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Dennis Thornton Signature Series Knife


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CCA carver Dennis Thornton and Rich & Holli Smithson of Helvie Knives have been working together to bring out a new line of Signature Series knives. We are proud to have Dennis join our Signature Line of knives.

For the last fifteen years Dennis has enjoyed honing his skills as a woodcarver. Over that time he has had the opportunity to participate in many juried competitions. Dennis has received various honors such as Best of Show, People’s Choice, and Carver’s Choice awards. He currently has the honor of judging competitions.

Dennis firmly believes in the promotion of the art of woodcarving with fellow artists and art lovers alike. He spends much of his time teaching seminars and private classes in his home studio and throughout the United States.  He was inducted into the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) in 2000. In the past he has served as Treasurer and Vice President. Dennis currently has the privilege of being the current President for the CCA. He has appreciated the opportunity to help in the collaboration of the organization’s projects and books. These items help to further promote caricature carving.

His greatest enjoyment comes from watching the reaction his pieces get from the viewing public. Caricature carving is about finding the humor in a situation. Dennis finds excitement in the challenge of creating new pieces that continue to bring smiles and belly laughs. He often pulls ideas from his thirty-two year career in law enforcement as well as from his family. He currently shows his work nationally in galleries, exhibits, and shows.

Dennis lives in Guilford, New York with his wife Susan and has two daughters. All are accomplished artists. He is currently working on developing fresh ideas and sharpening his skills in becoming a better carver.

All of the Dennis Thornton's Knife handles are made from Natural Wood and come with Dennis’s Signature, his logo, Series Number and Knife Number that corresponds to the order they are made. All designs on the knife are hand wood burned into the handle. All handles are approximately 5 inches in length

All knives are custom made by hand one at a time please allow 7-10 days to make them. Don't forget to add a sheath or strop with this mighty fine knife.

Series 1 -  Roughout Knife The Blade is approximately 2-1/4" long and 1/2" wide and made from .050  stock thickness. The handle is natural wood approximately 5" long.

DT Skew Gouge- The Blade is approximately 2" long and 1" wide and made from .035  stock thickness. The handle is natural wood approximately 2" long.