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5 Knives #7: I went to the woods.

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Blog entry by AJM posted 03-01-2013 12:57 PM 988 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finland is famous for woods and my mother in law has a small one 13.5 hectare and her brother has about 20 hectares.

I was helping take some trees for fire wood and I noticed some brown dots in the birch. I know this does not make it the much fabled curly birch I would like to get for knife handles. But for free and saving it from the fire.
Well it makes me feel happy and in 8 months time it could quite well be used for some handles.
It is now split and off the floor and in the barn to allow it to dry slower.

Nice days work!

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.



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Boatman53

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 01:15 PM

Nice stash of wood. Did you paint the ends of the logs to help prevent splitting? Thank you for sharing the building process. I’ve got a couple of knife blanks from Norway that need handles.
Stainless is very tough to thread. I wouldn’t expect that end to be hardened but maybe if you heated it with a torch to soften it it might thread easier.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 05:09 PM

I have 1 part way complete. 4 more to do on the knife blanks i am trying to read and translate some swedish books on knife handle making. so wait before you make your knives you might be surprised by some of the other designs.
Curly Birch is expensive. this is not quite curly birch it has some markings but not a full on “masur”
https://www.brisa.fi/portal/index.php?option=com_oscommerce&osMod=index&cPath=91_10
the web link has a standard.. and it should be a bit less then that.
Jim I wont paint the wood. this is my first lot of stored and self dried wood. (there are a quite a few more in the woods) (and i am trying to teach myself to chect the wood and dampen it if necessary.)
But if it does split badly i will do it next year for sure.
one of the features of my next knife is under some chipboard on top of the wood Birch Bark for segment spacers.
so please keep following the knife blog

AJM

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 08:48 PM

I have been advised by my wood work teacher to seal the wood with cheap wood glue on the ends.

I will do that rather than paint.

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 12:35 AM

I’m glad to hear you are going to seal the ends. I was worried some good wood might have gone to waste.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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