New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Matt Woodchick finds success at Trinity.
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Mystery-suspense When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday arui Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Thursday through Now9~ -- -Where: STAGE Inc., Krause House, 1300 Bulverde Road Tickets: $13 adults, $11 students arui people 62 and over Information: (830) 438-2339
Comedy by Neil Simon When: 6:30 p. rn. Wednesdays through Saturdays until Nov. I Where: Harlequin Dinner Theatre, 2652 Homey Road, Fort Sam Houston Tickets: $22.95 Wednesday and Thursday, $25.95 Friday and Saturday
Information: (210) 222-9694
Seth James opens When: 9 p.m. Saturday Where: Gruene Hall Tickets: $15 cover Information: gruenelmll.com
Mark Sanders Bandopens When: 9 p.m. Saturday Where: Saengerhalle Tickets: $7 cover Information: saengerhalle.com
BUIE MAN GROUP
When: Nov. 14 Where: Verizon Wireless . Amphitheater, Selma Information: www.vwatx.com
The best accomplishment in my life is helping my mom with her health after her last year's stroke."
— Mary Helen Medina New BraunfelsShelly King lights up Halloween with show at Gruene Hall
Wurstfest Art Show When: 10a.m. to 5p.m. daily through Nov. 16 Where: New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St.
JESSE LOTT RETROSPECTIVE
When: opening reception, 7 p.m. Nov. 6
Where: New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music, 1259 Gruene Road
Tickets: $3 adults, $2 seniors and students, free for children under 12
Information: 625-5636, www.nbmuseum.org
‘IN THE WURST WAY’
Circle Arts Theatre’s old-time "mellerdrama’’
When: 7:30 p.m. daily during Wurstfest, Friday through Nov. 9, with a 4 p.m. matinee Nov. 2 Where: Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave.
Tickets: $5 per person, children under 6 free
Information: 609-3092 .
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2003
(Above) Local knife maker Johnny Stout checks the straightness of the blade after assembling the handle. (Below) Stout traces the pattern for a knife using a template.
Precision handwork makes Stoups knives worth thousands
By Bill Ervin
Damascus steel and fossilized mammoth tusks are terms that trigger the imagination, and those are exactly some of the materials Johnny Stout uses to make knives.
Stout, who has his shop where he lives on Forest Trail, offFM 1863 west of New Braunfels, is an internationally recognized craftsman in the art of knife making. He, along with his work, has been featured in special-interest publications, as well as Texas Monthly Magazine and the Texas Parks and Wildlife's catalog. He was invited to participate in
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Niemann Marcus’s 99th anniversary celebration, and he regularly hosts knife-making seminars. He is a founder and board member of the Texas Knife Makers and Collectors Association.
Bom in Alpine, Stout worked for . a telephone company from 1965 until he retired in 1991 in San Antonio.
“I already had a small shop,” he said. “I retired on a Friday and went to work
in the knife shop on Monday.
“'Hie knife is our oldest tod," the 60-year-old Stout said, not finding it necessary to explain that it probably remains one of the single most important inventions.
Stout Handmade Knives have just one blade, and eager customers pay neatly $3,000 for one. Collectors sometimes receive upward of twice that
from other collectors.
Stout’s knives are worth that much to knife collectors because of the painstaking work that goes into their creation Virtually all are snapped up by private collectors.
“They way I work,” Stout said, “is I forge my own Damascus steel.” The basic component is a titanium steel alloy of aircraft quality.
“I cut the steel into thin sheets the size of the pattern I intend to use," Stout said.
He then puts the strip into the forge, where it is heated and folded back onto itself. While still white-hot, a 25-pound “hammer" is used to flatten and lengthen the steel piece. This is repeated until the blade consists of as many as 64 “folds." Distinguishing patterns are added to the blades, which are ground to exact specifications.
Fossilized tusks from mammoths that lived as long as 15,000 years ago provide material for handles.
Stout welcomes visitors to his shop.
“I like to have people come out and do the shop tours,” Stout said. “Not many people know about custom knives.”
I most two months after his death in September, the gap left by icon Johnny Cash is still being felt in the music world.
Fellow performers and friends continue to come forward with tributes and accolades, emphasizing his stature in both the country and rock formats.
As a fan of Cash since my youth, I have witnessed his ability to cross all boundaries and never be pigeonholed. The much-anticipated tribute concert will take place Nov. IO at the historic Ryman Auditorium and will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 on CMT. Dozens of artists are scheduled to appear, including Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow,
Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle', Rodney Crowell and Marty Stuart, among many others.
Many other performers are expected to be added before the Nov. IO date, with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen likely candidates. As an added bonus, a five-CD box set titled "Unearthed” will be released before Christmas that will include more than 50 unreleased songs.■ ■■
Holidays are always lots of fun at Gruene Hall, so this Friday night’s Halloween show by Shelly King has everyone excited. King and her ace band tour constantly and have one of the best Web sites in the business, constantly setting the standard for
how it should be done.
The Halloween show is free and starts about 7:30 p.m. Come dressed in your favorite costume, and maybe you’ll win one of the cool prizes up for grabs.
King and her band have been touring constantly in support of her new CD, ‘The Highway.” They just finished up a successful tour of the east coast plus a nice cruise in the warm Caribbean as part of the Texas Music Cruise.
As a reader of Rolling Stone Magazine for many years, I’ve always admired the photographs of Mark Seliger, a Texas native from Amarillo.
With more than a decade of fantastic photos under his belt, Seliger
decided to branch out and form a band. With the help of his many music business friends, Rusty Thick was bom. Mark started recoding songs at the home of friend Jakob Dylan and at the studio owned by buddy Lenny Kravitz.
The music can best be described as Americana with a touch of rock. Practically every song was produced by a famous friend, and, in most cases, they sang backing vocals with Seliger. Stars like Gillian Welch,
Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Wayne Sheppard andT. Bone Burnett are on hand to support their famous photographer pal. The CD is titled “Broken Promises," and it's in stores now. Give it a listen; you’ll like what you hear.
Dale Martin writes about music. He can be reached at [email protected]