C. (Bud) BREWER,
Knotter and
Master Metalworker
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Mr. Brewer lives in Colorado, where he is the Official State Curmudgeon and makes the most
interesting knots, provides us with
tutorials to DO the knots (most generous of him) and also makes
some of the most interesting and useful metal tools I've yet seen.   His bell stand is one of the nicest
you'll encounter and I've gathered some of his work from the other pages of the LIBRARY for you to
drool over here.  (
Yes, of COURSE he was in the US Navy!)  At the bottom of the page are links to other places
which also feature his work.

He's a long-time member of the
IGKT and a constant thorn in my side as he sends me pictures of his
latest work and I realize just what a rank amateur I am by comparison.  
I think I hate him.  He's also a
co-owner (with Brian Kidd) of the
KHWW website.  (No, I'm SURE I hate him.)  
Brew's latest work... two spikes for a saddlery shop in Colorado and
a line puller (the curvy thing) which he dreamed up after seeing my
little wire pullers and a brass line-puller that the gents who run the
shop had on their shelf.  They use theirs for all sorts of purposes but
Brew will use his for pulling the final turns on a long (American)
whipping and a lot of other specialized things.   One day when I grow
up I expect to finally be able to tie a heel knot (upper left) with the
precision and dexterity he manages.

Brew is especially adept at the art of Leather knots, something that
completely defeats me.  I'll stick to cordage knotting and drooling
over his work.
Now, I'm that sure I'll be
after getting' an indignant
"bud-mail" to the effect of,
"Say, ya dum bugger, that
ain't a
(whatever), it's a
(what-is-it)- ainchoo got no
brainz?
", so the descriptions
on the page may change
abruptly!
Canes:  A sword cane, walking stick and Rescue Prod which he'd
decorated.  

Wood fids: natural staining on these wooden fids is just lovely. (Did
I mention the bugger does woodwork as well?  Silly of me. He
does.)



Over a miniature deck grating: a titanium spike and Brew's
"turkshead tying stick" which he uses for different standard
diameter turksheads for the spikes and other items.









Brew also does leather tooling and made himself this little "Doc
Holiday" cross-draw sheath for his knife...  It's an outstanding idea
which makes the cross-section on the belt smaller and my just
improve accessibility.


At the top you can just see a tooled holster he made for someone's
M1911A model .45.  A home any handgun would be happy to
occupy.






A globe knot
(ABOK 2217*) in some sort of climbing line.  The
larger picture shows that there are three passes per tuck and I
dunno how he got them so bloody regular.  Amazin'.


Another brass and s/steel spike (you gonna see a lot of them!)
which shows of his knotting, turning and brazing/soldering skills all
at once.   
(Now I KNOW I hate him.)


(* ABOK = The Ashley Book Of Knots, A.K.A. "The Bible".)
The aforementioned bell:  Brew didn';t make the bell itself (although I have no doubt he could knot one up in
about twenty minutes) but DID make up the harp out of solid copper stock, the hardware out of turned brass ,
the hardwood stand from scratch and did all the turksheads and braiding...  just beautiful work.
Incidentally, keep checkin' out the backgrounds of these pics:  f'r'instance, above there's a pic of the top of the harp for the
bell and hiding casually in the background is an epitome of excellence... an antique LUFKIN brass-bound folding rule
with brass end measurement pieces... at one time the "creme-da-la-creme" of precision measuring tools for the
worksite/craftsman.

Back a few you'll see a pic of the natural wood fids, and in the background there is a "rubber mallet", but calling that a
rubber mallet is like calling a Bugatti,  "a car".  Looks to be made of a solid piece of Teflon or another hard but resillliant
plastic on a beautifully turned and stained (Maple?) handle.
 (I'm gettin' surer and surer that I hate this guy...)  
One of Brew's lanyards and a view of the Gaucho knot in process and finished up.  (Yes, we actually DO talk to each other in that
weird shorthand.) and then pics of the Pineapple turksheads covering the joins at the neckpiece and the end loops.
Pricker that Brew made for Frank Brown, a
knotter from Tasmania and the sheath that
Frank came up with for it.
Brew's own personal pricker, out of Titanium
and Brass.  Beautiful.
Two more spikes - these
actually have a smaller
spike that lives inside the
handle of the larger spike...

(Does this guy ever sleep?)
The true secret of Brew's excellent work -
Expert Supervision at all times.
And finally, the "tour-de-force" for any knottyer is his knot-board, but not just ANY
knotboard - oh, no!  That wouldn't do!  Brew has to go make a MINI-knotboard!

Note the mini-spikes down the centre as well as the miniature belaying pins
along the bottom.






                                  
                                                     Example of the mini-spikes (belaying pins)






Also of special note is the turkshead covering the three-way dowel just above the
two mats.  To be able to tie one of these on a 2" stanchion rail takes
considerable skill.  To be able to tie one of these on a 1/8" dowel is impossible.  

(I REALLY think I'm beginning to form a rather strong dislike for...)




A collection that Brew sent me, c/o a turned spike and the sheath I made for it, a
miniature belaying pin, a hollow "Swedish Fid" and a couple of teeny monkey's
fists.   
Want more pictures of Bud's work?

His
FLICKR site    

Go to
KHWW  and look in the GALLERY
On March 17, 2009, Bud suffered a massive heart attack while working in his metalshop and,
according to the medical authorities, was dead before he hit the floor.

A man of many, many talents, a horse-lover, father and grandfather, he took a bit of time to get to
know, but once you were admitted to his "inner circle', there was no man more generous with his
time and knowledge or more involved in his community.

He will be greatly missed.

He VERY much enjoyed my descriptions of him so I'm leaving the page as-is except for this box.
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