Every person in this world has some things they are really good at and some things that they are not.
I have learned that I am good at metal work, and decent at wood working.
I have also learned that I am terrible at leatherwork, and nearly as bad at photography. Unfortunately, both of those things are needed to compliment, and ultimately sell the items that I make that I am good at.
Luckily, I have found a few people that are good at the things that I am not.
I have a guy that I work with at my day job that does excellent leather work and has made a few sheathes for me. Hopefully when he gets time he will make more.
I have two fellas that I work with that are photographers with nice cameras and a talented eye to match.
One such fella is Jason Williams (known as JD). He has taken a few product photos for me and filmed the outstanding YouTube video that we posted.
Unfortunately (but understandably) he moved away from the coast to the mountains. That puts him out of commuting range for product videos or photos.
Another friend though, Nathan Ramsey, has begun the journey to be a photographer. He came by the shop today because he wanted to practice some “action type” photography while I was working. It worked out because I was working on a bill hook knife for a custom order. I like making farm and homestead tools as much a I like making anything else.
Here are a few of his photos that he sent to me. Keep in mind, he went home and altered some of them with his editing software to learn and experiment.
He also did a silly “movie trailer” with some photos. The video quality isn’t the greatest, he said that he did this one on an app on his phone. Despite the video clarity, its still pretty good.
He took one of my knives on a road trip a couple of weeks ago to take some great photos.
I am very fortunate for my wonderful customers, especially the great folks looking for a custom order. I am also very lucky to have friends that are capable enough with others skills to help me complete those orders in the very best way I can.
Thank God for good friends and for both our strengths AND our weaknesses.
We hope that you all have a wonderful week!