There are only 27 first edition signatured 5-pc sets of "Dig Ins"® left (out of 1,500).
These sets were made in Korea and arrived in Fall of 1989. They received some great
publicity (above) between then and 1992 which was part of a beautiful portfolio. After
that time, Yamazaki in Japan became new manufacturer and I added the 2- and 3-pc infant
sets - which were also used as hors d'ouvres pieces. (See catalog sheet below)
Click here to see the original 1989 Press Release.
To purchase either the 5-pc sets or other combinations, click here.
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The idea for "Dig Ins"® came about in January 1985. I was coming home on Amtrak
unsuccessful business trip on another project, sitting in the dining car, when my new
conductor friend said, "You sure do shovel your food in!" I looked at the spoon - shovel,
the fork - pitchfork, wasn't quite sure about the knife, but it surely set the wheels a'spinning.
As soon as I got home, contacted dear friend and artist extraordinaire,
within a week, had the artwork for what would become "Dig Ins"®.
Utica Cutlery Company - specifically Rick Joswick - arranged for the first sets to be made
Over the next 6 months, one piece at a time, they arrived. The knife became a
chainsaw and was the last piece to arrive. The Korean manufacturer was
pictures of actual
and provided a clay prototype from Stuart.
This turned into an amazing 13-year project. It took a few years to make enough money
for the first sets. And all
from a light-hearted jab about shoveling my food in (really, is there
way?). Met so
people and had a lot of big fun along the way.
Am grateful for all of you!
A special thanks to photographer, Bryce Lankard, for the photo (above). much used for publicity.
I'd had postcard/press releases printed with it which were sent to different editors & "what's new"
from information gathered at the local library. Postcard stamps were around 29 cents then.
Also special thanks to Sharon & Anthony Richwine for their beautiful photography of
the 2- and 3-pc infant sets which were also made into postcards:
And I know (because they told me so!) they had a lot of fun with lights & melting
seashell-shaped butter for this one:
"Dig Ins"® debuted at the New Orleans Home & Garden Show
in the Superdome. Stuart made the most amazing set:
"Dig Ins"® received great fan mail too. (from last page of portfolio)
Catalog Sheet (insert for Portfolio)
Finding all the pieces & putting this together after so many years has me awed.
So check out what's left and git 'em while you can!
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