|Project by BrentB||posted 06-01-2016 03:44 PM||1203 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Here are some examples of wooden pocket knives and gift boxes. Generally when I give someone a pocket knife I make a pocket knife gift box out of the same wood used for the handle. I put the pocket knife in a leather pouch made by Case then put it in the box. However in these examples the wood used for the gift box is different than that used for the pocket knife handle.
The gift boxes are made of Mesquite Burl. They are approximately 5×2x2. I like to incorporate live edges with my Burl boxes to juxtapose the beautiful bird’s eye inside with the harsh exterior of the Mesquite. For the finish I used Shellac and the French Polishing technique.
I only recently tried my hand at making wooden pocket knives. I like to refurbish pocket knives for friends and give them new wooden handles (scales). My two elementary age nephews showed some interest so last Christmas I got each of them a well known brand wooden pocket knife kit along with a well known brand real pocket knife kit. I figured they should learn about the internal workings of a pocket knife using the wooden kit before trying the real thing. After seeing the wooden kit knives put together I thought to myself they sure could look a lot better if someone took the time to make them. I figured there must be lots of folks out there making wooden pocket knives as a hobby so I got on-line and searched for examples. Much to my surprise I found very few examples. In fact, most examples were from fellow LJ member Vernon.
These pocket knives are made from two types of wood. The lighter colored wood is White Pine and represent the stainless steel parts of a pocket knife. I like to accent the spring with a little file work.
The handle on these particular knives are made from some really old Bodark and there is an interesting story behind this wood. My home was built in 1898. My neighbor’s house was built in 1886. A couple of years ago he was under his house doing some leveling and replaced a Bodark pier with a concrete pier. Using Bodark for piers was very common in those days because its durability and he gave it to me. I put it on the band saw and crosscut the top so I could count the rings and found it to have 146. Consider the house was built 130 years ago and the Bodark tree was cut down at that time and used as piers then add 146 years for the ring count; that means the Bodark tree started growing in 1740, which was 276 years ago. Thirty six years before the original 13 Colonies declared independence from England. When this Bodark tree was 12 years old Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity when flying his kite in an electrical storm. I made my neighbor a plaque for letting me have the old growth wood.
There’s not much of it left. The rough end was in the ground. It’s not too worn considering it’s been in the ground for 130 years. My neighbor told me I could have more next time he goes under his house. My house has them too, but it’s too hard for me to get under my house.
New growth Bodark shown in the photo below looks a lot different compared to the old however I suppose the years of weathering and soaking up minerals from the soil has a lot to do with it.
-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.