I’m posting this picture without prior permission because I really think it deserves being shared. Donnie Carter was at the recent Trackrock Hammer In (check it out on the iKnifeCollector site) and got the opportunity to turn a railroad spike into a hatchet. Pretty cool.
Some of you are aware that Donnie started building knives just a year or so ago and has really come a long way in a short time. He’s been selling some knives and I hope some day he’ll share the details of his education. A lot of it has been ‘home study’ but I also know he’s had the advantage of learning at the side of some of the best in the custom knife business.
I bring this up because I think it’s a great example of someone that let an interest turn into something more. Not just an interest in collecting and enjoying fine cutlery, but a desire to learn how to make it as well. Donnie’s never afraid to try something different and is truly interested in the whole process be it forging the steel, stabilizing handle material or actually building a knife.
Too often we’ll take on a craft or hobby, be it woodworking, carving, etc and get frustrated after our first few projects turn out less than perfect. It takes time, determination and a sincere love of what you’re doing to move beyond ‘pretty good’. And if you never get beyond ‘pretty good’ that’s okay too if you enjoy what your doing. If you play golf you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I think what Donnie’s doing should serve as an inspiration to us to follow an occasional dream or idea and give new things a try. In the meantime, it’s always fun to see what he’s up to!!! If any of you are working on a ‘new’ project, let me know!!!