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Categories --> Maker --> Loerchner, Wolfgang

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Originally from Germany, I moved to Canada in 1967 ... graduated in 1975 as an Architectural Technologist from Conestoga College in Waterloo, Ontario. I currently work at the Bruce Nuclear Power Development as a Nuclear Technician ... and dabbled with painting and woodworking before pursuing knifemaking.

The beginnings were somewhat humble, actually. When I started knifemaking seventeen years ago, I didn't even know where to buy the steel for blades, so I converted some old files into knives. Ever since then, knifemaking has grown into an all-consuming passion for me. Its easily my favorite form of artistic expression.

It is my belief that the art knife offers the widest possible freedom of design, and this has become my field of expertise. The "using" knife, in contrast, imposes a great many more restrictions if it is to be truly practical. Some of my most creative and expressive designs are those where it is difficult to define where the art ends and the knife begins.

Despite this, it must still function well for its intended purpose. I frequently design knives of integral construction, which permits a smooth, uninterrupted flow from blade to handle. Since all of my work is accomplished entirely by hand filing and polishing, I am able to produce the finely-sculpted lines and intricate detail that I find so enjoyable. In many ways, the feel of the knife is as important as the appearance. It must achieve balance which essentially means that when you hold it, it feels right.

To me, the best knives are sculptures in steel that one takes pleasure in holding and only reluctantly puts back down. Most of my work is "one of a kind" and I don't make pattern knives. This provides my collectors with a truly unique work of art. I have created many knives in collaboration with some of the finest artisans in engraving and scrimshaw; these works are always designed to compliment the chosen theme as well as the individual skills of the contributing artists.

It is my fervent hope that knifemaking will find it's rightful place among the more mainstream forms of artistic expression, and I will always strive to contribute towards my goal .... to raise awareness of the art of knifemaking and along the way, originate some truly unique pieces.

Awards

  • 1998 - W.W. Cronk Memorial Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1998 - Finest Art Knife - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New York
  • 1998 - Best Period Knife - Metal Werks Exhibition, Seattle, Washington
  • 1998 - The F.E. Anglade Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Orlando, Florida
  • 1996 - Finest Art Knife - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New York
  • 1996 - Best Art Knife - Canadian Knifemakers Guild Show, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1994 - Best of Show - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New Jersey
  • 1994 - Art Collaboration Award - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New Jersey
  • 1993 - Best Of Show - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New Jersey
  • 1993 - Judges Award - Wolverine Knife Club Show, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1992 - The Wooden Sword Award For Innovative Design Knives
  • 1992 - W.W. Cronk Memorial Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Orlando Florida
  • 1991 - Art Collaboration Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Orlando Florida, 1991
  • 1991 - Beretta USA Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Orlando, Florida, 1991
  • 1991 - Art Collaboration Award - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New Jersey, 1991
  • 1990 - W.W. Cronk Memorial Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Orlando, Florida
  • 1990 - Art Collaboration Award - West Coast Custom Knife Show, San Francisco, California
  • 1990 - Best of Show - East Coast Custom Knife Show, New Jersey
  • 1990 - Best High Art Knife - West Coast Custom Knife Show, San Francisco, California
  • 1989 - Art Collaboration Award - Knifemakers Guild Show, Orlando, Florida

Affiliations

  • Member of the Knifemakers Guild since 1988
  • Past-President and Co-Founder of the Canadian Knifemakers Guild
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