antler bone, scrimshaw and a rustic box with turquoise accents! Very nice! I also noticed that of all the scrimshaw samples you sent, the client chose an elk, which wasn’t something that you submitted? What kind of finish did you use on the box?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 11-28-2007 10:53 PM

The knives and the presentation are exquisite! Beautiful craftsmanship!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 11-29-2007 12:20 AM

Mark. Beautiful as always. Now they know that they made the right decision to go with you. There is no one that could make a presentation better.

May you be greatly blessed with much additional work because of this commission.

God Bless

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#13 posted 11-29-2007 12:20 AM

You take my breath away, Mark. Beautiful work. Extremely quick execution. Wow! Did you also make the Damascus steel blades?

-- Rookster, (http://www.robertkarl.org/woodworkingblog/)

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#14 posted 11-29-2007 12:41 AM

Wow. Absolutely beautiful.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 11-29-2007 06:50 AM

Really great work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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