you for visiting
Erik'sEdge.com. My name is Erik Farrow and I am based in San Rafael,
At this time, the begining of 2008, my web site has been up for about eight years. In the real world things continue to change and
move forward. I have decided to update and extend the vision of my web
site to include the sale of authentic antique tribal art as I sell in
my gallery. In doing so I thought I would update this "about me" page
to include more of what I do, and what has grown out of the last eight
years or so.
My initial interest and collecting of antique weapons has fueled and
extended out to the study and appreciation of the tribal cultures that
that they came from. As I learn about the culture, I have grown to
appreciate, collect, and sell other aspects of ethnographic art in
addition to the weapons. The other large influence that has helped me
greatly in the appreciation, authenticity and value of tribal art is my
art restoration business. In 1994 I joined my father, Al Farrow, in the
art restoration business that he did as a sideline to his own
sculpture. Together we have a business restoring art with a major
percentage of our clients in the ethnographic world both as dealers and
collectors. This gave me the opportunity to hold in my hands and study
a large range of ethnographic art from some of the best dealers and
collectors in the Bay Area. This was and still is an invaluable
education that would be hard to find elsewhere.
Farrow Fine Art Gallery is located 20 minutes North of San Francisco,
California. At my by appointment gallery I show and sell a variety of
antique tribal art from Indonesia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas. I
take pride in selling authentic antique tribal art that was made for,
and used by the traditional culture the artwork is from. I look for not
only the historical importance of a piece, but also for the esthetic
artistic quality that will make a piece stand on its own as a good
piece of art.
For my personal taste in ethnographic art I am drawn to objects made by
warrior clans. The art, weapons and shields of these warrior peoples
have a power that is not only seen, but also felt, like an emotion. I
feel objects of tribal art are admired for three basic qualities:
beauty, form, and power. Beauty and form are a thing that is seen with
the eye, and a matter of personal taste. Power is an unseen force that
is felt when in the presence of a piece that was empowered by the maker
and the rituals it was used for. I enjoy both beautiful art, and art
with great form, but powerful art moves me the most.
Please visit the gallery when in the San Francisco area. You can also
contact me by phone or email if you are looking for a particular item.
All purchases including those from my web site come with a guarantee of
authentication, and satisfaction. It is important to me that the next
owner of any artwork is as happy to live with it as I was.
Thank you for visiting my weapons web page.
My name is Erik Farrow and I am based in Northern California.
I have always been a collector of something. I think it may be
a personality disorder, collectors just can't help themselves.
As a kid I collected matchbooks, bottle caps, railroad ties,
anything I could find for free. Then I graduated to
comic books and pocketknives, and then onto bayonets and
military knives. I have always been drawn to blades.
At about age 15 people started to give me odd knives from
different places around the world, a keris from Java,
a kukrie from India, and a sword from Africa. This opened up
a whole new world for me. I started looking for exotic
weapons, and books on them, and studying the cultures they
came from. I found that there are an unlimited assortment of
weapons available from all around the globe, and I wanted
one of each.
I am still working on getting one of each type of antique
weapon , but it's a long road. I have found that the harder
I look the more I find, and I can't possibly keep all that I
find. So in about 1995 I decided to jump the line of just
being a collector to becoming a dealer. This has opened up a
small but wide spread world of people to me, who truly
appreciate antique bladed weapons. From art collectors, to
martial artists, there are many people looking for a huge
assortment of weapons. I like to connect that perfect piece
to that perfect person, like I have felt has happened to me
so many times before. At the same time always on the lookout
for that sword I just can't live without myself.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions,
to purchase a sword, to sell a sword, to trade a sword,
or just to swap information.
Please buy with confidence,
I guarantee your satisfaction. If you are unhappy for any
reason with your purchase you may send it back within seven
days and your money will be refunded, less the shipping costs.