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I had a friend. We talked on the phone only a couple times of year, on FB chat every couple of months and I guess I probably clicked like on about everything he made. We disagreed on most things regarding collectible in the knife world, he was a maker that thought only custom was in that category. Makes him sound arrogant and I guess he could be. The man though - was God fearing, would do anything for family and friends and was a self described human grinder. He was always right on all three of those.
I have heard through the FB back channels that he is gone. Mr. James Ivy, I will miss you greatly. I will miss your talent, your love of family and our butting heads only to end the conversation with ...Love Ya. Go with God my friend, may your loved ones find peace in knowing you will see your father again.
I remember him also. Praying for James's family.
Sorry to hear of his loss. Praying for Jame's family.
Oh wow. Sad news indeed. Praying for his family. He was very talented.
If you never saw the works of Valley Air Forge and Andre' Vallieres out of Calgary, you should be looking. I often admired his many creations but alas we have lost another too soon.
(From his business FB Page)
"It is with a heavy heart that I type this post. Yesterday we lost an amazing man. He was the best son, husband, father, grand father and friend. I pray that he's at peace. I hope that all who have his beautiful creations look at them and be honored to have a piece of this amazing human. André Vallieres will be missed by all who knew him."
Thoughts to his family and friends. A sad day for the knife world.
Raise your glass, be it milk or a good scotch and help me say goodbye to a member and friend. Many of you know him as the Schrade guy with all the Herman Williams and a collection to envy.
Doug Webber, you were an inspiration to display our knives, to have those celluloids replaced and turned into a customized beauties. I know your meeting some of your sharp heroes and I am certain you are in a wonderful place but you will be missed. Rest well. and go with God my friend
I did not know Mr. Webber but the loss of any fellow collector is a great loss to the whole knife community.
I will drink a toast of my best Burbon to him tonight.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
May God be with you, good bye.