Friday, April 17, 2015

Only The Good...

New sticker will be ready for Blade.


Life has been off the hook busy with all good things! We started a new company: "Terzuola Tactical." I have been busy designing all sorts of goodies that we will have ready at our Blade Show booth #1046 in June. I'll be posting some of these as we get closer. It's exciting! Many vendors to deal with, such as waterjet cutters, CnC machines, laser etching, and many other talented makers. In fact I realize I live in a world of makers. People who use machines, or their hands to earn a living. It's the best world for me.
Young Walter when his tail was coming in.

I had to share a recent loss with you. I have posted so many photos of my chickens over the years. I started raising the Swedish Flower breed just over 3 years ago. They are excellent layers, and come in a variety of colors. I have about 12 of them. We kept one rooster, and called him Walter.  When we had the Merek's disaster due to ordering other non inoculated birds from Wingshadows Hacienda, none of the Swedish were affected because they had been inoculated. However Walter went blind in one eye.
More young Walter...he would get to be 2 1/2 ft. tall

Roosters can be very difficult. I am sure you have heard stories of them attacking people. Here is the rooster "theory of mind." They want two things: to mate with the hens, and keep all other suiters or roosters away from their women.  My practice has been to bring hand held food with me when I let the birds out every morning. This way even the roosters associate me with food.  There have been a few roosters that saw me as a threat no matter what. But Walter never.
Favorite all time picture. What are these hens saying?!

Last night I found him slumped over in the yard. He'd made his transition to the big hen house somewhere. Roosters don't live as long as hens. Their hearts beat faster. They are basically in fight or flight mode for their entire lives. Walter had about 20 hens in his flock. He made sure all their eggs were fertile. :-) They say only the good die young. He was that. When I go out to feed and water the flock this morning, his crow will be missed. There will be a shake up in the flock. I keep my 2 banty roosters in a smaller coop. We'll see if one of those boys decides to move in with the "big girls."

Walter, I will miss you and your gentle manner with me and your hens. You were not only beautiful, but a great flock master. Thanks for all the joy you brought to us.  I can still see you running to me from across the yard. Long tail feathers bouncing up and down as you ran.  I have several drawings of this photo. This summer I will make an edition of prints of this wonderful moment I captured on film. You will always be in our hearts.


Each day is a gift, open now.


xo,
Suz






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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Must Love Cookies

Sam was given these beautiful handmade skull cookies for Valentines Day.  I can personally say they were delicious!  Thanks to Joan!


Each day is a gift, open now.


xo Suz







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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ninja Bones



Sam was so excited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony today at Ninja Park in Albuquerque.
Josh Kronberg and Garrett Takach built the obstacles themselves. Josh is a 4  time America Ninja Warrior contestant, and tester for the Ninja Warrior Show final competition course.  Ninja Park has something for everyone of all ages. Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/ninjaparkabq.  Josh, Garrett, and Jessica are marvelous athletes!!
Josh and Garret cut the ribbon.



Here are some links to Josh's American Ninja Warrior experience:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7dkKWPf1Gc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEvJUGdYXP4
What has impressed Bob and me the most, is that each time Josh has been on the show and not made it to #1, he's been inspired to learn from his experience. His determination and resilience give us the courage to try again in our own lives.


When we left today,  the kids ages 5-8 were participating in  an obstacle course designed for their age. All through the day today there are different age categories competing, and this evening the adults have their hard core competition. We  couldn't stay all day, but wanted to.  And for families who have kids, this is a family venue.  Josh's wife, kids, and family as well as Garrett's family were all there helping out.  It took a lot of heart and hard work to bring this vision to completion.  We were thrilled to be there and see it all, and see the excitement of the participants.

Their address is 2420 Comanche. Just off I25. 505-883-9203.

Best to all of you at Ninja Park. Thanks for having Sam!  She wants to come back and try some of the other obstacles.


