I work as much as I can, and thanks to the many things I do, I rarely have a problem with burnout. I have to say though that today was a day that I had a serious temptation to play rather than polish blades. A friend sent me 30 lbs of beautiful western maple burl that I wanted to cut up and sand so that I could see the patterns in it. Just from what I can see on the ends of the pieces he sent me it is going to be beautiful stuff. I did unpack the box, but it's still all as it came. I plan on sending it out for stabilizing, and you will all get to see some of it in the future. I also have 100 lbs of cherry burl that's been sitting in my shop for the past month waiting for me to cut it up as well. I do sometimes take a break to do things like this, knowing if I push too hard I'll make a mistake or worse will wind up hurting myself. I have pushed too far in the past and done exactly that. I was happy to be working indoors today in a heated shop, given that it was 28 degrees outside. We also had some snow last night that actually hung around all day, and there is more on the way tonight. Not enough to plow, but enough to know it's here and maybe to stay. I know many of you would love to have one of my knives, and right away, just let me say that I am working and intend to do so for a long time. I appreciate your patience. I have made over 100 knives this year so far as well as a lot of Damascus. You guys have a good night.
Laminated metals specialist, Kitchen knife and gadget maker
"Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a day, set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life"
Not meaning to rub it in to most of the country (this time), but I forget what season it is a lot of the time
Looking forward to a couple of the new style paring knives...and I will try one of your gyutos one of these days!