back in business or solving the Gothic knot!
Ok Mike, I’m back, was actually afraid the willow would be useless now, but I put them in a bag of water, and they even started to make roots…
Hmmmm, øhhhhhh, baaaaa.
Someone help me!!!
Ok, if I close my eyes and try really hard…
First take a knife and divide the willow branch in two.
It might sound easy but it takes concentration, and that you take full control of the knife.
Take the branch and bend it around a round piece of wood.
Tighten and run it forwards and backwards until you feel the fibers are really soft so it will bend easy around the bucket. (If your binding branch is not all fresh leave it in water over night before doing this – I had to…).
It will look like this.
A long cut to make it a wedge shape.
(I know it’s not fine that a knife maker uses a simple Stanley knife sorry).
Clean it up.
Make a cut app. half way through.
Make a cut that goes up to the cross cut in a wedge shape.
You might need to deepen the cross cut on one this side.
Like this, now we have a hook.
(And a little more…)
Here it’s clear to see!
Now cut of some material in the side where you made the hook.
Make one just the same in the other end, only the hook needs to turn the other direction, so they will lock.
And from the back.
Hook and hook.
And a photo of the page I looked at from the wonderful Russian book.
Ok, I’m not sure it was all that fun for Caroline, but she did manage to get some work done, and it was actually her taking the pictures, so I could use both hands. Thank you my sweet Caro.
I’ll see tomorrow my dear Mike if I can finish those bindings!
Hope this can help others solve that Gothic knot!
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.