What's going on in your shop?

John Wilson

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Over the holidays I took a few weeks off from grinding. I've been wanting to try leather carving and Tandy ran a great sale so I picked up some tools and took a whack at it.

This was my first attempt at carving and stamping.

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That first one was full of flaws, and just like my knifemaking career so far I figured the only way to proceed is to continue failing my way to success.

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Most frustrating is that I can't cut a straight line to save my life. And the whole moisture level thing is a total crapshoot for me at this point because I'm pretty clueless. "When the leather begins to return to its natural color..." is apparently something I lack the natural ability to determine with any reasonable accuracy.



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J. Doyle

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Looks pretty good for 'first attempts' John. I think you're gonna hit your stride with that leather.
 

John Wilson

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Thanks Daniel and John. Getting control over that swivel knife is no small feat. I feel like a gorilla trying to write in cursive for the first time.
 

wall e

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Daniel is that osage orange and copper pins on the warn cliff? It looks like a nice field kitchen knife
 

John Wilson

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8in Chef

AEB-L blade
Pommelle Koa handle, contoured

I rounded the spine as well as the choil to the heel.

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John Wilson

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thanks Daniel!

what's that gizmo on your blank?

edit: Doh! i should have enlarged the pic on my phone. Now I see it's a bolster.


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Justin Presson

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John that handle combo looks super nice!

Daniel I like that blade profile and it looks really clean can't wait to see it done.
 

wall e

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Am cooking a batch of micarta and hoping it turns out. Black blue and white
Daniel an John are making me wish I had chose to work on a knife instead.
 
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wall e

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At the moment is still curing. I am going to share my final product pics tomorrow. Btw those who haven't made any of this stuff yet it smells wonderful outside and needed a fan to blow fumes away from the door still. Lol
 

wall e

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Two scales and two sizes due to it being my first go at this I learned that wet is not saturated and more resin is better. Lol
 
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