2017 - WHAT'S NEW ON THE BENCH
Have a look at what I've been up to lately! I'll be posting my newest projects here so stay tuned!
I finally decided on the handles for my new knives - flame maple and burled elm for the hunters and burled maple for the backpack skinner. I'll head out to the shop to grind the blade bevels next and then glue up the handles.
Time to get back to the shop! I've got a few ideas - cut out a few blanks - now deciding on what wood to use for the handles.
When I come up with a new knife design, I sometimes make several blanks. The challenge is how to make two blades that are the same shape look different. The knives below have the same profile. The knife on the right I made last year using stabilized burled maple, adding some spine filework and beading the handle. The knife on the left I made this spring, building it with stabilized dyed blue flame maple and lots of tang filework. Same blanks - two different looks!
So the creative juices are flowing and I decided to do something really unique with the next knife. I thought for a new twist I would incorporate two different designs into one knife and call it "Split Personality". This knife was entered into the Saskatchewan Craft Council's Juried Biennial 2017 Dimensions Show. It was accepted and is now on a two-year tour across Canada.
This is the white side of the two-faced handle representing sun and daylight.
Time for a fancy knife. The Saskatchewan Arts Council's "Dimensions" show is being held this year so I decided to design and enter a show knife - I called it "Earl of Nottingham". This one was very complicated - the design required 21 separate pieces.
I used AAA Flame Maple on the handle and incorporated loads of fancy filework on the handle.
I've ground out some new blades - now to design some filework for them. This is the next step as filework must be done before the blades are heat treated and fully hardened.
Whenever I create a different style, I make sample sections to keep for future reference. I enjoy doing fancy filework on my knives as it adds an extra element of uniqueness to each blade.
Now a decision about type of wood for the handles.....I think I'll use Spalted Maple and Arizona Desert Ironwood. When finished, these knives will become part of my sportsman model inventory.
Here's the finished product!