This is a reply (sort of) to an earlier thread, wondering why they
are doing what they are doing. I'm wondering after this last weekend
why I didn't do this earlier. My daughter's birthday is later this
week, and she sometimes works as a salad chef. Has since high school.
So I bought her a knife. Big Deal, right? I know that she is
particular about the knives she uses, (I'm sure it's a family trait,
I got it from my mother) and decided to make a scabbard. I got the
leather, nice and thick, and wet it and scraped it and shaped it into
a scabbard. My parents used to do leather work when I was young, so
at the time I was just doing what needed to be done. I wanted to
rivet the sides of the scabbard with copper rivets, so I called up
the hardware store and initially I was told by a teenager "We don't
got those." So I called the other store, it was on a Sunday, after
all and people my age usually don't work unless they have to. I
received the same reply to begin with, and then was transferred to an
older gentleman, he said, "Sure we have them, what size did you need,
6 or 8, 1/4 to 1 inch long." I told him i would decide when I came in
and looked at them in person. I knew that the other store had them,
but didn't want to go and look all over for them. I finally got the
rivets, punched holes in the leather, checked the rivets for size,
and they were too long. I cut them down and made sure the burs were
set to go and riveted away. Polished the rivets and totally finished
it up in a couple of hours. Including time at the hardware store.
This was a great project, I made something that used some of my
jewelry skills, some of my life skills, some of my past and created
an artistic, functional present for my little girl. Well, she is
turning 24, but I'll leave that aside. Without Orchid, I probably
wouldn't have read The Complete Metalsmith, or figured out cold
connections, never thought to cut the rivets and make them work, or
really cared about the end of the rivet.
I'm pretty happy that I can use what I know to some good end.
It's sort of like Spiderman, With great power comes great
responsibility, but more like "With great talents and friends, you
can make the best of any situation. If you make a mistake now and
again, throw it in the bin and start over."
Every time you start, you risk failure, but if you don't start, the
endless possibilities die in the womb. I make plenty of mistakes,
always have. Even admit to most of them. Like my Dad says, "Go on
make mistakes. You can't make all of them. There is no way for even
you to do that."
Hope this means something to someone, and that it helps.
Frank A. Finley
Handmade Indian Jewelry