It was, nonetheless, a great time. My main goal is to visit with rarely seen friends, like my brother of a different mother, Ron. Share meals with Lisa and Carroll. Learn from Brian, Steven, Mark, Mitch and others. It may be on the down hill slide but its still better than anything else out there.
|Brian Anderson's traditionally forged weapons|
|John Schippers engraving and restoration|
|Mitch Yates trade silver|
|Giclee prints of David Wright paintings|
|Alec and Matt|
Many of the objects for sale are far too expensive for young persons to purchase although the Gray Hair Mafia was buying unabated. There seems to be a trend to make every day objects, such as knives, artificially precious by having multiple artists of note construct them. The emphasis has moved from utilitarian but historically accurate items to highly elaborate collectibles, never meant to be taken down from the wall. Personally, I think this does nothing to move the art form forward and forces out folks lacking deep pockets, and creating huge collections in only a few hands.