Meet Carl of Dede Knives
Home is Boulder, Utah, a tiny town in canyon country surrounded by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: 2.1 million acres.
What do you make?
I make kitchen and sporting knives out of re-purposed hi-carbon sawmill blades I've collected from Montana sawmills. I've been a full-time knifemaker for 35 years.
Where do you create?
My workshop is at home in the garage on our 20 acres.
What else have you done, other than being an artist?
Besides knifemaking, I've been a sawyer, a mechanic, and I'm a pretty fair jazz guitarist.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by sharp hi-carbon knives with beautiful hardwood handles (and the good food they help create.) Using fine tools is a joy!
What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
I can't really think of anything hard about being an artist....it seems like a good fit for me and I've never had any creative blocks. Knifemaking can be hazardous, however.
What makes you feel alive?
Wild country makes me feel alive and happy. I love to hike with friends and live in one of the world's best places for that.
Who (or what or where) warms your heart?
My wife Angie warms my heart and has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. She is a fabric artist and understands the creative lifestyle.