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.