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Barry Lee Hands
10-14-2014, 05:33 PM
I recently attended the all new Arts in Metal show in the beautiuful lakeside town of Stresa, Italy. (

It was a great event attended by some of the best knifemakers and most trend setting collectors in the world.
S R Johnson was an invited maker, and he asked me to collaborate on this piece with him:
"La Divina Proporzione" (

Here is a link to the rest of the knives and makers:

The location, the Regina Palace Hotel , on the shores of Lake Maggiore,is in the centre of Stresa and faces the Borromean Islands. This hotel represents a fine example of prestige both in the hotel world and historically speaking. The four-star Regina Palace hotel opened in 1908, and still preserves its Art Nouveau period decoration.The unique combination of charm and modernity will render a stay in one of the 214 rooms or suites ? all furnished with period pieces and equipped with every facility ? totally unforgettable.
It had an AWESOME pool area.

A view from the rooms: (

One of the major attractions of the Lake Maggiore/ Stresa area is the Isola Bella, an Island with a palace, a group of the collectors and exhibitors went together on a day tour, to see the sights of the island.

The boatride from the Hotel to Isola Bella, (

The entrance hall (mudroom) of the Borromeo palace on the island: (

The Fracassi family enjoying the tapestry hall: (

Saddle silver Italian style: ( (

A very ornate table: (

Looks like a great spot to wet a line: (

Steve M
10-15-2014, 03:42 AM
Hey Barry, I'm totally blown away
You two guys are an absolute inspiration
Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing experience and your stunning! knife to match


10-15-2014, 09:50 AM
Beautiful place!

10-15-2014, 01:12 PM
Thank you, Barry. It was a great place to visit with the many great folks that attended, for which I am thankful. Many wonderful people are affiliated with the custom knife business!

Barry Lee Hands
10-15-2014, 02:59 PM
Yes, there was a lot of great socializing going on, there was an outdoor reception with drinks and hor'doeuvres the first night which many makers and collectors attended.
Here are some pics:

Rick Appleton the maker and Daisy, the collector: (

My friend Dan with Michael Walker (

myself with the Facassis (

Ed with Yoshindo Yoshihara and friends (

SR Johnson and friends, including an artist who sculpts ivory ( ( (

Barry Lee Hands
10-16-2014, 09:44 AM
The morning of the show, The excitement builds!
in the room as the show is opened, as the invited buyers begin to enter: (

World renowned knife makers and exhibitors Ron Lake and Jurgen Steinau leave there tables for a few minutes to visit the other tables and examine the brilliant work by Firmo and Francesca Fracassi on an Emmanuel Esposito knife: ( (

Barry Lee Hands
10-18-2014, 09:14 PM
My old engraving friend Joseph stopped in, I had not seen him in ten years. . . (

As the time neared for the drawings the tempo built. . . (

Esposito shows his fine work. . . (

The excellent young engravers Armin Bundschuh and Simone Fezzarde stop by... (

Simone takes a closer look at the S R Johnson dagger. . . . (

As a drawing ends, Fogarizzu congratulates the winning collector on his bid, with paparazzi recording the event. . . (

Fracassi taking in the S R Johnson dagger. . . (

S R Johnson with a lucky collector. . . .

10-19-2014, 03:50 PM
Dear friend Steve Johnson.
Very nice photos.
Congratulations for your wonderful work. Italy is a beautiful country.

10-20-2014, 12:16 AM
Thank you, Romano. It was a great experience with great friends from many places.