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Brian K.
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Albion Knight; Custom Handmade Scabbard (new 9-12-09)         Reply with quote

Hello myArmoury community,

I had to jump in and share this one, as the end result is one of my favorites thus far. The body of the scabbard is an antiqued tan, and the suspension is an antiqued saddle tan. Brass fittings complete the buckle, tip & chape with antiqued finish. The end result, see for yourself Big Grin

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ooooh purdy! Stop teasing us with your artistic gifts:P
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 3:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is another nice one Brian. I really like the leather work and stamping on this one. Not to over the top but sets it off nicely. I also think the buckle on this one. Did you do the work on that one yourself?

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian...you are a machine Happy

Each piece is as good as the one before, often even better (like this one for that matter, for the color you used complement each other in a very subtle way).

Bravo!

J
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 5:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yeah, this one is nice. Really nice..... Really, really nice. Really !@#king nice. I believe I dented the floor when my jaw hit it.
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 6:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 6:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Josh Maxwell wrote:
I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.


Me too. The strap end (horse head?) is pretty gorgeous too.

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well another " droolworthy " scabbard and I have to clean my keyboard every time I see your work !

Oh, and your photography of your work is also first class by the way: Every pic looks rich in colour and texture, the lighting makes the forms easy to see but with dramatic contrasts without dark unreadable or too bright and washed out areas: By the way this is very hard to do ! ( Did a fair share of studio lighting for photography and video over a 25 year media career that I think I sort of qualify in having a professional opinion about the quality of photography ).

Have you considered photography as an other professional career ? I think you have the eye and talent for it. Wink Big Grin Cool

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jonathan Atkin wrote:
Ooooh purdy! Stop teasing us with your artistic gifts:P


Thank you Jon.

Scott Kowalski wrote:
This is another nice one Brian. I really like the leather work and stamping on this one. Not to over the top but sets it off nicely. I also think the buckle on this one. Did you do the work on that one yourself?

Scott


Thank you Scott. The buckle is of the 3rd party nature Wink Not my handywork.

Julien M wrote:
Brian...you are a machine Happy

Each piece is as good as the one before, often even better (like this one for that matter, for the color you used complement each other in a very subtle way).

Bravo!

J


Thank you Julien. The decision was a tough one, as usually the suspension is made to match the grip. But I felt there was more than enough black accent's in the antiquing to tie it all in together.

Tim Lison wrote:
Yeah, this one is nice. Really nice..... Really, really nice. Really !@#king nice. I believe I dented the floor when my jaw hit it.


Thank you Tim.

Josh Maxwell wrote:
I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.


Before I even started this scabbard the idea for the middle just popped into my head.

Jared Smith wrote:
Josh Maxwell wrote:
I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.


Me too. The strap end (horse head?) is pretty gorgeous too.


I always like that piece, too.

Jean Thibodeau wrote:
Well another " droolworthy " scabbard and I have to clean my keyboard every time I see your work !

Oh, and your photography of your work is also first class by the way: Every pic looks rich in colour and texture, the lighting makes the forms easy to see but with dramatic contrasts without dark unreadable or too bright and washed out areas: By the way this is very hard to do ! ( Did a fair share of studio lighting for photography and video over a 25 year media career that I think I sort of qualify in having a professional opinion about the quality of photography ).

Have you considered photography as an other professional career ? I think you have the eye and talent for it. Wink Big Grin Cool


Thank you Jean. That's very nice of you to say so. I've had quite a bit of photography experience in my past, including some in college. If you could see my setup though, you would really get quite a chuckle. Big Grin Let's just say my photography is dependent on a certain time of day Wink . My brother has the real eye when it comes to photography, as he went to a school in L.A. to become a fashion photographer many years ago.

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 12:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very fine job indeed, Sir! Seeing such artisianship it is easy to understand why a good scabbard might cost the same as a sword it is made for.
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 6:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Josh Maxwell wrote:
I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.


Me too! What a beautiful motif idea in the middle.

I love how you managed to merge three styles of tool work into one work of art. The way it transitions from the detail on the throat and belt to the elegant motif in the middle and finally into the simplicity of the chape area is masterful.

It just flows.
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 6:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You are welcome Brian. I know you cannot say who you get your fittings from, trade secret and all, but they produce some nice pieces. I think what impresses me most is you consistency from project to project. While no tow are the same the artistic work that goes into each one to compliment the sword are great. That and you seem to continuously strive to outdo your last piece.

Keep up the great work!
Scott

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 6:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jared Smith wrote:
Josh Maxwell wrote:
I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.


Me too. The strap end (horse head?) is pretty gorgeous too.


Isn't that one from Vendel?
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 6:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian,

Your work has such an excellent balance of form and aesthetics. Fancy and elaborate, but not so overdone as to seem cheap and gaudy, it speaks of quality not "bling". This can be hard to do and you've achieved it admirably.

Come on March, tic toc, tic toc................................ Big Grin
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PostPosted: Fri 30 Oct, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Artis Aboltins wrote:
Very fine job indeed, Sir! Seeing such artisianship it is easy to understand why a good scabbard might cost the same as a sword it is made for.


Thank you Artis. That which do you like more, the sword or the scabbard? Big Grin

Allen Foster wrote:
Josh Maxwell wrote:
I'm really, really liking the tooling done on the middle of this one.


Me too! What a beautiful motif idea in the middle.

I love how you managed to merge three styles of tool work into one work of art. The way it transitions from the detail on the throat and belt to the elegant motif in the middle and finally into the simplicity of the chape area is masterful.

It just flows.


Thanks Allen. You are complimentary as usual. I'm looking forward to the Arn scabbard.

Scott Kowalski wrote:
You are welcome Brian. I know you cannot say who you get your fittings from, trade secret and all, but they produce some nice pieces. I think what impresses me most is you consistency from project to project. While no tow are the same the artistic work that goes into each one to compliment the sword are great. That and you seem to continuously strive to outdo your last piece.

Keep up the great work!
Scott


Thanks again, Scott. I actually use several vendors, and sometimes I even mix & match. The most important thing to me is making sure the end result is above satisfactory. If I keep producing something better than before, it tell's me I'm getting better, but it also shows there is always more to learn Big Grin

I also like to look at it as art, and I'm finding new thing's to do each time.

Patrick Kelly wrote:
Brian,

Your work has such an excellent balance of form and aesthetics. Fancy and elaborate, but not so overdone as to seem cheap and gaudy, it speaks of quality not "bling". This can be hard to do and you've achieved it admirably.

Come on March, tic toc, tic toc................................ Big Grin


Thank you Patrick. The wait will be worth it.

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Oct, 2009 6:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'll echo the others. I like the subtle colors, and the functional look. The decorative additions enhance without overwelming the sword.
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Nov, 2009 5:11 am    Post subject: Well Done !         Reply with quote

Compliments Brian ....

I fell in love with the scabbard and the idea that leather can become such a rich media of expression !

Will certainly commision something in the near future !

Your web site, BTW, is also excellent !

Be Well !
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