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Lefty
03-18-2014, 05:22 PM
This is a Takeda saya made out of some beautiful maple from our friend Mark Farley:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E6CDC461-B254-495F-84C3-43DF489E6F88-6849-000007D58A61A985_zps90b2f8d1.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/773A6537-2E8E-4851-AD1E-66A7BC8203FF-6849-000007D37A1AC4C5_zps53fe0efa.jpg

Let me know what you all think. :D

mkriggen
03-18-2014, 05:25 PM
What do I think? I think it ROCKS!:viking::headbang:

Be well,
Mikey

icanhaschzbrgr
03-18-2014, 05:28 PM
What do I think? I think it ROCKS!:viking::headbang:
No way! Such a soft color and texture. It's gonna be JAZZz!

Anton
03-18-2014, 05:46 PM
That cleaned up well...

Nice work, Tom

andre s
03-18-2014, 05:57 PM
That's nice!
good choice on the wood. such a simply shaped saya warrants that much (jazzy, to quote an expert) texture.
very cool
nice handle btw
ps may want to consider some kind of lining material next time. i'm thinking fur... :cold2:

Eric
03-19-2014, 12:41 AM
Really like it! Well done!

wellminded1
03-19-2014, 12:42 AM
Beautiful.

EdipisReks
03-19-2014, 12:48 AM
That's pretty damn nice!

Erilyn75
03-19-2014, 02:40 AM
Gorgeous!

apathetic
03-19-2014, 09:58 AM
Looks very good!!

Lefty
03-19-2014, 10:01 AM
Thanks, guys! This one made me learn some great little tricks. I mod'ed my grinder to accept huge pieces, and it really made this work cleanly, evenly and quicker than I had imagined. Every now and then, you get little game changing moments in this "craft", and this one had two of them. The other involved my "Christmas Saw", but you'll see the fruits of that one soon. :) I'm really happy with how it all ended up.

jigert
03-19-2014, 10:44 AM
Looks great, Tom! Nice piece of wood as well as great craftmanship.

Korin_Mari
03-20-2014, 06:21 PM
Amazing!!

Bill13
03-20-2014, 06:40 PM
Really nice! Did you make the handle too? It also looks superb.

Lefty
03-26-2014, 05:22 PM
My latest piece for a customer is rehandling a Hiromoto AS Gyuto any way I'd like. I borrowed inspiration from some mosaic pin stock I got from Michael Rader, randomly.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/0F4A6CD0-962C-4211-9E1F-7B765CFA9C82-604-000000EBF4EB5EC7_zps65197b7a.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/216F86FF-9EB8-4AF2-AA5A-CCF782E98D38-604-000000EE2CFCD61F_zps49d0c33c.jpg

It still needs to be finished (pins brought flush), and polished, but I'm really liking this one!

SpiceOfLife
03-26-2014, 05:34 PM
I really like it. Zebrawood?

- Steve

Lefty
04-05-2014, 05:31 PM
My latest. This is a hidden tang western conversion for a Carter gyuto Murray just sent to me:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/7EA19E64-1251-4858-AB1B-F293D45CCC09-9613-00000AF939E1525A_zps9c793cc2.jpg

Still some work to do, but I'm loving this badboy!

Lefty
04-06-2014, 11:16 PM
Almost done. I call this my "test finish". It lets me see what areas need further sanding, etc. As you can see, this one has turned out pretty well....

Let me know what you think, guys. :)

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E8BEE22C-43C7-491A-AA81-365EF21C88A8-10460-00000C148ECB76D8_zps413dd8a4.jpg

gavination
04-07-2014, 12:25 AM
Dang Tom, that looks awesome!! So much inspiration!

D3st1n
04-07-2014, 01:42 AM
Nice nice nice.....

bear1889
04-12-2014, 12:21 PM
Tom that looks cool.

erikz
04-12-2014, 12:28 PM
Looking good Tom!

Lefty
05-16-2014, 02:23 PM
Here's a fully custom 245mm Carter Gyuto that Murray and I did together. I knocked out the handle and saya for a great customer. The saya is solid walnut, courtesy of Mark Farley.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/605E0B48-B715-4EEB-B18A-CF5475852C04-19550-000017B7C1CEB6EE_zps5626f295.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/8BFD40E6-C868-4C03-AF76-5B0B67446954-19550-000017B7F0D5A3A4_zpsb5625069.jpg

Thanks for looking!

Pensacola Tiger
05-16-2014, 02:26 PM
Beautiful knife, Tom!

erikz
05-16-2014, 02:30 PM
Wow, this is looking hot Tom!

icanhaschzbrgr
05-16-2014, 02:56 PM
I love this style of shape and colors/wood combination! Beautifully made. And really nice photos btw

Burl Source
05-16-2014, 03:16 PM
Nice Work!

ramenlegend
05-16-2014, 03:57 PM
what a combo! It's a good thing that carters are so difficult to track down, because this makes me want another.

Lefty
05-16-2014, 11:35 PM
Thanks, guys! This was a real pet project for me, and best of all, I feel I've upped my game immensely, as a result!

Chefu
05-17-2014, 05:33 AM
Beautiful work. Very classy....

dough
05-17-2014, 10:49 AM
its always nice to see a carter that length. its even better to see you have done this to it.

larrybard
05-17-2014, 11:59 AM
Absolutely love that handle!

