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Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Dan Walsh


Cut Brooklyn: Art and Knives

Joel Bukiewicz started producing handmade chefs knives in Brooklyn when he couldn’t sell his manuscript and needed a new creative outlet. This video is incredibly inspirational, and should be a shot in the arm for anyone who’s currently frustrated with their dreams. The video is beautifully shot, directed, and edited.

You go into the shop. You cut yourself, you burn yourself. You fuck stuff up. You ruin something you’ve worked on for 3 weeks and you never make that mistake again. This is how I learned.

Go figure that a guy who makes knives by hand would have practical, no-nonsense advice about the creative process.

It takes buckets of blood and sweat and fucking work to get there. To get competent. And once you become competent, maybe you have it in you to become an artist – maybe you don’t.

The video is beautifully shot, directed, and edited. Watch it all the way through, Joel has some great quotes.

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Check out his shop at: Cut



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2 Responses to Cut Brooklyn: Art and Knives

  1. Almost a year later…
    I liked that he made a change to his life. The path to him BECOMING a knife maker is what was interesting to me. The idea of “taking a 3 month hiatus from screenwriting, and took a random knife making class”, that ignited some ideas for me. I took the year off.

    I saw the video and it was “cool”, but I realized that’s kind of where I had been — sharpening knives, working really hard, and looking cool. But I didn’t want to make knives anymore.

    I thought the idea that there was this magic “moment” where he discovered he loved making knives was bullshit, and that I didn’t believe that. “Love at first sight” is dangerously over-applied to many stories, obscuring the real magic.

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