Friday, February 21, 2014
Meet Cherry, My pocket knife!
While at the beach, I reaquinted myself with "Cherry", my original OAR CARVER pocket knife (name for the color). Dang, when I picked her up it was like holdin hands with an ol' girlfriend - opps, my wife. O'l Cherry lead me from merely cuttin and scrapeing at the wood, to really "slicing and dicein" some real smooth cuts. But O'l Cherry wasn't always so sharp and smooth. When I first got her, she was a trade for a small Noah's Ark. A friend who was a genuine real sculptress, portrate artist, and a master wood carver wanted a Noah's Ark for her grand children. I tried to give her the Ark, but she insisted on paying. Thus I traded for a new OAR CARVER pocket knife. I guess one could say that this is where the love affair started. O'l Cherry and I did get off to a rocky start. I found out what a "factory edge" was. When Cherry first arrived, she would have served as a great butter spreader. I immediately boxed her up and sent her back to the vendor, for what was advertized as a "professional sharpening". She came back and I couldn't wait to whittle. Well, I suppose since Cherry was "professionally" sharpened; she was sharp. But we still did not "hit it off". Luckily this was real close to the Gathering of Wood Carvers (GOW) which I was scheduled to participate in. At the GOW I introduced Cherry to Knife maker John Dunkle. I told John to "make this knife carve". John did his magic (flattened and resharpened the blade), O'l Cherry did her thing, and the love affair began.