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    Waelcyrie - Work in Progress.

    'Waelcyrie South' & 'Waelcyrie North'

    It's that time of the year again for another unusual work in progress. This one is in leatherwork because is it a collaboration and my part is the handles and sheathes.

    Because I like to do new things, I am taking a break from folders and doing a pair of daggers instead.

    For those of you who are interested in where the start of stuff comes from, this is for you. Everyone else can skip to the pictures!

    The inspiration for 'Waelcyrie South' and 'Waelcyrie North' came from one of my favourite poems, Darraoarljoo, where the Valkyrie anticipate the fall of the Irish Brian Boru to the Vikings in 1014...and in particular the first and last verses.

    Blood rains from cloudy web
    On the broad loom of slaughter.
    The web of man grey as armour
    Is now being woven; the Valkyries
    Will cross it with a crimson weft.


    ...And then they tore the woven
    cloth from the loom and
    ripped it to pieces, each
    keeping the shred she held in
    her hands...The women
    mounted their horses and rode
    away, six to the south and six
    to the north.


    Ok, enough of such stuff! These are going to be daggers strapped into soft glove leather corsets with seraphinite (Angelwing) stones on the pommels.

    Here are some drawings from my sketch book.



    I've started doing some rough models...trying out ideas and seeing if bits will work together. There is a turned wooden structure onto which everything fits.




    ...and then, this week, the beautiful blades arrive! This is the first collaborative project that I have done so I'm rather nervous but I have wanted to do a joint project with my friend Guy Stainthorp* for years...he makes such lovely knives and so very different to mine.



    The first thing was to mask off the surface and register where all the grind transitions were so that I could start checking the design would work on the actual blades. Such neat grinding! I photocopy them, too, so that I can draw on exact paper replicas.



    The next job is to turn the timber support handles and the sheathes. I'm hoping to do that on Tuesday...I've already had one go but that resulted in an shower of timber fragments and some rather startled nearby students!






    *http://stainthorpknives.co.uk/
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    Well this is just ridiculously cool Grace! You do some of the most creative stuff.

    I'm glued to this thread.

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    I can't wait for more!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by P. McKinley View Post
    Well this is just ridiculously cool Grace! You do some of the most creative stuff.

    I'm glued to this thread.



    I can't wait to see the finished product!
    It's called PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken!

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    Beautifully artistic work.

    Am I the only one who sees a clitoris on the handle?

    I had a compass, but without a map, it's just a cool toy to show you where oceans and ice are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter View Post

    Am I the only one who sees a clitoris on the handle?

    It still needs playing with (snigger) - I might decide it's too brazen when I make the final piece...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter View Post
    Beautifully artistic work.

    Am I the only one who sees a clitoris on the handle?

    No, I saw it too, that's the main reason i wanted to see the finished product.
    It's called PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken!

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    That is so cool Grace... The leather work is beautiful.. Can't wait to see the finished product....
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    That looks great!

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    Grace, I am probably one of your oldest admirers---and that admiration continues to increase constantly.

    P.S.---I also admire your creations!

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    Oh, Sandy! I was telling Miranda that I suspected that I was pushing my leather working skills to their limits on this one. With the wisdom of a 12 yr old, she said...

    "...I don't think that your imagination will accept that as an excuse for failure..."

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    Quite sordid! I lust it!

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    Grace that is one sexy design i cant wait to see the whole thing done
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    As a long time admirer of both knives and corsets, I have to say that this is an incredibly cool collaboration!




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