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sjslack Sep 27 2007 04:54 PM

Anne's Letter Opener
 
So, a few days before EuroCon I embarked upon attempting a new style of dagger, or 'letter opener' that I'd not previously tried. I knew that I wanted to give her a token something, and Cheryl mentioned giving her one or two of my Marks.

I went to my grandfathers place of work so I could use his lathe, bansaw and sander, as well as all the other bits like wax and friction polish - and I took my pyographer with me so I could get everything done there.

This was the outcome.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...k/SANY0053.jpg

And here is a close-up of the detail...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...k/SANY0052.jpg

The dragon was an original design I had someone draw expecially for me and my woodwork projects...and I'm sure you'll all recognise the Harp. ;)

It's made out of Ash (The lighter wood) and Mahogany, (The darker wood). From drawing the plans to having the finished product, it took around 9 or 10 hours to create.

I also added in a few marks anyway...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...k/SANY0051.jpg

So all in all the gift took around 15 hours or so to do.

I gave it to Anne and mentioned it could be ornamental or used as a letter-opener. (Note to self, send Anne a letter and in it ask her if she opened it with said piece. xD) She replied it'd also do very nicely against Vampires. xD (Although I'm not sure how common they are in Ireland. ;))

I was pleased with it. ^^ Any comments on how I could improve?

NOTE: I also need a new Pernese Woodworking Project. ¬.¬ Anyone read RoP recently? xD

Sandi Sep 27 2007 05:13 PM

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That's beautiful, Sara! If you have the materials you could make a series of those with emblems of the different weyrs and crafts. I'm betting they'd be very popular!

Maximillian Sep 27 2007 10:29 PM

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Yes Sara, you are beau...er those are beautifully crafted items... fantastic craftsmanship (craftswomanship? o.O) :confused:

Well done m'lady, very well done.

Sincerely

Maximillian :heart:

Lady Maelin Sep 27 2007 11:43 PM

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Sara, Your letter opener/belt knife...was and is a beatiful piece of art. I am so happy that I was able to see it before you gifted it to Anne. I am sure that it will be a treasured momento of Anne's and her visit to Copenhagen Eurocon.


P.S. Perhaps you should consider a project of making yourself Pern/Dragon bookends...I am sure you are going to need something to help hold up your growing collection!!!

Hans Sep 28 2007 04:49 AM

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What a great idea, Maelin, bookends!

Anyway, the pics are nice but seeing the real thing was even nicer and Anne liked it very much indeed. I was standing next to her when Sara gave it to Anne at the end of the booksigning.

Well done Sara! :good:

Lucidragon Sep 28 2007 12:39 PM

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Great job Sara! :good:
I especially love the :heart: Dragon :heart: design?
I think it's so beautiful I can't imagine how you'd improve on it :think:
If you start making them to sell, put me down for one!

sjslack Sep 28 2007 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Lucidragon (Post 87553)
Great job Sara! :good:
I especially love the :heart: Dragon :heart: design?
I think it's so beautiful I can't imagine how you'd improve on it :think:
If you start making them to sell, put me down for one!

:blush: Thanks.

The dragon design as I've said before is unique. ^^

Oh, if I ever start making them to sell, I want a part-exchange for one of your beautiful pieces. ;) :good:

StevenB Sep 28 2007 01:45 PM

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Great work Sara! :cool: :good: :cool: It was good to see them for real before you gave them to Anne.

mawra Sep 28 2007 05:04 PM

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Very nice Sara

r2005 Sep 28 2007 09:41 PM

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Everything looks incredible, and you have a wonderful talent for it. Sometimes I wish I could draw really well, but then I remember that I have a great talent for music, so I realize that I'm still lucky :)

Lucidragon Sep 29 2007 12:29 AM

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Originally Posted by sjslack (Post 87554)
:blush: Thanks.

The dragon design as I've said before is unique. ^^

Oh, if I ever start making them to sell, I want a part-exchange for one of your beautiful pieces. ;) :good:

You betcha!:bouncy:

Deb Sep 29 2007 09:57 PM

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Wow...those are incredible sara!! To be talented like that ...nicely done!! And may I add my admiration as well, in regards to the dragon design. I have to admit I spent almost 5 minutes admiring that alone, let alone the whole "dagger"!! I too would be more than happy to buy one like that if you chose to make more!! (And perhaps a Beasthealer mark!! If I couldn't ride a dragon, my trade would be/is vet medicine!! :D )

granath Sep 30 2007 02:39 AM

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The dagger is lovely! I'm sure Anne loved it.

StevenB Sep 30 2007 06:38 AM

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Here is a picture of Anne receiving Sara's letter opener:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...pireKiller.jpg
Sara is just off the left side of this picture and Hans is sitting on the desk.

Lady Maelin Sep 30 2007 03:49 PM

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Thank you Steven...I wasn't there at that moment, and I am so glad that you took this photo...to bad someone didn't get a photo of Sara's face while this was happening...wink;) !!!

P.S. Sara, you really got Anne's full attention with your lovely art work:good: :D :good:

StevenB Oct 1 2007 04:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Lady Maelin (Post 87787)
Thank you Steven...I wasn't there at that moment, and I am so glad that you took this photo...to bad someone didn't get a photo of Sara's face while this was happening...wink;) !!!

