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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Fri 06 Aug, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well hard to say more than has already been said except to repeat that all the nice things written about this sword are true and very well deserved. Wink Happy Cool

Oh, and if our praise makes you feel good it also gives rise to a smile on our side and also makes us feel good. Wink Big Grin

Hope the tendonitus goes away. Sad

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PostPosted: Sun 08 Aug, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey Peter...

Yet another masterpiece!

There is something very specific about the beauty of your works... the proportions and surfaces maybe.

Not sure exactly how to explain it. Everything just seems so inevitable. Every part of the design just flows together so well.

and it is a pleasure to allow the eye to follow the lines... all your swords seem to have a narrative structure to them (if that makes any sense? Big Grin )

It is a signature of sorts... something that identifies the craft of the craftsman even with out the stamp.

Thanks for allowing me to ogle this beauty Eek! .

take care

ks

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Taylor Ellis




PostPosted: Sun 08 Aug, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, just wow. This is one of those items you look at and realise that its craftsmanship is amongst the very best in the world.

Peter, you really need to do a coffee table style artbook showing pictures like these (and also the in progress pictures you linked to) mate!
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PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010 6:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is one of - if not the most - beautiful Longswords I have ever seen.
Na sir 's na seachain an cath.
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PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010 8:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Peter,

I sent you a PM about your condition. I may be able to help you out with it. (Sorry for the Hijack)

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010 8:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's truly inspiring! I don't know how you do the amount of filework you do. If I file for 10 minutes I feel in my hands for days.
-Sean

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010 10:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holy #$#@!

That is beautiful! Absolutely stunning!

I don't suppose it is for sale?

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Artis Aboltins




PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010 11:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fantastic work as always! I only wish I'd get a chance to handle this sword - from the description it seems like a blade with lots of presence to it.
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PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2010 12:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you guys for being generous about showing your enthusiasm for this sword.
It has been a doorway project of sorts: the first sword finished after a big commission that turned out to be both draining and time consuming.
There will be more long swords coming, but also pattern welded blades of various sorts as well as things more experimental in nature. Perhaps another take on the Vorpal sword theme and some experiments with the sword as a timeless object rather than a study of a specific time, type and style.

Mike, thank you for your concern. The tendonitis is fine right now, but it is one of these things that tend to flare up when health or soul are out of sorts. I have learned to value sleep and avoid too much stress. Structure and flow, that is the medicine (plus keeping up with work out and stretching!).

Sean, file work can be tiring but the trick is to let the file work for you. Finding the grove and and put your body into it. Plus a good rock steady vice is always helpful. I really enjoy filing. A good thing since filing and polishing is the major task in any project.

Kirk, what you say about a narrative structure is a very fine compliment. This is exactly what I feel when studying original pieces. They have sense and measure about them (something like an "energy") that speaks volumes, but I can only hope to retell this "story" by making another sword, there is no other way to convey it. It is one of those things that can really draw you in. It is elusive and will always be something that is to strive for, never to be taken for granted.

Craig, Matthew and Peter, thank you. Words of encouragement from fellow craftsmen mean much. You know well the task and the work.

This sword was made to be an available piece. It was spoken for before it was finished, but it may yet end up becoming openly available again. I shall know in a couple of days.
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is beautiful work; I will be eternally jealous of whomever takes it home with them!
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Peter Cowan




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PostPosted: Wed 11 Aug, 2010 3:13 pm    Post subject: a long sword, finally         Reply with quote

Peter,
I was stunned when I saw your newest creation. The file-work on the hilt is crisp and clean, and the blade is
amazing with the hollow-grind. It is also very interesting to see how make something and I always enjoy that.
Finally the wrap is spectacular with its design and the spiral cord.
Once again you have hit the nail on the head. My congratulations.
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Aug, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that's an amazing looking sword. Excellent work!
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Aug, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: A long sword, finally         Reply with quote

Peter Johnsson wrote:
I had to cancel this years knife maker show in Solingen because of warnings of a flare up of my old tendonitis. All went well, but work was slow for a while. Now as summer starts to show promise of the coming autumn, I have finally put the last touches to a sword that was intended for the Solingen show.


Peter


Hello Peter,

On July 6th I had the chance to visit the Deutsches Klingenmuseum (again) and I got to see your work there first hand. I wanted to buy the Schöne Schärfe book, but of course this had long since sold out.

A friend and I took lots of lovely photos of the collection there (oroginal A&A German Rapier; your work, the Solingen Sword: Albion Armorers etc.), it's a shame I can't really post them here ... not enough picture space allowed.

Anyway lovely piece you have there, keep up the good work!

Kind regards,

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Aug, 2010 1:05 am    Post subject: WOW!         Reply with quote

Peter,

Once again, you have crafted what could only be described as a veritable master class on the relationship of lines, shapes, and proportions-- you really have an eye for that.

The detail work in the guard and grip truly is the icing on the cake!

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Rhaegar fought valiantly.
Rhaegar fought honorably.
And Rhaegar died."

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Oct, 2010 12:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I knew I was missing a lot, procrastinating my visit to these forums. Apologies for not congratulating you earlier for that wonderful sword.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Oct, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Simply and plainly awesome.You put most high end sword manufactures to shame Big Grin A total inspiration for us all.I guess my mouth didn't open up quite as wide in wonder as some of you,because I seen this sword posted a while ago on Bladesmith's Forum.Yet with a second look,its easier to appreciate the little details instead of being immediatly blown away by the overall effect of a master craftsman.For those of you (like myself) who enjoy constructing(or at least attempting to consruct) handmade weapons,there are some excellent photos that Peter hasn't included here on the methods used in building this longsword on Bladesmith's Forum.Check them out under the show and tell threads under the title"a mid fifteenth century longsword" Its totally worth the look Cool
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Oct, 2010 10:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Holy crap! Want that. Worried
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PostPosted: Thu 28 Oct, 2010 7:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

beautiful piece. I was thinking to do the same with a sword I saw in museum (a swiss town).
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Nov, 2010 7:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow....

Superb work.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Nov, 2010 7:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Peter,

I am delighted by this sword. I wish I could see it in person and handle it.

Jean

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