Artist: William Priest

William Priest
Maple Rapids, MI
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Although, having been a maker of knives for over forty years, it was not until my retirement three years ago that I became a full time maker. Being an industrial welder for 30 years and college welding instructor 10 years, exposed me to various tool and die steels, their respective heat treatment requirements, and obvious superiority for cutting tasks. I started producing knives out of these steels and soon was asked to make them for friends. Couple that with a love for hunting and a passion began to marry antler and steel to produce knives. Add to that a desire to create something unique and the carving and leather work helped to make one of a kind pieces. My decision to sell my wares in a gallery venue stems from the idea that many poor fellows who may fish, hunt ,ride motorcycle, or tend to be of the more masculine traits, often visit art galleries with indifference, often following their mates in exchange for a trip to the sporting goods store. So to you, I make my knives. To wear with pride to your favorite northern hunting camp, when on that favorite trout stream, or simply displayed on that glowing fireplace mantel. A little different, hopefully conversational to break the ice with new found friends, or given to the special person in your life Thanks, Bill Priest
Media: Metal , Antler , Mixed Media
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