Visit us on facebook

It is currently Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:06 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:54 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator

Joined: Thu May 20, 2004 8:27 pm
Posts: 189
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Gentlemen,
It is with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of one of the true legends of knifemaking. Early this morning, Bill Moran died after a bravely fought battle with cancer.
Bill was virtually single-handedly responsible for the survival of the art of blade forging. To that end, Bill founded the American Bladesmith Society. The society started with Bill's vision which was shared with three other men in an airport, at which time they decided to start the American Bladesmith Society (ABS). It grew over the years to over 1,200 members and even started a bladesmithing school in Old Washington, Arkansas. The school proudly teaches classes in forging (bladesmithing), handles, guards, engraving, grinding, and all the necessary skills which Bill perfected in about 60 years of bladesmithing. Bill reinvented the art of forging damascus steel in the early 1970s, which signaled the rebirth of the forged blade.
Despite all the fame, Bill remained a wonderfully humble, accessable man who shunned personal fame, except when it would benefit the proliferation of bladesmithing as an art. Bill had no children, but the art of bladesmithing was his sole heir and love, after his beloved wife Margaret who preceeded him in death by only a few years. I am proud to say that I was inducted into the Bladesmithing Hall of Fame the same year that Margaret was inducted into the Bladesmithing Hall of Fame, and am proud to stand with such great folks as Bill and Margaret Moran in that honor.
Bill was a dear friend of mine for over 30 years and will be missed by so very many. Rest in peace, Bill.
Jeffro (Jeff Harris)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:58 pm 
Offline
LTW Supporter
LTW Supporter

Joined: Fri May 14, 2004 6:19 am
Posts: 69
Location: Illinois
I'm sorry to hear of Mr. Moran's passing. He sounds like a neat guy. I hope time heals for you and others who were close.



Brian

_________________
Brian


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:48 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator

Joined: Thu May 20, 2004 8:27 pm
Posts: 189
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Brian,
Thank you. Bill has no remaining (biological) family. Only his "family" of close friends and all those who have looked up to him for decades.
Best regards,
Jeff


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:40 pm 
Offline
Administrator
Administrator

Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 3:47 pm
Posts: 1819
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Sorry to hear of this. Jeff, hope to see you soon.
Steve

_________________
Heirloom Precision, LLC.
480-804-1911

"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
- General George Patton Jr


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:15 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator

Joined: Thu May 20, 2004 8:27 pm
Posts: 189
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Steve,
Thank you. It will probably be a month or so till I get out there, but I WILL BE THERE!!
Thanks again for all,
Jeff


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:38 am 
Offline
Members

Joined: Sat May 29, 2004 7:17 am
Posts: 173
Location: Back in the USAAAAA!!!!!
The knifemaking community lost a true icon, but the world lost a true original. If not for Mr Bill we would all be using stamped, laser cut, stainless steel blades and wondering why all the early stories of cutting prowess were so full of lies. Mr Bill (re)educated us on what a properly made knife can do, while demonstrating how beautiful a using art piece can be. His efforts made all the knives we can buy today, custom AND production, better. The loss of a true legend.
A10ACN
Kendall Nash


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:56 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator

Joined: Thu May 20, 2004 8:27 pm
Posts: 189
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Kendall,
You are absolutely correct on all counts. AND he was a true gentleman to boot.
Best to all,
Jeffro (Jeff)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 5:19 pm 
Offline
Members

Joined: Sat Jul 24, 2004 5:13 pm
Posts: 65
Location: Connecticut
Bill was a gentleman. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

_________________
Fraternally yours

Jimmy Ward


"FOR THOSE WHO GO IN HARMS WAY,
LIFE HAS A SPECIAL FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW"


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group