You Could Win This Custom Carving Set!

November 6, 2012 | By | Comments (71)
Blackwell Knives' Carving Set

Photo: Ralph Anderson

We love the idea of special-occasion heirlooms. That’s why we jumped at the chance to feature this custom, ironwood carving set from Eden, Texas-based Blackwell Knives in November’s Southern Made. It’s a splurge at $300 but it’s so well-made that generation after generation will be using it to carve into their Thanksgiving turkeys.

This carving set can be yours! In the comments section below, tell us your dream dinner guest and why. Our favorite answer wins the set. The contest begins now and ends November 30. Click here for official rules.

We’re waiting for those turkey tips…

Other giveaways from the November issue:
Win a Pewter Coffee Service from Tennessee Pewter
Win an Artisan Board from Vintage at Heart
Win a Serving Bowl from Louisville Stoneware
Win Hand-Painted Table Linens from Oxford & Company


  1. Elizabeth K

    Paul Bunyan. He could carve a turkey lickety-split!

    November 30, 2012 at 10:01 am
  2. Marilyn J. Fults

    My dream dinner guest would be my mother. She died when I was 16, and in her early 40’s. I would have so many questions for her, she would have to hang around for ages to answer all of them!

    November 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  3. Barbara Minor

    My dream dinner guest would be Paula Deen. She is so charming, I love to hear her talk. And I would love to swap recipies with her.

    November 28, 2012 at 3:12 am
  4. Amanda Moore

    My dream dinner guest would be Martha Stewart. She is my idol when it comes to DIY decor, cooking, and gifts. I know I would have the entire house decked out to the T. I would just want to hear from her the correct way to carve a turkey, set a pretty table setting, and her quick/easy tips. She would help me start new traditions for my new family.

    November 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm
  5. Juanita Clark

    My dream dinner guests would be the members of the Constitutional Convention. I would love to hear Ben, George, John and Thomas narrate what made the decisions come forward that were placed in it and what they thought of the interpretations of it today.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm
  6. Mary Brawley

    My dream dinner guests would be my mother, who is basically a shut-in now, and my deceased father. Just one more Christmas together would be awesome.

    November 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm
  7. Donna Fenton

    My dream dinner guest would be Dean Martin – I am definitely not from the generation that he became popular during and entertained, but my mother always played Dean Martin’s Winter Wonderland album when I lived at home and she started playing it the day after Thanksgiving and played it on through Christmas. By the time I was a teenager I had every song memorized and the sound of Dean Martin’s voice made me as dreamy as the girls that grew up listening to him. As a girl I watched him on TV and thought he was so handsome – and funny. If I could spend an evening listening to him talk – and sing – wow, that would be fabulous. Silly I know, but guess what, my daughter who is 23 feels the same way because I brought her up with the same tradition – she swoons over his voice also and has all the Winter Wonderland songs memorized : )

    November 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  8. Heather Gibbs

    One last dinner with the loved ones that have passed away. Just a chance to tell everyone how thankful we are and how loved and blessed we all are here on earth and with the ones who have passed on. .

    November 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm
  9. jea smith

    my dream dinner guest would be H L Mencken. What a coversation we would have!

    November 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  10. Stacy

    I would love to have dinner with my Sisters, Mother, and Grandmother. Our Grandmother passed away a few days after my Mother was born so none of us ever got to meet or know her. It would be a wonderful dinner.

    November 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm
  11. Greg

    The holidays are always a time of traveling, filled with over the river and through the woods kind of travelers. I remember as a kid sitting in that far back third-row seat in my dad’s green station wagon with the plood siding, the seat that faced backwards. It seemed as if my brother and I (no seatbelts to my recollection) were in a completely different car than my parents. We would ride all over the snow covered streets in that whale with my dad expertly manipulating the rear-wheeled drive with only the weight of two small boys over the rear axle. But when it comes to hitting the road, was there ever a more famous traveler than Jack Kerouac? Through his books I am left to imagine the road wearied Jack and Dean pulling into his sister’s Rocky Mount, NC house for dinner on their way to NYC. After a wild non-stop, cross country journey that started in San Francisco or Denver barley thirty-six hours before, that led them through New Orleans to see Burroughs because his letter reported that Ginsburg was due in town, but only for three hours because his own trip was taking him to Mexico City. Seven years of crisscrossing our great land by bus, car and thumb soaking up every possible culture that our melting pot has to offer. The Southern sensibilities were surely rattled by these two until Jack’s mother insisted they shower and shave before joining the ranks of the civilized at the dinner table. And sure they spoke too loudly as they recalled their various misadventures; the loves found and lost, the dinners of wine and cheese or worse just wine, seeing Charlie Parker at a jazz club play for hours before narrowly making their 3 a.m. escape out of the back alley stage door after something they supposedly did or failed to do. To join in that raucous conversation among the free-for-all of hands stuffing wonderful food into starving mouths and down to stomachs that haven’t been filled in days would have your senses racing. No sooner would the meal be complete than away they would go again, and this time with you in tow, perhaps to a locals only drinking establishment open for those lonely souls that will serve as the basis for the stories of the next adventure. Be it a holiday dinner or a regular Sunday afternoon family get-together, spending time in the presence of truly wild icons of post-WWII America and listen to their perspectives would be enlightening, and a joy to the modern adventurer.

    November 19, 2012 at 9:05 am
  12. jane

    i can see me my family in the kitchen preparing any meal with this wonderfull knife set

    November 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm
  13. cindy champion

    My dream dinner guest would be my father. He passed away when I was 10 months old. I have heard but wonderful stories about him and how much he loved me. My 55th birthday is in about a month, and serving my homecooked dinner to him would be a dream come true birthday present.

    November 18, 2012 at 6:25 am
  14. Claudia

    My dream dinner guest would be my grandma. Would love to have one more holiday with her.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  15. veanderson

    My dream dinner guests would be my children and their spouses….
    you will never know how hard I’m wishing and praying for this

    November 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm
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    November 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  17. Sharon Heaps

    My dream dinner guest would be my husband’s Father; Charles. He died not to long before my husband and I began dating and I really would loved to have met him. I know Bob’s father would be so proud of him and what he has accomplished in life, and just to have him for one more day for my husband would make him a dream dinner guest.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  18. Donna Hudson

    My dream dinner guest would be Julia Child (RIP). I might be a wee bit intimidated by her because my cooking skills do not compare to hers. I would serve her a good Southern meal including biscuits with a little honey on the side for good measure. It would be great to hear her “take” on Southern cuisine.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm
  19. Rhonda Delk

    Mother Teresa – I am sure she could teach me a lot about hospitality and gratefulness.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  20. Sunnymay

    My dream dinner guest would be Michael Ruhlman who wrote “The Making of a Chef” where he went to and graduated from the Culinary Institute. I figure on picking his brain as to what makes the easiest food for entertaining and how to fix mistakes in cooking.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm
  21. Carl Lumsden

    I would love to have my wife’s grandparents, all of them passed just before we met, and my maternal grandparents, who I never really knew. I would just love to have our whole family there to share the news that we are having our first baby boy and that both families’ traditions and names would be carried on to a new generation. It would be great to meet the people that influenced my wife so much, she still shares her memories of them at every holiday and misses them so much. And I would love to meet the people who made my mom the strong, loving Southern lady that she has always been. Oh the memories and stories I wish I could hear from those special people I never met.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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