Lefty
08-05-2014, 04:32 PM
Guys, I've been busy with life (baby/wife/work/other fun stuff), but I have also been pumping out some cool stuff. Here's a peek at what I've been up to:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/68EBB55D-122B-4F94-813E-E852163A123F-7615-00000A8C6CC3D173_zps002f435a.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E4534159-CE29-4E64-A310-AC6EB8FD769D-7615-00000A8C9A54543A_zps1a65f890.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/07AC38A7-C7E4-4953-93B8-05AAA9488AF7-7615-00000A8CBD464E43_zps89beb471.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/DB1B0BF0-779A-4771-9CCA-264C7899FF79-7615-00000A8D71B6EB3E_zps63d86fe8.jpg

Thought you might wonder if I still do anything.... :D

Mucho Bocho
08-05-2014, 04:37 PM
Sweet Saya's Tom. So your making Saya's for Rulers there days. Getting ahead of the market huh?

Awesome, I could use a Saya for my iphone 5, or should I just wait until the 6 comes out?

larrybard
08-05-2014, 05:10 PM
"Thought you might wonder if I still do anything"

What's the last one?

Lefty
08-05-2014, 05:39 PM
"Thought you might wonder if I still do anything"

What's the last one?

The last one is a project that I'm still working on (finished up the handle this morning). It will have a matching saya, and be more or less cleaned up, with a proper polish on the blade road. Here's another pic:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/AB9B39B5-9E09-4E28-ABB5-A8A33B4DF6FF-7615-00000A8D1F879087_zpsa6b200e5.jpg

I can't tell if the pics are fuzzy or not, but they shouldn't be. Meh.

Oh, and it's a vintage Masamoto Deba for my boy Jamie. I'll be doing a takobiki of his, as well, to match.

larrybard
08-05-2014, 05:49 PM
Thanks. Really like the look as it is now (i.e., unpolished) and with that handle (though its shape makes me wonder how comfortable it is -- but you're the expert). Qhat I'd call somewhat rustic. If Jamie decides he doesn't like it, please ask him to send me a PM. (After Cohen also declines it, I suppose. :laugh: )

daddy yo yo
08-06-2014, 02:14 PM
what gyuto is this with this beautiful octagonal handle with blonde ferrule? like the sayas too! :D

marc4pt0
08-07-2014, 01:03 AM
Tom, your saya skills have just jumped leaps and bounds over this short period of time! Great work my man! Just wish I could squeeze onto your waiting list...

Lefty
09-30-2014, 02:25 PM
Sorry about the quality of this picture. The best I could do was a screenshot off my Instagram account. Damn technology!

Kochi, with McLean Custons Saya:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/F8E34C6E-435A-4DE1-8B71-61588E18FEA7-149-00000002F056EE73_zpsc60d85a3.jpg

Thanks guys.

Pensacola Tiger
09-30-2014, 03:59 PM
Nice job, Tom! Is that walnut?

Lefty
09-30-2014, 04:15 PM
Thanks, Rick! It's actually...poplar.... :D This is a new thing I'm trying out, and for less than a premium saya, guys can get a pretty similar look.

Lefty
09-30-2014, 04:19 PM
Damn typos! McLean Customs....

Ruso
10-01-2014, 12:53 AM
Poplar saya looks really cool, but it must have a nice coat of dark lacquer on top.

Chefu
10-01-2014, 06:15 AM
Nice work Tom... I really like this one

Lefty
11-21-2014, 09:47 PM
Another little update, for anyone who is curious/interested. :)

A couple weeks ago, I was the feature of a National (International, but Canadian-made) ad that will be airing on December 1st, on a television, or computer near you. Ketel One Vodka decided I was an interesting choice as one of five craftsmen for the "One Craft" campaign. It was an absolute honour, and a blast to shoot. They basically followed me around for the day as I made a saya, and made a handle for, and rehandled a Tanaka gyuto. I'm still shocked that they contacted me, then chose me, and I was absolutely humbled by the whole process.

Here are two "sneak peek" pictures of the ad, which will be hitting the air soon:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/B2A36D37-742B-47F3-BC1C-F13ABB028803-184-000000156429BEFB_zps92de6222.jpg

Here I am inspecting the grind work on the saya.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/44EFEE0D-D9FF-4C07-91E1-87C28ECFF9C9-184-00000015146AF41D_zps95749cac.jpg

Fitting up the new handle on the Tanaka.

Also, I've been insanely busy with buying (and hopefully selling) our house(s). This means a brand new, designated workshop for McLean Customs, and a house to grow into with our growing family. We are sad to be leaving our wonderful home, but thrilled at the prospect of what this new one will bring. It is in the area that we have always had our sights set on, and is much better suited for the direction we are going in. Needless to say, we are in love with the new place. I should also thank my good friend Pierre Rodrigue for being an awesome resource throughout the process. You are and likely always will be a terrific sounding board and mentor.

Lastly, I've managed to get some work done, in and around all of this, with these two pieces being my most recent. These two handles are from the same tree, and will be going on some beautiful old Masamotos that were made together, the same day (over 12 years ago). I really like how they turned out. :)

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/7B8FE027-20FF-4570-BDD9-666775250D1B-184-000000150E622732_zpsbbe98974.jpg

Thanks for reading. :) I know that a lot of this craziness is due, in part, to you guys. You rock!

EdipisReks
11-21-2014, 10:14 PM
Awesome, Tom!

chinacats
11-21-2014, 10:25 PM
Congrats Tom!

marc4pt0
11-21-2014, 10:38 PM
Dude! That is so cool, man! Congrats!

larrybard
11-21-2014, 10:43 PM
Congratulations! Well deserved recognition.

Will be interesting to see what the additional exposure does for your business.

cclin
11-22-2014, 03:20 AM
Congratulations! Very beautiful handles!

Mucho Bocho
11-22-2014, 08:33 AM
Thanks for sharing Tom. Congrats to you and your growing family

Pensacola Tiger
11-22-2014, 12:44 PM
Very nice, Tom! And congrats on the impending move to a new home!