Ginton Forge’s first ever screen accurate prop reproduction, the Lynch Dune Fremen Crysknife with Sheath has won one of six Gold Medals in the Instructable’s 2014 Makerlympics! Here’s the description of the contest:
2014 is the year of the winter quadrennial international sporting event series that rhymes with Shmalympics. (It’s trademarked.) Now that Instructables is available in 5 more languages (now with more Brazilian Portuguese!), we figured we could throw our own version of the aforementioned quadrennial sporting event.
Enter the Makerlympics! It’s a catch-all contest with prizes going to the judges’ favorite entries within each category: Food, Living, Workshop, Tech, Play, and Outside. Grand Prize winners in each category will win a sweet wi-fi camera to help document another year’s worth of DIY projects. Runners-up will all receive an Instructables prize pack.
After sharing the build process in an Instructable (more details in this post) I entered the Makerlympics with little expectations to win–there are just too many talented people in the website who have entered the contest. Thankfully, the Crysknife project made it as a finalist among 562 entries, and by Tuesday it was announced that it won a Gold in the “Play” Category, one of the six categories
As a Gold Medalist, Ginton Forge will be receiving a good load of prizes, but the favourite among the bundle I’m getting is an official Instructables robot t-shirt! Also, I’m particularly proud of receiving an Achievement Patch for Ginton Forge’s Instructables profile. I didn’t think about awards and recognition when I started out with learning and creating the crysknife a year ago–I just wanted to create the perfect fan item in my head. But receiving this award is dan incredible morale boost for me and my craft. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Instructables!
Also, I definitely couldn’t have won this without the support of friends and family, with particular mention of Jedi Master Gregg Yan, who did the first paint job on the knife (it made for brilliant photographs!). He deserves this award as much as I do and I consider him one of my mentors as a craftsman (though he will be too humble to admit it). I also thank Mark Bennett of Dune Info for giving me his valuable insight and guidance as (imho) the world’s best Dune chronicler and aficionado (I’d say expert but he’s too humble for that, too!) since I started out with the project many many months ago.
I’ll be doing something nice for the people in Instructables to show my profuse appreciation for their kind support of an obscure noob like me. I’ve decided to raffle the first light-up version of the crysknife in the website when I’ve finished crafting it, which I’m naming “Muad’Dib’s Maker Lamp”. Please keep tuned in for details!
Thrilled, grateful and humbled by the all the blessings and generosity of this world,