Mr Benjiman Walker-Cutts – Barry Gardner Mentorship
Ben at work in Barry Gardner’s Studio – Cutting and Stacking. Image by Barry Gardner.
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.