- Nov 14, 2006
Great show this year! One day format is a good thing. It got ridiculously busy mid day.
Notes: "Photos don't do them justice." I agree.
I did not have a chance to shoot the AMAZING integral dagger by JR Cook which tied for best dagger with Andrew Meers. It was WOW!
Nor did I shoot the 'Best Performance Bowie' from John Horrigan. It went away too soon.
I shot Scott Gallagher's dagger and then saw that wonderful rare silk scarf which he wrapped it in... "Wait a minute. Come back here...." So glad I took that moment.
Did I mention how GRATIFIED I was to have found such a great person (family!) to help me on Saturday? Let me describe:
I'm chatting with Buddy Thomason and telling him a REALLY need a helper. He can't. He's assigned to his Bowie Knife book table. I look around the banquet and see a young man with his family in the food line. He looks about 15 or 16. Son of a collector or maker? Hmmmmm.......
I approach them and introduce myself, and then get right to the point: "Young man, I'm looking for an assistant tomorrow to help me write up projects and run knives back and forth. Maybe even take in some money. I am willing to PAY. Would you consider??"
Well. His name is Peyton, and come to find out he is there because he's a young knifemaker and he came to LEARN and talk to table-holders. His mom and Dad are there to support him. He's unavailable. However, the MOM (Misty) wanted to know more. After a briefing she agreed to join me in the morning. (She would give anything I paid her to her son's knifemaking needs, she told me later.)
I could not have found a more pleasant, sharp minded, and hard working assistant. By 2pm the entire family were hanging around and getting me lunch, running knives, and they sustained to the end!
I ended up paying them even more than I stated because they were so beneficial and worthy. SO cool!
Hat's OFF to the Delaney family from Texas. (Misty has said she'd help me again next year.) She also helped me with photo projects holding mirrors, etc. Now she knows. I'd better watch my back...