Several years ago during a workshop with Leah Leitson, I saw the tool I must have.  It was a short bladed knife.  Perfect for making controlled cuts.  And the handle was curved for comfort.  I ordered it, but it never showed up.  The maker – Dolan – had gone out of business.

I have yearned for this knife for years.  I have used an exacto, but it just wasn’t the same.  Then I went to NCECA this year.  Dolan is back.  Yeah.  I got my knife a few other tools.

I got to give my new knife a test run this weekend.  I usually cut small items in my hand for control.  I’ve never had a problem with that, until now.  I have a nasty slice on my finger to prove that my Dolan is the sharpest knife in my tool cut.  This didn’t stop me from throwing or assembling, but the band-aid was annoying.

I’m not fretting.  I love the knife.  But need to be more careful.

So what was I making?  I have been thinking about making serving trays for a while, but Nick’s workshop gave me the push to finally do so.  I made 3 small-medium sized trays.  I liked the idea of bisecting them, although realized last night there is a better way to do it so they don’t look like I laid them over a dowel (like I did).  That will be experiment two.

Nonetheless, I am still happy with the initial results.  In particular, I included the touch which I learned from Nick of adding texture suggestive of my normal texture to the bottom of the pot.  I think this is such a nice touch Nick adds to his pots, and shows that he is thinking about every last detail. I love that.


About Claytastic

Health coach. Writer. Teacher. Artist. Living an amazing life with MS. Interested in bringing peace and beauty into people's lives.
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