Archive for August, 2010

Originally posted on Blogger on July 28, 2009

Dreams are children of the mind. Far too often, they are abandoned at the doorstep of the world. We are sometimes given the impression that we have no other choice but to wrap them up in a blanket of doubt and leave them behind, hoping we’ll see them again someday. Fulfilling what we believe to be our purpose, we soon find ourselves wondering if, perhaps, one day we’ll see our dream in passing as we go through our daily routines.

As the days melt like wax, forming months, years and decades, we gradually lose hope on ever seeing the dream child again. After awhile, we begin to wonder about what became of it. Did it survive beyond the day we left it or did it die just beyond the cold entrance of reality–never having a chance to experience the light of manifestation? We cloak our guilt in denial as we convince ourselves that we had no choice but to surrender our dream. However, when we finally see it buried in the crowded forgotten grave, created by our dutiful obligations, there is no denying the result of our actions. No matter how hard we try to rationalize it by whatever the reason may have been–whether heading off to war, pursuing a new career, or trying to please family, friends or lovers–the result remains unchangeable. Our dream has died and a part of ourselves has died with it.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that some things are just too precious to sacrifice if you can help it. That’s why I refused to abandon my brainchild. I chose to avoid a lifetime of regret in exchange for many days of hard work, happiness, growth and wondrous amazement. I came to realize that, chances are, no one will ever care and nurture a dream in quite the same way as its creator. It is up to the creator, the dreamer, to ensure that their dream has the best chance of survival. I am often puzzled by the fact dreamers are so frequently ignored, rejected or misunderstood. Sometimes, it seems there is very little room for such people in a world obsessed with answers, logic and control. This may be due, in part, to the fact that dreams have a tendency to be abstract and incomprehensible–qualities many people find frightening. However, if one were to look around and observe the universe, it will become blatantly obvious that it in itself is filled with elements just as inexplicable as dreams. Like the universe, our dreams have infinite potential–we only need to explore them to the best of our ability.

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I’m passionate about using using my creativity to inspire others while creating something remarkable in the process. Luckily, so is my husband, Max. Though we have a common desire to embrace our imagination, we use different mediums. I express myself through words, sketches and paintings while Max creates unique, yet functional products out of wood and metal. In this post are a few of my favorite pieces he has made–two of which were made just for me. 😉 

Kitchen Knife: 

This is my favorite kitchen knife. I have a kitchen full of cutlery, but this is the one I use most often. The blade is made from ATS-34, a famous Japanese stainless steel which was hardened by Paul Bos (of Buck Knives) to 60 HRC, arguably known to be among the best for kitchen cutlery. The handle is made from African ebony wood and Australian eucalyptus burl wood, which Max hand polished to a mirror finish. This knife is so strong, it can hold hair-splitting edge for up to 2 months of rigorous everyday use. 


Pendant and Earring Set: 

It took Max about a month to make this pendant and earring set. The design (inspired by a drawing he had seen) was cut through a 14k gold plate. He used jeweler saws that were thinner than a human hair (they’re so fragile I don’t think he breathed while using them, lol). Max began each cut by meticulously drilling holes using  a hand drill with a bit smaller than the point of a gel pen. The end result is amazing! I like the set so much, I rarely wear it (I don’t want anything to happen to it). I’ve had it for over two years and it’s still in great condition. 



Last, but not least, is Max’s most recent project–a small Damascus knife made from Chad Nichols (USA) stainless Damascus steel, hardened by Paul Bos (of Buck Knives) to 58HRC. Handle is made of bronze and ancient kauri (50,000 year old wood). This knife is so sharp, it can cut 28-page magazine in one easy swipe.

Max is always working on something new, so you can expect me to share more of his work in the future. Feel free to comment on the pieces I’ve shared so far.

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