I had a great weekend doing the show but the best part was getting to spend some time with Eli. My first contact with Eli was through forums and I got to know him better when he purchased a few knives which always seems to help. I'd invited him to come do Blade West with me and he was able to get it on his calender and do it. Eli also wanted to see my shop and I had told him we'd spend some time out there. While Eli was near one of my forges he'd happen to spot a piece of rebar I had started to forge a ball on to and asked what I was going to do with it. I told him I couldn't remember. Anyway that same piece of rebar caught my eye and this is what I have so far. I still need to do a little more forging on it but something was smoking under the forge so I stopped to put it out.
Eli and I spent sometime talking about rebar knives while we were at the show. Eli was wondering if I could do something a little fancier with the rebar. Ken Hurst came to mind. He's been after me for several months wanting me to make something he could engrave so this is going to be the project. I called Ken a little bit ago to see if this would be something he'd be interested in. He's said it sounds like beauty and the beast. He said he'd sure like to do it. I told them there still a chance I can screw things but its a go so far.
Here's some pictures I have taken along the way.