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Arkansas Custom Knife Show 2013 February 16-17, 2013 - Little Rock, Arkansas

#1 User is offline   Lin Rhea 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:06 AM

Arkansas Custom Knife Show 2013 - February 16-17, 2013


I thought I’d share some of the things we have been doing to help keep momentum going here in Arkansas. I say “momentum” because it takes time, long term time, to “grow” a show. This is not to toot our own horn. It’s just to express appreciation for the ones who work hard and give of their time to promote the Arkansas Custom Knife Show.

The last several days, some of the members of the Arkansas Knife Maker’s Association and friends have participated in several TV and radio spots. On Wednesday morning, about 8-10 makers were at Maumelle in Jerry Petty’s shop to help get some footage for some live segments, but also to record some clips to be aired throughout the week. This started at 5:00 am. From there, Jerry Fisk and JR Cook went to a studio and shot a 30 minute outdoor program with Steve “Wildman” Wilson to be aired at different time slots before the knife show takes place. I met with Cookie, Jerry Fisk, and Kerry Brooks (collector and benefactor of knife making) at a radio studio and we participated in a one hour talk radio program, answering questions and telling the listeners about the upcoming knife show. Several tickets were given to callers along the way.

I had to go to work for a few hours while Jerry and Cookie went to a TV station to shoot some live segments. After that I, along with Alan Hutchinson and Jerry Petty (JP Darlin) formed a panel for a 1 ½ hour call in radio program. We had lots of callers with good questions.

It was a long day. I’m telling you of the things I know about, although there was much more that went on without my knowledge.

I will get Dan Cassidy to help me with some other things that show the backing and support for the show that comes from several directions. Things like different state agencies, TV station, radio stations, individual show hosts, etc. all add to that momentum that I mentioned earlier. The knife show would not be what it is today without such support and exposure. It’s pleasure to see such open support in this current environment fraught with political agendas and fear mongering. I think the ones I mentioned who work so hard and offer their support must also find the same pleasure in it, since they don’t directly profit in any of the cases highlighted.

When you get to the show banquette or to the show itself, look up “Wildman” and shake his hand. David Etchieson spends untold hours on the phone and in his home office preparing show packets and badges as well as many other things. Chuck Ward is always busy in preparation for the show. It’s an ongoing process. Let’s take the time to notice.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:18 AM

This is the article in the "Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter".

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:11 AM

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

One of the reasons why this show does so well is the media coverage it gets. And that happens because of Chuck, David, JP and Lin setting up everything. Print media reaches every town and city in Arkansas that uses the Arkansas Media system, they had it set up to go on the larges radio stations in Arkansas as well as all the major tv stations. Dang ole JR can appear to espouse words of wisdom at times.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

This show is becoming the show to go to, for makers and collectors. This is due to the people like David, Chuck, Lin, Steve Wilson, Jerry Petty, Kerry Brooks, Jerry and J.R., just to mention a few. If you are new to the show or have been there a number of years, do not forget to thank all of these great people for what they do behind the scenes.
We always look forward to it, and seeing everyone. Dang Jerry, "espouse" I am going to have to figure on that one a while.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:33 AM

There was a television interview with Steve Wildman Wilson on Channel 11 about the upcoming Arkansas Custom Knife Show on Arkansas Channel 11. To view the video clip of the interview, Click : Channel 11 Video

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

Dan, You're a saint.

Thank you for all the effort you and Sally have invested in this thread alone. We appreciate it.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:38 AM

You can view photos of some of the outstanding work by our ABS members that will be on the tables at the February 16-17, 2013 show at the Robinson Center in Little Rock on this Facebook page, Click: Arkansas Knifemakers Association Facebook
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

Well I am certainly looking forward to my first table in Little Rock.
Not only will I be able to meet some new customers, but it's a chance to mingle with some makers I have only associated with up to this point by name.
It will also be the first knife show my Mother has attended. She will be sitting at my table so I expect everyone there to be on their best behavior!!! :lol:
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

Karl, that's cool. I would let my mother go but she makes me sit still and quit squriming.

It's a good show. Saturday morning it can get hard to breath with so many people in the room but it clears out better later. It's a doozie of a show for sure.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

The show promotion is the key. When average Joe sees it on tv or hears on the radio; has never saw a custom knife; and he comes to the show.
Thats how new customers are made. You guys done good.
Promotion, promotion,promotion. A lot of guys working behind the scenes.
My mother at a knife show?? she still hopes I will find an honest job before I hit sixty!
Been busy; be glad to see you guys at the show.
Everybody have a safe trip.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:22 PM

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I tracked this down via a link on the Arkansas Knife Makers web page.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

There will definitely be a high density of talent in one spot this weekend. I am looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone who help to make it happen!
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:48 AM

OK.....speaking of the show. Lets see some of the Performance Bowie knives. If you are traveling, and get an opprortunity, please snap a shot of your knife and let us see em. I know most of you have smart phones now. I happen to know that several knives are made and sharpened up for the cut. John Horrigan called me last night. He's talking some stuff already :D . I cant wait to see his knife.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

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Here's the one I'll use.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

The AKA Show is my favorite of all the shows that I go to. Thanks to all who work so hard to put this show on!!

I don't expect to be in town in time to attend the Performance Bowie competition. Good luck to all who participate in the challenge!

Lyn,
That's an awful pretty knife to use for chopping up 2x4s and such!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

As you can see, mine is still in progress but I assembled it here dry to give you an idea. I still need to apply another half dozen coats of finish to the walnut handle and do a final polish & sharpen to the blade.

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:) It's not nearly as pretty as Lin's but should be a decent cutter.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

Our ABS members earned the following awards at the 2013 Arkansas Custom Knife Show. Congratulations!

Best of Show - Ron Newton
Best Pearl - Ron Newton
Best Damascus - John White
Best Fighter - Mike Williams
Best Hunter - Ron Newton
Best Bird and Trout - Ron Newton
Best Art Knife - Ron Newton
Best Camp Knife - Ben Seward
Best Bowie - David Lisch
Best Miniature - Lee Ferguson
Best Performance - Tim Tabor
Best Folder - Jerry McClure
Best Sheath - Kenny Rowe
Best Historically Inspired Knife - Lin Rhea



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

Congratulations to everyone who won an award. It is really nice to see bladesmiths taking home all or most of the awards at these shows.

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