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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Tods Stuff eating knife course         Reply with quote

Hi All,

I have been planning to start running courses for a while and so as a tester day to help me work out how to structure my facilities and content I invited a mixed group of customers, friends and forumites with mixed abilities and who I could trust to be honest when I asked for feedback.

It was a very valuable exercise and will help me plan the future courses I am thinking of running.

I would like to thank my experimental subjects from left to right, Mike Anderson, Finona Francis, Chrissie and Glen Carnie, Julien Messange and Gary Wise - Thank you. I allowed them to make whatever medieval knife they chose and assisted them through the process; starting with a blade and taking it through filework, bolsters, scales, rivetting and finishing.

The results were absolutely fantastic and a total credit to the application of the people involved.

Early next year I will be releasing dates for a series of courses, which are likely to include: eating knives, bollock daggers, knife scabbards, sword scabbards and crossbows and hopefully they will be as successful as this.

Tod



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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec, 2011 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now mine even looks worse...gotta figure out how to get over to the UK to take your course, Tod!
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Huh, seems like I have to make the next trip to the UK by car rather then by plane or train. Customs won't search random vehicles but getting through the security check with a crossbow might be tricky and for that blasted tunnel beneath the channel the security is almost at an airport-level.
If I manage to find the cash for such an adventure that is.
The idea of having a crossbow even half as beautiful as the ones depicted on your site - I know I'm trailing off but when I visited the Wallace Collection they had that Bavarian Hunting bow out for cleaning and it lay on a table within arms reach. Truly wonderful - is certainly a thrilling one.

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Glennan Carnie




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PostPosted: Wed 14 Dec, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It was a fantastic day. Tod managed to impart an amazing amount of knowledge and skills and, most importantly, confidence.

If you get the chance, get over to Tod's and have a go. But be prepared: knife-making is highly addictive!

Looking forward to the scabbard making day now, Tod! :-)

(And yes, it was as cold as it looked)
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Dec, 2011 7:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those look fantastic, folks! Tod, it's like you're giving away free samples of "crack". Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Dec, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh wow... This sounds fantastic, especially as its only 40 mins drive from me! I will be keeping a very close eye on this. Can't wait! Happy
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Dec, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Every one of those knives look professionally made.
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Dec, 2011 4:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well done, all of you and well done Todd for sharing your knowledge and experience! This is nothing that should be taken for granted.
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PostPosted: Wed 21 Dec, 2011 7:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Now THAT is very cool. You've just upped the ante on by English vacation Tod! Happy I assume that you will be posting details about your courses at your website?
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