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MAKING A KNIFE FOR A LIVING LEGEND

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JParanee 13-Sep-17
JParanee 13-Sep-17
JParanee 13-Sep-17
JParanee 13-Sep-17
2 bears 13-Sep-17
JParanee 13-Sep-17
Frisky 13-Sep-17
JParanee 13-Sep-17
Herbie 14-Sep-17
Fisher Cat 14-Sep-17
BATMAN 14-Sep-17
RymanCat 14-Sep-17
Frisky 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
Bud B. 14-Sep-17
Homey88 14-Sep-17
abbatoys 14-Sep-17
mgerard 14-Sep-17
JParanee 14-Sep-17
loose arrow 15-Sep-17
Bustacrook 15-Sep-17
bodymanbowyer 15-Sep-17
JParanee 16-Sep-17
JParanee 16-Sep-17
JParanee 16-Sep-17
MStyles 16-Sep-17
Duker 17-Sep-17
JParanee 20-Sep-17
JParanee 20-Sep-17
JParanee 20-Sep-17
JParanee 20-Sep-17
Ron LaClair 21-Sep-17
Frisky 21-Sep-17
From: JParanee
Date: 13-Sep-17

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Growing up in the world of what is today called traditional archery there have been many legends. Ron LaClair is is one of these legends. I have long followed Ron's exploits and as impressed as I am with his many archery skills including trick shooting, accomplished hunter, Bowyer , etc I'm more impressed in how this living legend comes off as a true spokesman and ambassador to the wonderful world of single string archery.

This story starts with a friend of mine Bill Jinks

Bill is an archery buddy that I've never meet but got to know on the various archery forums over the years

A friendship between us has grown over the years and when he asked me about buying a custom machete/Bush Sword I referred him to a maker I know by the name of James Helm of HELM ENTERPISES

James is a past Forged In Fire Champion and an awesome maker and all around good guy :)

Well the rest is history

Bill posted his new blade which turned out to be one of James Bush Swords on some forums and Ron got a view of it and reached out to James to have him do something for him

I called James up and said man that's cool your making a knife for a living archery legend :)

James said he had known the name from Ron's Shrew Bow days and it would be a pleasure

I love seeing two great craftsman and people get together

This is a quick work in progress of what they came up with

But first the living legend Ron LaClair today at 81

From: JParanee
Date: 13-Sep-17

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Growing up in the world of what is today called traditional archery there have been many legends. Ron LaClair is is one of these legends. I have long followed Ron's exploits and as impressed as I am with his many archery skills including trick shooting, accomplished hunter, Bowyer , etc I'm more impressed in how this living legend comes off as a true spokesman and ambassador to the wonderful world of single string archery.

This story starts with a friend of mine Bill Jinks

Bill is an archery buddy that I've never meet but got to know on the various archery forums over the years

A friendship between us has grown over the years and when he asked me about buying a custom machete/Bush Sword I referred him to a maker I know by the name of James Helm of HELM ENTERPISES

James is a past Forged In Fire Champion and an awesome maker and all around good guy :)

Well the rest is history

Bill posted his new blade which turned out to be one of James Bush Swords on some forums and Ron got a view of it and reached out to James to have him do something for him

I called James up and said man that's cool your making a knife for a living archery legend :)

James said he had known the name from Ron's Shrew Bow days and it would be a pleasure

I love seeing two great craftsman and people get together

This is a quick work in progress of what they came up with

But first the living legend Ron LaClair today at 81

From: JParanee
Date: 13-Sep-17

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Back in the day

From: JParanee
Date: 13-Sep-17

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On with the build on what James and Ron came up with

Rons blank is on the left

From: 2 bears
Date: 13-Sep-17




Happy Birthday Ron.I hope you keep the arrows and Hawks flying for many more years.>>>-----> Ken

From: JParanee
Date: 13-Sep-17

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From: Frisky
Date: 13-Sep-17




Well, we all know there's only one living legend and it's not Ron! That said, at least we don't have to see the loincloth photo, lol! Get on with the knife build pics.

Joe

From: JParanee
Date: 13-Sep-17

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More to come

Sorry about the double post

From: Herbie
Date: 14-Sep-17




82 and probably still draws twice the weight that I do...Happy Birthday, Ron!

From: Fisher Cat
Date: 14-Sep-17




Ron is a true class-act who sets the example for the rest of us in every way. I have spoken to him on the phone a couple of times. He was always very helpful, friendly and down to earth. One gets the feeling they have known him a long time, even if you've never met him. My Super Shrew is my favorite longbow (based strictly on performance). Ron really knows quality. - John

From: BATMAN Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Sep-17




RON looks like HE would have been right at home with Jeremiah Johnson! LIVE LONG & PROSPER.

From: RymanCat
Date: 14-Sep-17




Ron looks way better than Jeremiah Johnson.

From: Frisky
Date: 14-Sep-17




To be honest, I wouldn't be caught dead or alive wearing that outfit!

Joe

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17




Frisky you couldn't

The weight alone would bring you to your knees :)

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17

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Roughing in bevels on a grinder

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17

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Finalizing with file

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17

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Ready for heat treat

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17

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Top clip will be sharpened

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17

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In hand

From: Bud B.
Date: 14-Sep-17




Nice!

From: Homey88
Date: 14-Sep-17




Great post Joe!

From: abbatoys
Date: 14-Sep-17




That will turn out nice. Ron is a class act too

From: mgerard Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Sep-17




Does sharpening the top clip make it a double edged stabbing weapon? Would that be legal in Michigan Ron? Is this section applicable?

750.227 Concealed weapons; carrying; penalty.

Sec. 227.

(1) A person shall not carry a dagger, dirk, stiletto, a double- edged nonfolding stabbing instrument of any length, or any other dangerous weapon, except a hunting knife adapted and carried as such, concealed on or about his or her person, or whether concealed or otherwise in any vehicle operated or occupied by the person, except in his or her dwelling house, place of business or on other land possessed by the person.

From: JParanee
Date: 14-Sep-17




Nah :)

From: loose arrow
Date: 15-Sep-17




Jeremiah Johnson is a cheap knock-off of Mr. LaClair.

From: Bustacrook Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 15-Sep-17




Just reading the title of this thread I already knew who the reference was to. Way to go!

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 15-Sep-17




Cool :-):-) JF

From: JParanee
Date: 16-Sep-17

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We gotta back up a second these pics are from earlier on

From: JParanee
Date: 16-Sep-17

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From: JParanee
Date: 16-Sep-17

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From: MStyles
Date: 16-Sep-17




That is some kind of cool!

From: Duker Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 17-Sep-17




GREAT looking knife:::Thanks for the pics.

From: JParanee
Date: 20-Sep-17

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Neoprene foundation, intact paracord underlay, stripped paracord overlay, three- strand Turk's head knot.

From: JParanee
Date: 20-Sep-17

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This is the first pic sorry

From: JParanee
Date: 20-Sep-17

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From: JParanee
Date: 20-Sep-17

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From: Ron LaClair Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 21-Sep-17

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It's almost finished, I'm getting excited.

From: Frisky
Date: 21-Sep-17




It looks like it could easily go toe to toe with my Tramontina, as it's the right size.

Joe





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