Notes from last CKA meeting

Apr 30, 2001
For all you California knife makers out there who do not belong to the California Knifemakers Association, you don't know what you are missing. Join up, you will be glad you did.

Saturday CKA had another meeting. We all met at the shop of Tony Swatton (The Sword and The Stone). For those of you who don't know, Tony is a big time maker for Hollywood. Made Dustin Hoffmans hook in the Robin Williams movie "HOOK". If you see armor on film, chances are it was hand made by Tony.

We completly filled and took over his display room. We even were spilling out into the back parking lot at times.

After the start of the meeting we greeted all the new faces and had show and tell. This is the time when we get to show off or new stuff and then have it verbally torn apart by the other members :). Not that bad, and a great way to learn. They are not too ruff and just let you know what areas you need to work on.

We then proceeded out to the shop area. Tony started off by doing some helmet forming and showing how some of his specialized equipment works. Then ABS Master Smith Red St.Cyr stepped up to the forge. He beat the living heck out of a piece of cable (with Tony throwing in a few blows for good measure). In the end, it turned into a beautiful cable damascus bowie blade. What a thrill, to sit and watch a true master transform junk into art. The forged to shape blade is pictured below.
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After Red was done, CKA President Jim Ferguson had a surprise for us. He announced that the blade was going to be auctioned off (with all proceeds going to CKA).

Back inside to the show room. This time good ol' Bill Herndon stepped up to act as auctioneer. Bill added the fact that not only would the winning bidder get the blade, but also a full days one on one lesson with Red!!!!!:eek:

Well, needless to say bidding was ruthless (I even think a hockey game broke out in one corner :D). In the end there can be only one winner. So when the dust settled, IT WAS ME :)!!!

After the close of the meeting we all went across the street and took over a local Mexican resturant for a late lunch. After a lazy lunch some of use stuck around the shop and BSed for another hour or so.

All in all a fantastic meeting. So much knowledge was being handed out you would need a recorder to catch just half of it. So, like I said, if you are in CA and don't belong - JOIN. You will never regret it. Drop me an e-mail and I will get you Jims shop #.


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The sword that cuts down evil brings life to those upon which evil would prey.:)