Each day is a gift-open now!
xo, Suz....and Sam





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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Double Skeleton Love

Sam and Sam2 are up in the studio posing, and will be out in the hood this weekend at a ninja gym.
copyright 2015 polkadot magpie

Sam also has an Instagram  account: sam_the_skeleton! 

Each day is a gift, open now.
xo
Suz




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Friday, January 30, 2015

Terzuola Cecchini CT-3 Knife Collaboration

We came home from the SHOT show in Las Vegas last Sunday. CRKT produced Bob's 70th birthday knife. Our first piece with them, the BT-70.  We spent lots of time at their booth.  Then there was the TKI (Tactical Knife Invitational) on Saturday night. It was a busy week for this knife wife.


We flew home on Sunday with Gus Cecchini of GTC knives so that he and Bob could finish their collaboration. This is their 3rd collaboration. Gus did some CnC work at his shop in Brazil. Shipped parts and carried parts to New Mexico.  I left them alone during the day so they could work. Bob made Gus breakfast and lunch daily.  Gus IS the only knife maker and designer that my husband really admires. They work together really well. Listening to old cowboy songs on Pandora as they profile and grind and assemble. 

We did go out a few times and one day it was warm enough for me to put the top down in my car for a chilly ride home from the bank!  We got to see the movie "American Sniper" together. Great film.

The last night Gus was here I made a typical American turkey dinner. We invited Lucas Burnley, and Richard Rogers. Sitting at the table, and listening to them talk about their work, the knife biz, and their plans for the future. I told them all this when we were together. They are the next generation of Terzuola, Lake, and Walker. Innovation, design, and dedication to their craft is their world. Each coming to it with their own personalities and style. Sitting at a table with that much talent is a lesson in humility. 
Terzuola, Cecchini, Burnley, and Rogers in Bob's shop.

I asked them to point their blades together. Silly picture!



Each knife was marked with CECCHINI/TERZUOLA CT-3.  All have sold. They are truly beautiful. Gus designed a new flipper mechanism that is like a trigger lever, so there isn't the ugly hook that most flippers have. This gives a flipper knife grace and balance. 

Terzuola and Cecchini 2015 CT-3
Bye for now Gus. We hope to have you back soon. Bob loves working together, and the work shows it!


Each day is a gift, open now.
xo
Suz








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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hey 2015 !!!!



Sam and Sam 2 want to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015.  We've been away for much of 2014. Life has ways of interrupting a knife wife's blog.  Like the knife maker having back fusion surgery. Which I am happy to say went better than expected, and Bob is not in constant pain anymore. He's healing nicely, and is back on his feet for about 4 hours per day.

I am working on the SAM book, and hope to have it finished soon. Sam will be traveling to Barcelona this summer. I have been given an artist residency there. We are both so excited to spend summer on the beach just outside of Barcelona. My dream of living near the ocean has come true. I never expected the Mediterranean!  Of course there will be lots of printmaking involved.

At the moment I am etching copper handles for a knife of Bob's for the Tactical Knife Invitational-in Las Vegas. We love working in the shop together. Truly a match made in making things together.
I have been having difficulties with my computer. As soon as I get a healthy backup I'll be shooting more and posting Sam pictures daily.

Each day is a gift, open now.
xo
Suz







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Friday, November 14, 2014

Where Skeletons Get Their Hot Eyewear


This post is a long overdue. In Santa Fe New Mexico Sam visited the coolest shop: "Ojo Optique."  The only place in the state that sells awesome eyeglasses. The men who work there are so helpful, professional, and a riot to be around.  There are so many great frames, that it is hard to decide. Really!
Adam, Sam, and brother Jed

So many to choose from, and this is only a fraction of their collection.

If you're a "glassaholic" like I am...then run, don't walk to Ojo: 125 Lincoln, Santa Fe New Mexico.

http://www.ojooptique.com/


Each day is a gift, open now!

xo
Suz