AKG OFFICE BEARERS 2012
These are the people responsible for the daily management of the Guild. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly, meet those who volunteer their time.
TOP ROW L-R: President Adam Parker, Vice President Stewart Townsend
BOTTOM ROW L-R: Secretary/Treasurer Rob Herbert, Newsletter Editor Terri Parker, Webmaster Karim Haddad
One of the benefits of working for a mining company with sites all over Australia and NZ is you get to collect quite a few Frequent Flyer points. So after returning from Blade 2010 Qantas was keen for me to return to the US again for only $322 return. How could I refuse?? It just happens that the inaugural Rocky Mountain Knife show in Boise, Idaho was on the weekend following the Adelaide Custom Knife show and my mate Bill Burke MS was only too happy to have me back again.
Quickly rounding up a few extra blades to take for both shows it was off to Adelaide where I had a very successful show as well as winning best forged blade. Headed off to the US on the Monday and arrived with a shiver as Boise was getting a decent sprinkling of snow. Up bright and early hoping to harvest an elk before the season closed but was beaten to the shot so ended up assisting with the skinning of the beast. Bill skinned the animal with one of his small 52100 pronghorn skinners which was onto its 3rd elk with out the edged being resharpened. Pretty good steel when heat treated properly. I took a couple of bearings over with me that I just happened to have a good supply of and forged out a blade and heat treated it with Bill’s recipe and sure enough they are 52100. I gave up cutting rope after approx 100 cuts, my hand was getting sore from holding the tang. The edge was still fine.
On Wednesday 8/9/10 I visited a rural property at Kilkivan in Southern QLD (about 50 km west of Gympie) to observe an Engraving School.
The difference with this school is that it is a Machine Engraving School (G.R.S Graver Max etc.) conducted by a G.R.S Instructor named Jeremiah Watt from the USA.
There were 9 students doing the course; 2 were Knife Makers and the rest were in the horse industry (custom saddles and bridles, rodeo belt buckles etc, all applied with silver and engraved).
After having to cancel at the last minute on going to Blade show 2009 I was really hanging out to getting clearance to fly after my leg operation and 2 weeks before Blade 2010 I was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief and make final arrangements.
Bad weather managed to delay one of my connecting flights from Dallas so after a combined 28hrs from Perth I was able to get horizontal in Atlanta. Set up for the show starts Thur so was able to gain entry and start sniffing out the few pieces of handle material I was particularly chasing, stag and walrus. Thank god my nose was working well after all the flying.
Fri thru Sunday were of course show days and although crowd numbers appeared up there, people were obviously being very careful with their money and this year I only sold 3 knives, however at least I sold some. My leg was not happy being on concrete all day and was blowing up like a balloon so had to park up pretty early most nights, although I did manage to help Shawn McIntyre and his partner Amanda celebrate her birthday along with Tommy Gann and his partner.