APG employee places third in FMWRC arts and crafts competition
October 25, 2010
- The customed made bowie knife was donated to the show's sponsor who raffled it as a fundraiser
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - An Aberdeen Proving Ground employee won third place in the
Army-wide Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command's arts and crafts competition.
Glenn Smit is an engineering technician with the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center Survivability/Lethality Directorate. He won the award for his submission of a custommade Bowie knife and sheath in the 3-D Mixed Media category. Smit will receive $100 and a certificate signed by the FMWRC commander, as well as a Coin of Excellence from Col. Orlando W. Ortiz, APG Garrison and deputy installation commander.
Smit said he began creating knives in his home workshop in 1986 after having been a collector for several years. He said he decided to enter the competition after seeing it advertised in the FMWR InDemand newsletter.
"This was my first time entering a contest," he said. "When I contacted MWR they said I could
submit photographs so I sent three of the knife and provided details about how it was made."
He said Byron Reasin, manager of the Stark Recreation Center in the Edgewood Area, notified him
when his entry advanced beyond the APG level and again when he won third place.
"I was very pleased and pleasantly surprised," Smit said. "I didn't even know if there was a prize involved."
He said he built the knife for the 50th anniversary of the Bel Air Gun Show. He donated the knife to the show's sponsor who raffled it as a fundraiser. Amazingly, the raffle winner donated the knife back to the gun show for future fundraising.
The Bowie knife is made of Damascus steel. It has a brass hilt and sub-hilt and a handcrafted handle of basswood and walnut, carved and painted in the shape of an eagle head. The sheath is 100 percent leather with engraved lettering. Wood carver Ron Myers created the handle, Smit said.
Smit displayed several samples of his workmanship during the FMWR Fall Bazaar at the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center Oct. 7.
His display included his very first folding knife and an assortment of what he calls "little ugly knives," most of which are made of carbon steel or out of other objects such as railroad spikes.
"People would tell me my knives were too nice looking to use so I started making the little ugly knives," he chuckled.
Smit takes custom orders for everything from pocket knives to kitchen sets. Contact him by email
at email@example.com or call 410-272-2959.