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Danger on the Open Sea
work by Steve Dunn

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 Published in: 2015 Archives

The boat creaks as the wind fills the sail, pulling it farther out to sea. A sailor swallows hard as he takes a last look back at land. He steels his nerves and turns to face the open ocean.

There was a time when the ocean was feared by many and sailed by few. Monsters lurked beyond the shallows, hidden in the darkness under the waves. Many parts of the ocean were unmapped, so there was the fear that if a ship sailed too far, it could reach the edge of the world and fall off.

Professional hand engraver and GRSTC instructor Steve Dunn recently shared a work-in-progress with us. The spirit of high adventure offered by the unknown of the ocean is embodied in his knife design. A small Viking ship flees from the teeth and tentacles of a giant monster, but finds itself headed straight into a stormy sea of scrollwork.

Gold inlay adds color to the handle, emphasizing important elements and drawing the eye through the design. The inlay in the scrollwork isn't shaded yet, but it is clean and flows through the piece. A larger area of inlay indicates that there might be another peril waiting for the travelers within the storm.

This is only one side of the knife handle, so there could still be other dangers lurking in the wild waters of Steve Dunn's design. Anything could exist out in the open sea, but we can't wait to see the finished knife. Thanks for sharing, Steve!


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