Tim is a perfectionist. The soldering on this knife was done so carefully it really looks like one piece of steel. Tim has been recognized for making gorgeous knives, and he works full-time as a plumbing contractor. He wasn't taking orders when I first contacted him. Then, he emailed me that he had a blade laying in a drawer. The guy who ordered the knife just disappeared, and so Tim never finished it. I jumped on the chance to make it mine.
He has never had any of his knives turned into art knives, and he knew that my old friend, Ron Skaggs was going to do work on it. I think that he really tried hard to put a perfect canvas in Ron's hands, and he certainly made a beautiful piece. I wanted a Mammoth on it somewhere, since Woolly Mammoth Ivory is under attack by our politicians. I thought it would be a subtle way of making it clear what the handle material actually was. Ron and I used to work together at Josten's back in the 70's. Josten's is well known for making World's Series and Super Bowl rings. Ron headed up the art department, so he was the one who turned the team's ring ideas into a painting, and finished all art-related functions to make them a reality.
Tim is pretty glad to have Ron working on one of his rings, so it's a great feeling having something done that's a first for him. He is going to make some folders this year, and I should receive the first one that he actually sells. I can't wait to,see what he comes up with.