Kestrel Web Catalog Update Autumn 2013
I am still adding a texture to the gripping area of the finished adzes I have been sending out. It's a "no extra charge" bonus. I also have been rough-shaping one side of the adze haft blanks. It serves as a model for making your haft into a very sweet tool. Also I have new adze literature: twelve well illustrated pages will help guide you through making and safely using your adze. D-adze information is included too. This info comes with adze, adze iron, or adze kit. The new adze sheets also are available as a PDF so you can download and print them from home – and you can do that even if you don't buy a thing. My new crooked knife booklet is also 12 pages. It has care, use, and sharpening instructions and is well illustrated with photos and drawings. This publication is also available as a PDF. I would appreciate your telling me if you already have the literature so I don't send you copies with your next 5 orders (we've probably killed enough trees already). New booklets also include a new publication on finishing your work, revised working with wet wood, and info on curing your carving. Also available is an Abbreviated History of The Northwest Coast. All of this information and more comes with the info packet. The info packet and DVD is on special at $24, such a deal! Refer to the literature page.
I guess I need to add a little information for those of you who are new to Kestrel. I have been at this for over 35 years, it has been great but a few years ago now I simplified the way I run the business. I no longer take rush orders. Inquire via the web if you need something right away, I might, by some miracle, have the item in stock. At least I'll be able to give you a delivery estimate. I am also no longer taking Visa or Master. Check the order page for details. Thank you so much for being so understanding I am over 70, my life is full and fun and I am trying to fit it all in including your desire for high quality handmade tools!
The other morning I went out to the shop to fill orderers; I hadn't worked on tools for a few days, summer is just so darn busy. I found myself whistling as I set out the work. It caused me to reflect on what was making me happy and I realized I really like what I do. I love to make things. It satisfies me to see these creations emerge from my hands and it's a little like magic. At my age I am making the best tools ever. I am not much interested in sacrificing quality, I never was good at that. I keep revising my methods, adding new machines and processes and adding value to the work. These tools are pricey but because of that and my regard for struggling artists I have always offered the components. If you can afford it buy one tool made up to use as an example and blades for the others. I sell a lot of blades with good literature to help you save bucks and still have the best.
I hope you are leading a good life as well. I wish you health and fun, a life with love, family, adventure, and art.
I just had to include these, they all came in within the past 2-3 months.
Hello Gregg; I have been carving for years and using your tools for the last 20 years or so. Kestrel tools has become such an integral part of my carving experience, I pick them up every time I carve.
I just wanted you to know, the package arrived today. I of course opened them immediately. The steels are beautiful, and oh so sharp, I even nicked myself just holding the crooked knife blade, (I couldn't be more pleased at that, as too often "ready to use sharp tools" need a lot of work). Thank you so much for a perfect, and instantly useable edge... Now I need to get my chisels this sharp. I will be ordering more soon.
Hi just a note to mention I received the knife, words cannot describe the quality that has been put into this tool, and yes it does shave, so far just wood, again I say thank you, I am sure you don't need feedback... but in case a customer has questions, just ask me, as in all things in life, you get what you pay for.
I received your beautiful baby gutter adze yesterday and have just spent an hour with it, making more progress on a fresh green log than I would have in a whole day with any other tool. This phenomenon makes the difference between doing sculpture and NOT doing it at all. As you've said, its so well balanced and elegant to use that I haven't even broke a sweat. It's been an amazing, inspiring, perfect and transcendent morning! I am prepared to pass this tool down to my grandchildren as a gateway to art that feeds one's soul.
Thank you for sharing your experience and understanding with so many people. I promise there will be great sculpture coming from your adze in my appreciative hands for many years.
—Thank You, Mason
Wowser folks, thank you for your comments and confidence!
Gregg's Rant 2013 – read at your peril
Hey folks I don't know about you but I am pretty tired of constant war. What is it now twelve years or so ? Are we better off? is the Moslem world better off? Seems to me it keeps getting worse instead of better. Watched a video of a young man and a young woman in a dark room sitting in front of consoles with large screens following a truck down a road in Pakistan, eventually they targeted the truck and all hell came out of the sky to obliterate the truck and its occupants. Then they left the room for a coffee break.
We make enemies way faster than we can kill them. When someone with actual morals comes by and exposes us for the war crimes we perpetrate we arrest them lock them up and they may never again be free. I've really had it for “Mr. Hope,” Obama. I am up to here with Americans living in fear and as a result supporting the Patriot Act. Real patriots right now would stand up to an immoral government. Who gains by all of this? Well the big money of course, our wonderful free market system where the corporations bribe the congress to gain their support and a line to our money and then sell us every new death ray gizmo they can dream up. We blow up people with the toys they make so we have to buy more of them. What a gravy train for the merchants of death.
I think our country is headed towards Fascism. According to Wikipedia, Fascism is defined as "Hostile to liberal democracy, socialism, and communism, fascist movements share certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultra nationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation"
Here are some more characteristics as defined by Dr. Lawrence Britt in “Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism”:
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes...The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism.
OK so where do You think our country is headed? Is this what you imagined or wanted for the USA? We are in deep doo doo folks. Osama Bin Laden's plan has cost us the moral high ground, has cost us thousands upon thousands of American lives, and has cost us trillions of dollars. Who could imagine such a simple plan would so un-hinge us? In my mind exposing our government's illegal activities is an act of patriotism, Snowden and Manning should go free and the USA should clean up its act.
I believe If we were to set an example for the world of a truly moral society who cares for its citizens and our Earth Mother, If we valued love, fun and life over consumer products the accumulation of stuff and killing folks, other societies would be more likely to honor and emulate us than want to murder us. I don't see how we can ever kill our way to safety or into being loved.
Our wonderful corporate world has us hooked on vampire movies, caffeinated pop and Round-Up coated corn chips; I guess in the end we will get what we deserve. What a shame to miss the feast of fun and plenty that modern society really could be.
OK now I apologize for laying that on you. My answer to all of that is to attempt to make good choices, try to consume less, work less, choose a life affirming life style. Learn a foreign language, make art and music. Share your love, care for your children. Be generous and kind to those whose life has been hard. Honor and respect your families and friends and be an advocate for peace.
I am a very imperfect person, but, I do strive to be human. I know many of you personally, I am proud to have you all for friends.