Demonstration by Master Knife Maker Zach Jonas on Friday, June 14 at Crafts League's Meredith Shop (400) ,
Published Date"The knife is man's oldest and most useful tool, but they can also be objects of great beauty," says knife maker Zach Jonas. Zach hand crafts functional knives with sharp blades that capable of performing to a very exacting standard and are also exquisite, with smoothly polished wood handles. His knives are both functional and collectible works of art.
The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery, located at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, is featuring Jonas's work during Bike Week, and he will be giving a demonstration of his technique on Friday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jonas is a newly juried member of the League. With an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a post baccalaureate diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he has been crafting handmade knives since 2007. He apprenticed under Master Smith J.D. Smith through the American Bladesmith Society and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has also traveled to learn from other ABS Master Smiths, a Grandmaster engraver and a Master Japanese sword maker. He was awarded membership in the League of NH Craftsmen in 2012.
"I draw much of my inspiration from a global variety of rich and long-standing traditions of bladecraft," says Zach. "I am intrigued by the mystique and technical perfection of the samurai blade, by the sinuous curves of the Persian and Indian armory, and by the hardheaded pragmatism of Western pieces. It is not only the aesthetics that I seek to draw from these traditions, but also the beauty of function; without function, a knife is only an ornament, and without beauty, it is nothing more than a means to an end."
Along with Zach's knives, the Meredith Retail Gallery showcases a wide range of handcrafted items made by juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen. Today the League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Gallery represents nearly 250 artists and craftspeople. Offering quality handmade work by New Hampshire's finest artists, it features glass, pottery, wrought iron, metal sculpture, wood, jewelry, fiber and wearable art. There are classes, workshops, lectures, and demonstrations throughout the year to educate the public about the techniques and creativity that goes into fine handcraft, and why it is so valuable.
Founded in 1932, the League of NH Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the country. The League was formed during the years of the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times, through education and by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft.