Mr Benjiman Walker-Cutts – Barry Gardner Mentorship

Ben at work in Barry Gardner’s Studio – Cutting and Stacking. Image by Barry Gardner.

Project Summary

Emerging artisan Ben Cutts was mentored by Master Knife Maker Barry Gardner in the art of Japanese pattern welding in steel, through a forge welding process at the Jam Factory studio in Seppeltsfield Winery. Ben decided to seek support to develop his craft to a higher level so that he could pursue a place in the Australian Knife Makers Guild and become a bespoke Knife Maker.

Project Type – Professional development for artist and arts workers
Artform – Crafts and textiles
Project Cost – $5,639
Amount Funded – $4,980
Primary Beneficiary – Artists and arts workers
Grant Type –  Step Out Grant

From The Artist

“I have learned a whole raft of new techniques that will enable me to work with new materials and equipment, this mentorship has taken me to a point where I can confidently create and apply new skills in my own forge at home”


Ben has successfully become a probationary member of the Australian Knife Makers Guild. He is now proficient in a wide range of skills learned specifically through the mentorship with Barry Gardener, made possible through the Regional Arts Fund Step Up grant program. Ben is now self-sufficient working from his home studio in the Riverland, taking custom orders for his unique custom made knives.