Mudd Knives Prized at 33rd Maine Boatbuilders Show Ending Today

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Esther, 84, With Her Husband, Mudd Sharrigan, 94, Displaying His Prized Rigging Knives at the Maine Boatbuilders Show This Afternoon.  The Couple Resides in Wiscasset.

A Close-up of the Ft. Gaines in the Travellift Sling Today During a Rainy Morning. The 122 ft. long Ft. Gaines  was in for a Maintenance Check.

A Close-up of Mudd Sharrigan at Today’s Show.

An Outstanding “Goonie Dog” was Served by Top Dog Cart at The Show.

Meanwhile, Many Took a Break From the Show and Watched as the 330 Ton Travellft Raised the 122 “Ft. Gaines” from the Water for a Maintenance Check, at Portland Yacht Services, 100 West Commercial Street, Portland.  The Travellift Will Accommodate Commercial Boats 40 ft. in Width. The Beam of the “Ft. Gaines” is Almost 40 Ft.

A Display of all the Maine Schooners to Whom Mudd Sharrigan has Sold His Prized Rigging Knives.  They Include:  Mary Day, Tabor Boy, Mercantile, Adventurer, Harvey Gamage, Etc.

“I wanted to make knives for sailors,” said Mudd Sharrigan, 94, a former member of the Merchant Marine,  this afternoon on the final day of the 33rd Maine Boatbuilders Show.  He and his wife Esther, 84, were sitting at their booth inside one of the massive red buildings that housed many of the  80 vendors selling  equipment, services, ideas and food to the nautical world that turned out for this traditional event in Portland, 100 West Commercial Street.

Mudd wanted to make rigging knives for sailors. So, in 1990, he approached the crew of the celebrated Gaff Rigged Schooner Harvey Gamage.  He asked them what kind of knives they needed.  “Anything that  cuts lines,” was the answer.  Mudd told them he’d return in two weeks. If they liked the knives he designed for them, he’d make more.  He returned then. The Gamage crew liked them “a lot.”  That was the beginning.  “The rest is history,” he said laughing.

Knife blades are made from a variety of metals.  Mudd buys some new steel from an Illinois company that caters to knife makers.  Other metal sources are automobile parts such as tail springs, leaf springs, and old saw blades from logging equipment.  These parts can be found at dumps.

The handles are made of hardwood such as:  birds eye maple, tiger maple, oak, and  blond walnut, Some handles are  made of deer antlers.  Mudd makes about 200 knives a year.

Since that first batch, Mudd has tweaked them considerably – improving the shape, handle material and creating more choices of sizes.  They are now available in three sizes.

Back in April of 2011 ” Woodenboat” magazine published an extensive article on Mudd and his rigging knives.  He was overwhelmed with orders following that publicity.  It took him about a year to catch up on all 300 to 400 orders he received.

Mudd’s parents, who were Armenian, escaped from Turkey around 1912-1918.  That’s when the Turkish rulers massacred the Armenians.  His parents settled in Massachusetts where he was born.   His original name is:  Macdouni, but his nickname became:  “Mudd.”  He and a business partner built homes in Massachusetts before he relocated to Wiscasset.

“The secret to my longevity is Esther.  She keeps me active.  She mows the lawn and keeps a flower garden.  She spins and weaves using thread she gets mostly from Massachusetts,” said Mudd.  “We’ve been very fortunate at this Show  It’s been good to us over the many years,” said Esther. They were exhibitors when the Show was previously located at 58 Fore Street, on the Munjoy Hill waterfront.

For more information on Mudd Knives, please email:  tulla2@roadrunner.com.  He does not sell on-line.

Please visit previous post herein for more background information on the resumption of the Maine Boatbuilders Show after a hiatus.

 

1 thought on “Mudd Knives Prized at 33rd Maine Boatbuilders Show Ending Today

  1. Great Job Uncle Mudd,
    You and your knives , homes and custom furniture have always been amazing ❤️❤️❤️
    Cyd and Mark

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