In 2018 I asked Jud to make me the finest neck knife in the world. He did! (Please see my blog post from October 9th, 2018).
I had met Andy Ruffner at the CLA Show that year and was impressed with his fine porcupine quill work and his mastery of brain tanning deer hides and use of natural dyes in all his work. Here was the man who's talent was equal to the task of making the world's finest neck sheath for the finest neck knife!
The completed sheath is breathtaking in its detail and authenticity, shown here for the first time! And Lally House, herself, bestowed the highest praise that could ever be given for a project of this magnitude when she exclaimed her admiration and approval!
Andy and I agreed to enter the knife and sheath in the President's Display at this year's show. We didn't win first place but the knife and sheath were praised and appreciated by all who saw them!
Andy's wife kindly prepared and presented to me a beautiful book documenting the fabrication of every aspect and detail of the making of the sheath and the preparation, dying and attaching of the quills.