I’m Gary Greer

I am a Canadian knifemaker whose passion is to design and create one-of-a-kind knives, making each knife not only uniquely different but strong and durable through design and craftsmanship.    By using a variety of elements and materials along with embellishments such as fancy filework, inlays and sculpturing, I give each knife functionality, strength, and beauty.  I take pride in the fact that every step in the creation of my knives is done by me in my shop.  Being in complete control of the whole process is paramont to the success of the knife from the critical heat treating stage to the final sharpening.  I take the same care in the design and creation of my handcrafted sheaths, custom fitting each to an individual knife.

My goal is to make each knife durable, uniquely different and timeless through design, craftsmanship and the use of premium materials.  Ultimately, I strive to make knives that will give people pleasure through use and pride of ownership providing many years of enjoyment.

“I believe in quality work and am meticulous in the fit and finish of each knife.  Creating a functional yet attractive object through the mating of new materials and innovative ideas is a passion for me.   Each one-of-a-kind knife reflects that passion in its craftsmanship, strength and beauty.”

SCC Dimensions Award Winners

Award winning knives chosen by SCC Juried Dimensions Touring Art Exhibition.

S.O.F.A. Fine Arts Show

Invited by Creative Saskatchewan as one of the artists to represent Saskatchewan at the S.O.F.A. fine arts show in New York and Chicago.

Photos by Don Kondra

SCC Juried Dimensions Touring Art Exhibition

Chosen by SCC Juried Dimensions Art Exhibition to tour across Canada.

A little more about me

Knives have fascinated me for most of my life and I started collecting them at an early age.  When I started hunting with my father, a good working knife became important to me.  Their design and fabrication intrigued me and I was always searching for something better.  I began experimenting with my own designs and materials creating a knife that was closer to what I  wanted.   That led to build my first dedicated knife making shop in 1984 and my journey began – I have never looked back.  Most of my first year was spent making tools, machines and work benches so that I could actually start making knives. The next year was spent learning and understanding the principals of metallurgy as well as experimenting with several different kinds of carbon and stainless steels in order to perfect the heat treating process for each of the different alloys. Every year thereafter was a quest to increase my knowledge, entertain new designs and techniques, continually seeking to perfect my craft and build the best knives. You never stop learning.  As an avid bow hunter, I am able to refine my knives through field testing, always searching to make the ultimate working knife.

Although working knives are my mainstay, my artistic side led me beyond functional and into the realm of show knives. I have always been a creative person, designing and building objects in a variety of mediums including metal, wood and stained glass.  My lifelong interest in design and fabrication led me from antique furniture repair and refinishing, to stained glass and eventually to knife making. The mating of new materials and innovative ideas in a functional yet attractive object was and still is a passion for me.

As an artist I enjoy the whole process of coming up with an idea and turning that idea into a tangible 3D object. The initial ideas and subsequent designs are the artistic part of the process. The bigger picture for me is that of a craftsman – where discovering then implementing new innovative ideas and construction techniques are the rewarding part of being that craftsman/artist. I have been creating knives for over 35 years and still get excited when I finish a new project. I make each piece uniquely different by using a variety of elements and materials to create images that can represent period pieces or modern styles of blades.

I put a lot of effort into each handcrafted knife.  I complete every step of the knifemaking process myself in my shop, from design to finished product, including the sheath, ensuring consistent high quality in all aspects of my work.  I strive for perfection in my knives and find creating them becomes a source of energy for me.  Each knife is like a friend and sometimes it’s hard to let them go.

I have exhibited my work in numerous shows and art galleries within Canada and have won many awards.  One of my art knives was purchased from the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s juried Dimensions show and now resides in the Province of Saskatchewan’s permanent art collection in the Regina Legislative Buildings.  I also had the privilege of being invited to represent Saskatchewan at the S.O.F.A. fine arts exhibit in Chicago and New York in 2014.  My knives have been purchased by private collectors and individuals all across Canada and the USA.

​I am a Juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council, a voting member of the Saskatchewan Knifemakers Guild and Western Canada Knife Association.

Awards, Shows and Achievements

Highlights

• Chosen to participate in the 2018-2019 Carfac Mentorship Program as a knifemaker mentor

• Accepted as a Juried Member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council in 2017

• Invited to represent Saskatchewan at the Saskatchewan at the S.O.F.A. fine arts exhibits in Chicago and New York, USA in 2014

• Winning both the Excellence in Metal and Merit awards El Tigre was purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board as part of their permanent collection displayed in the Legislative Buildings in Regina in 2000

• The Saskatchewan Craft Council currently hosts a biennial competition called “Dimensions”. Previous to 2011 the SCC held the competition annually. Craftspeople from all over Saskatchewan are invited to enter the juried competition in hopes of winning an award and having their art work tour across Canada for 1-2 years. I have been entering these competitions since 1991 and have had the privilege of being chosen numerous times by the jurors to receive awards and have my knives tour with the “Dimensions” shows.

• Saskatchewan Craft Gallery Exhibition “Edges and Images: Contemporary Knife Making” – Gary Greer and Grant Irons in 1998

Details

2018 –  Invited to exhibit in “Art Now”, Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2017 -“Dimensions” – Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2017 – Accepted as a Juried Member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council
2015 – “Dimensions” – Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2014 – Invited and represented Saskatchewan at S.O.F.A. fine art exhibits in
Chicago and New York – USA
2013 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
2011 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2008 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2007 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2006 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2005 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
2004 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2003 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2002 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
2001 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
2000 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
* Merit Award
* Saskatchewan Arts Board Purchase Award
1999 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
1998 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
1998 – Saskatchewan Craft Gallery Exhibition
* Edges and Images: Contemporary Knife Making – Gary Greer and Grant Irons
1997 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Merit Award
1996 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
1995 – “Dimensions”- Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition
* Excellence in Metal award
1993 – “Dimensions” – Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Juried Touring Art Exhibition

Reviews

“Command of Craft” by Tim Nowlin – Craft Factor, Winter 1998/1999, Vol 23.3
“Introduction to Gary Greer, Knife Maker” – Saskatchewan Craft Council
“Northern Lights” – Pinterest

Publications

2000 – Wrote an article for the Saskatchewan Craft Council “The Sum of All Parts”
1998 – Four knives photographed and published in Craft Factor magazine
1996 – Wrote an article “New Kid on the Block” in Craft Factor, Fall 1996, Vol 21.2
1995-1998 – Wrote a column “On The Edge” in the Saskatchewan Bow Hunter’s quarterly publication

Collections

Saskatchewan Arts Board purchase for their permanent collection in Regina displayed in the Legislative Buildings
Private collections in Canada and the United States

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