Full Chisel Blog

June 4, 2010

Steven M. Lalioff

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 8:56 pm


I met Steven when he was a energetic red haired youngster with an impressionable mine.  We were both working at Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement in Noblesville Indiana in 1977-78, I was the Cabinetmaker and he was kid looking for a direction. I watched him try and hew a dry white oak log with a broad ax until his hands were bleeding, I will have to see if I can find the photograph.

I knew he had talent and was interested in learning.  He also looked into other trades and was influenced by the late Dan Bastine the Potter at Conner Prairie.  He worked with John Hollis and Rick Guthrie, Blacksmiths as well as first person interpretation in other sites.

His real proclivity was leather working as you will see by his web site as well as his blog, which I have listed on my blog roll.  He also has many other talents as you will see.  We have many old friends in common and it was good to re-establish contact with him.  Brings back many good old memories.



  1. Dear Stephen,
    Your words are most kind. As I remember it; It was a very seasoned 3 ft. diameter log (perhaps elm) and I was told on mt first day on the job to rive it into fence rails. I took this as a kind of “museological hazing”, but I hold them no grudge for my ignorance…somethings we learn the hard way. And thank you for graciously not reminiscing about what an obnoxious kid I was…am!

    For the record, the blog where the objects of mine can be seen is not “my” blog, I hope the link you provided has a link to the Makersblog homepage. Makersblog.com was started by Art & Jan Riser over 2 years ago, they post new submissions by traditional craftsmen everyday of the year. It’s a very nice way to see what a million hours of effort looks like. I only wish there were more comments and questions made by the viewership.

    I look forward to keeping touch through your most interesting blog.

    Thank you, my best, Steven

    Comment by Steven M. Lalioff — June 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

  2. Next time you talk to him ask him if he has seen any tin fire buckets.

    Shay Lelegren

    Comment by Shay — June 6, 2010 @ 8:15 am

  3. Stephen, thanks for the introduction. I look forward to a completed website from this other Steven. My heart swells to see his work. I’ll be looking into the Makersblog as well.

    Please keep up your own inspiring work. I send many young (and not so young) near converts to a hand tool way of working your way in order to absorb your mindset even if that orthodoxy may be currently beyond them. Your words and your workings inspire.

    Comment by Steven — June 6, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Steven,

    Nice to be in touch again and you turned out all right.


    I will.


    Welcome and thanks for your comments.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 8, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  5. Hey Steve Karen and Hanna,I haven’t touched base with you folks and just wanted to say Hi.. While I was typing this message I got a call from a Harv Hildebrand who said to tell you hi also.. Doc

    Comment by Ron McDaniel — February 26, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

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