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June 2, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:41 am

Good morning readers.

It’s a beautiful day here in Va. Beach. I’m off this afternoon to help my friend Gayle shoot another wedding. This will be the third that we’ve done together. She has many years of experience and is fun to watch while she works.  I learn something new every time I work with her.

Jannette Heffernen posted a link over on the forum to a great little video she put up over on YouTube of Peter Goodwin talking about his leather paring knives. It is part of the full leather binding video that she is currently working on. I can’t wait for it to be released.

When I first found out about the unique knives Peter uses for paring leather I was really intrigued by the idea of using them so I went out to a local antique mall and found a couple of nice old knives to try. I brought them home and they sharpened up really well. I tried a bit of paring on different leathers and was amazed at how well they worked. Of course I had to buy a bunch more from Ebay to have them on hand for my students. If you’re interested in paring leather have a look around when you’re out antiquing. You shouldn’t have to pay too much for them unless they are of the sterling silver or the pearl handled variety. I paid $6.00 each for these two but you can find them cheaper. They also make great general use knives in the bindery.

Here’s a photo of the two I got locally. They are approx. 8.5″ long and I’m not sure if the the handles are made out of Bakelite or Celluloid. They have an ivory look to them but I’m leaning towards Bakelite.

Victorian dinner knives

I hope everyone has a great day.

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