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 Post subject: Persistence Pays
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:34 pm 
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Hey Folks,

I firmly believe that if you expect to learn anything in this life, you have to be able to rise from failures. So in the wake of some rather humbling opportunities for growth, I can now boast of having completed a small number of left handed, hooked carving knives.

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The top knife in the photo is the original Robin Wood, Woodtools™ knife that was the inspiration for the project. The next one down is my first completed attempt. You’ll note that the curve is slightly tighter. The curve is also not as fair as I would prefer, it has a couple of hard spots, or kinks in it. The handle is cherry and was a close match in size and shape to the original.

The next knife that I made is the fourth from the top, also with a similar sized cherry handle. The curve of that knife is more fair, consistent and open; a better match to the original. I am much happier with that knife than with the first attempt.

After I was able to reproduce my inspiration, I decided to customize a bit. The third knife from the top is my interpretation of a decreasing radius hooked knife. The hook gets tighter toward the tip and allows for deeper hollowing of spoon bowls. I also enlarged the handle a bit to better fit my own hand. The wood is black walnut. All of the handles were burnished and finished with Kukui nut oil.

I also made leather sheaths for all the knives including the slöjd knife.

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How do you sheath a curved knife blade? The tip of the blade fits into the stitched pocket at the strap end and the top is folded over and wrapped. Like this:

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These sheaths were inspired by legendary spoon carver Willie Sundquist, in his book, “Swedish Carving Techniques”.

I am nearly finished making knives for the time being. Although I do want to make one more slöjd knife, and perhaps a scorp for making kuksa (Sámi wooden coffee cups). Then I need to get started on some spoons.

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Tom

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 Post subject: Re: Persistence Pays
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:17 pm 
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Hey Tom,
They look great!
Were they made from old saw blades also?
Sawzall blades?
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 Post subject: Re: Persistence Pays
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:23 pm 
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Hey Zulu,

Yep, from that batch that was donated.

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 Post subject: Re: Persistence Pays
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Those are amazing, Tom. You never cease to amaze with your ever expanding craftsmanship! Thanks for posting those Sheaths. I made a wooden case for the blade of my curved knife....will post it later. I'm unpacking in my new shop...just moved from San Diego back to Texas (Mountain City, near Austin) after 32 years. New shop is MUCH bigger than my old one but as I unpack....seems like all the 'stuff' I've accumulated over the past 20+ years in old shop....will barely fit in this new one....Now how does that happen? :confused:


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