A few sheaths I made in Turkey this summer
I did say I did almost no woodworking, but I did mange to make a little leather working in the shadow during some of the warm days, besides making the divan.
Of course I had time for Turkish coffee and good cognac, especially when I could share it with my better half.
Brought with me a few knifes with me to Turkey for the holiday, three of them needed sheaths and before I left Denmark, I made the leather part and pre drilled the holes so I only needed to bring sewing gear and a few other things.
So it was just to get going with the sewing.
As so often before I use my favourite clamp.
Also found out that a dustpan is a super cool holder while sewing.
Like this both hands are free for double stitching.
That’s it three knifes got sheaths.
Same idea, different ways.
To make a perfect fit to the knifes, the sheaths were soaked in warm water with a wee baking soda.
Patience and coffee.
The blades are given a thin layer of grease and then wrapped in cling film.
Like this they will not rust and the wood not be damaged by the water.
Then fitted in the sheath.
Yes they all fit fine, even they are tight now when wet.
Now time for more tobacco and compressing the leather.
This is hard work.
Please notice how I sweat!
Working in this heat is quite a challenge.
I use a home made tool, made it from a piece of antler, this is hard but not too hard and then smooth.
The leather are compressed and pushed into the shape.
Patters can also be made like this.
The backside also.
The more you compress the stronger and stiffer a sheath.
Now they just need to dry, in this heat that’s not a big issue.
And I can cool down with a gin tonic.
Now dry and I guess it’s clear to see the difference from before the compressing.
The sheaths now get leather grease, this will protect them and keep the leather alive.
I also like to give them hardener, this makes then get this wonderful crisp sound, almost as if they were made of wood.
Even here in the summer, it can be handy with a flash light.
Perhaps dear Filiz should hold the light and not the camera…
But no complaints when she brings tea.
Three knifes got sheaths.
Not all happy with the drilling I did for the stitching but it’s ok.
The sides will be trimmed on a sander back in Copenhagen.
This one I call: small fish.
Made a knife for Filiz in the shape of a fish and then this one as I was at it.
This one is: The pirates knife: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/107604
A replica of a knife my forefather the pirate made.
Finally the: Stanley 5.5 blade knife: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/103520
This one I made when I visited Jamie in Scotland, his friend Ron and I had a great time together, transforming a old Stanley blade into knifes.
So thanks for watching, perhaps not a real wood blog, but making these sheaths are a important part of the knife making and therefore I think it is worth sharing.
By the way I’m back in Turkey soon, just for a short visit, wonder if the Jawa missed me…
If you want to learn more about my process of making a knife and sheath, you can hit this link:
Hope this can inspirer or just bring a wee smile.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.