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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.

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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"

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

http://artsinmetal.com/?p=23

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

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The Fracassi family enjoying the tapestry hall:

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Saddle silver Italian style:

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A very ornate table:

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Looks like a great spot to wet a line:

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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

Cheers,
Steve

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

Steve
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:

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My friend Dan with Michael Walker

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myself with the Facassis

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Ed with Yoshindo Yoshihara and friends
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SR Johnson and friends, including an artist who sculpts ivory

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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:
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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:

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

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

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Esposito shows his fine work. . .

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


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

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

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Fracassi taking in the S R Johnson dagger. . .

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S R Johnson with a lucky collector. . . .

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

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