I’ve got 2 new ongoing projects–2 very interesting spears (scroll down at the end to find out which ones!), but while waiting for those, I’ve been hard at work completing my goal of 30 full crysknife with sheath sets for the 30th anniversary of Dune’s theatrical release.
One can usually cast 50 pieces from one mold but I’m capping this one at 30, which seems like a strong, round number. As pictured above, you can see that I’ve started deviating from my usual ivory-toned, steel pommel casts. On the upper left is a pure white blade, and you can see I’ve painted the one on the display stand with gold metallic paint, fashioned after child-Alia’s crysknife from the movie. A lot of permutations come to me–like a dragonglass type and a clear type and of course my dream build which is one that lights up like a faint lamp are some. I see them popping up every now and then but mostly I’ll be sticking to the typical build.
Do I get bored doing the same thing all the time? Not at all–and the explanation why is best explained by the Japanese word shokunin. To best understand its meaning watch the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, one of my favourites! Sushi grand master Jiro runs a 3-Michelin Star sushi restaurant, and he got to that level by doing the same thing everyday. Basically the only way to get better at something is to keep doing it. It’s really inspiring material–do watch it!
I’m not claiming to be shokunin. These two sets of knives and sheaths are for Mark and Brian, two of clients, which has admittedly taken me awhile to build. I am just lucky that they have the patience to wait for the build to finish. Weathering and finishing and the final polish is done, and I’m just about to paint the metallic parts.
I realise I just have to keep on making them not only to get better but to build an inventory so I can ship out to clients right away. I can’t keep people waiting with my work! Gomenasai Mark and Brian! *bows head in shame*
Anyway, new projects are two spearheads below. Sky’s spear from Hero: