Steve Wheeler, Weapons Maker, Hobbit Films, Eskdale

by | New Zealand, Photography

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Just in case you need to cut some cake—a real Viking axe. It was surprisingly light and definitely scary.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler: searching for shibumi. 渋い —an almost unreachable level of excellence. It’s best described as a form of eloquent silence that speaks for itself.

渋いThe Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
渋いThe Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
渋いThe Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Animal horns used for the knife handles. Since horns are a result of tough coating of keratin, they last a lot longer than material like bone, which may seem stronger, but isn’t.

渋いThe Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

If you look at the frame-like objects below the light, you’ll see a fantail (yes, that’s a bird). The fantails enter the workshop in search of insects.

渋いThe Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

The knives—and the coffee—have to meet this standard.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Steve also writes sci-fi novels. “I create the models,” he says, “to feel what the character is feeling and seeing”. The character’s head moves as well.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Time for a coffee, all the way from a Raglan supplier.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Swords, knives, the cat (Luna) and Layla (the dog). See below.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

Hidden in a walking stick. 

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

The entrance to the workshop.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler

The Eskdale “train stop”, near where Steve Wheeler creates his works of art.

The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler
The Hobbit Films, Weapons Maker, Steve Wheeler