Thanks Lady M. My feeling too. It would have been great to have taken a picture that included Sara. I was just a bit too close at the time.

P.S. You can see Anne wearing the egyptian-style sash that Annie Scarborough made for her.

Hans Oct 1 2007 09:11 AM

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I seem a bit shaky in that pic :grin:

StevenB Oct 1 2007 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Hans (Post 87846)
I seem a bit shaky in that pic :grin:

No more than Anne :D.

(Technical aside: I used a long exposure because the little flash that's attached to my camera isn't very bright.)

Lady Maelin Oct 2 2007 08:39 PM

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Steven, All in all I am just glad that you were there to take the photo...and I do wish that Sara was in this one with Anne....she and I would both have loved that.
I had wondered about Anne's neck piece, and if it was made for her? Annie did a great job in makeing it for her....it is very lovely. Thank you kindly for telling us where it came from.

sjslack Oct 3 2007 08:09 AM

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I had to all but put my hands behind my back because I was shaking, hoping she liked it...^^;

Although she had mentioned about it being a shame that manual labour in terms of crafts and whatnot was on the rapid decline. (In a reply to a question regarding to the crafthalls on Pern during the GoH interview).

I'm at Uni now, but I will be doing my best to draw up some plans for some more projects I hope to do over the Christmas Break. At the moment, I'm having to teach myself to draw what I see in my head, and I've already got one or two rough sketches sorted out.

@ Lady M - I will be doing bookmarks on your suggestion. ;) I've asked my grandparents for a course in Carving at Christmas. They know one or two carvers who ask about me on a regular basis, so that shouldn't be too hard to do...^^

Kerianth Oct 4 2007 07:02 AM

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I've just spotted this thread ... amazing work, Sara! You are very talented! I love the marks, too. :)

Hans Oct 4 2007 05:51 PM

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There are still marks for sale (if I'm not mistaken).

It was only a limited run, I think Sara said, so any collector should grab their chance!

Deb Oct 5 2007 07:02 AM

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Marks for sale? Where could we view them and get all the info??

sjslack Oct 5 2007 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Hans (Post 88178)
There are still marks for sale (if I'm not mistaken).

It was only a limited run, I think Sara said, so any collector should grab their chance!

Since it was Pern's 40th Anniversary, I did 40 marks, and won't be doing any more. (For the lengthy foreseeable future anyway, and any I do will be varied from the original 40)

I believe I still have 10 or so left, but they're not with me here at University, and I don't go home until December 15th.

I will be making a small website for my woodwork pieces though, which I shall post when I have it done. ^^

Kerianth Oct 5 2007 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by sjslack (Post 88218)
I will be making a small website for my woodwork pieces though, which I shall post when I have it done. ^^

Please do that, Sara! I think there's a bit of interest in your marks already. ;)

Hans Oct 5 2007 11:04 AM

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Deb, go to this thread: http://forums.srellim.org/showthread.php?t=3985 to read more about the marks :good:

Whoa, only 10 left?I thought you still had 30 after Eurocon :eek:

sjslack Oct 5 2007 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Hans (Post 88234)
Deb, go to this thread: http://forums.srellim.org/showthread.php?t=3985 to read more about the marks :good:

Whoa, only 10 left?I thought you still had 30 after Eurocon :eek:

I had 18 after Eurocon, (All Harper Marks...I should've done more StarSmith, everyone seemed to go for those ones. xD) And I gave my friend 5 for her birthday along with her signed book...which means I have 12 left. I'm not bothered about having any, for the simple reason that I made 'em, and that knowledge is enough for me. -Chuckles-

Sandi Oct 5 2007 06:30 PM

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I think you should hold on to a few. In years to come you may regret it if you don't.

Cheryl Oct 5 2007 08:35 PM

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You had 18, gave 5 away, and now have 12 left? :brow:

Sandi Oct 5 2007 08:45 PM

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:lol: Well, one is under the couch cushion, of course!

Deb Oct 5 2007 08:59 PM

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Or is that an example of the new math?? :notme: ;)

P'ter Oct 6 2007 05:22 AM

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Well: she IS reading English (!)

sjslack Oct 6 2007 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Sandi (Post 88292)
:lol: Well, one is under the couch cushion, of course!

Sandi's actually right here...^^; I seem to have lost one in the attic somewhere. It's probably rolled down the back of the wooden panels, which'll make it a so-and-so to try and find.

And P'ter, I'm doing English for a reason...xD I'm absolutely hopeless at math anyway.

P'ter Oct 6 2007 04:43 PM

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Did you find out if Prof Peter Graves is STILL there?

GinnyStar Jul 19 2008 02:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Kerianth (Post 88100)
I've just spotted this thread ... amazing work, Sara! You are very talented! I love the marks, too. :)

I just found it too. Great woodworking. My dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather all work in the lunber yard for my dad. Grandfather, and great-grandfather worked in the sawmill that great-grandfather open. :)

FlameCat Jul 19 2008 02:08 PM

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fantastic letter opener - and i agree with Maelin with the bookends - v. good idea :)

another idea could be to make a firelizard staff (though who knows what you'd do with it, maybe decorational only) with a firelizard sitting on top and its tail curling/spiraling down around it..??

Topaz the Golden Jul 21 2008 03:51 PM

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please let us know when you start your website for you woodcraft.


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