|Project by RichCMD||posted 01-11-2017 11:15 PM||589 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I might be stretching the “my project” part of this a bit on this one. I really did not make this myself, but instructed my adult daughter on how to do it. This is the first time I have tried teaching someone else how to do some wood working, and I have to admit I am happy with the results.
She wanted to make something for a party she was attending where they do a “white elephant” gift exchange, but all of the gifts have to be made by the giver. She asked if I would help her do some kind of woodworking project, and after some discussion we decided on the knife. She was only here for a few days over Christmas, so the knife seemed to fit the time we would have. While she was here I guided her through making and attaching the scales. I then gave her some ideas about the final sanding and finishing that she would do when she got back home.
I think the knife turned out pretty well. The handle is desert ironwood, a wood I had never worked with before. It looks really nice, but it was probably not the easiest thing for a novice to work with. Looking back, it probably would have been easier if we had chosen something I had some previous experience with.
Every time I’ve talked to her lately, she tells me how many compliments on the knife she has gotten from her friends. I think she has now developed a desire to get into woodworking. Since she lives in another state, she is looking into the best way to get started.
-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson