|Project by RusticJohn||posted 01-08-2015 03:55 AM||3719 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
I do a bit of bone carving from time to time and as is usual for me, I make my own tools. These are a few gravers made from several different types of steel. Some are carbide, some HSS and others old files. The critical factor is the hardness and the bevel on the cutting edge. The handles are pretty straight forward make from any wood I happen to have at hand. I quite like using branches with some of the bark left on as it gives a very creative craftsman like look. Sort of implies that you have the freedom of creative thought to use whatever nature gives you rather than a formally worked piece of wood.
A couple of the handles are made from rose wood from a rose bush. Its not nearly as stunning as proper “rosewood” but still makes a nice solid handle. There is a bit of black smithing involved in the blades that I really enjoy. Its amazing how much good steel is just lying around, generally considered more or less worthless, for people like me to find. Thank goodness most people don’t know the great finds that are there for those with the seeing eye.