|Project by darkhollow||posted 07-20-2011 12:38 AM||4643 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
1) my shop after a busy few weeks. in the middle is my regular-sized shaving horse, which i chainsawed out of a Poplar log and a fork from a black walnut tree. it’s design is a combination of a few found in the Foxfire book series. Peeking out from behind much stuff, hanging up above the shaving horse is a folding-style shaving horse. In the back left corner is my Veritas carving bench, which has proved essential many times over the years. The tool pictures are taken atop this bench. There are two three-legged chopping blocks in the back right corner, made from the base of Oak trees where the grain can be really erratic, and therefore, sturdy. The larger one weighs around 100lbs or so, and is great when I am hewing larger pieces, and mostly, when I wish to stand while hewing. The shorter one i use seated, or when I’m working on longer pieces. It is also the one i take to one-day shows to demonstrate hewing on.
2) Candy Rack O’ Tools! One of my best rescued-from-the-land-fill finds! this old wire candy rack, when lined with cloth, is an excellent home for many of my tools.
3) Hatchets, left-to-right: (Used in place of a bandsaw, tablesaw, etc, for roughing out work. Single-beveled indicates that the hatchet is only sharpened on one side of the edge.) – Antique single-beveled carving hatchet, bought on eBay where it was advertised as a “Child’s Hatchet” for about 20 bucks. This is the most used of my hatchets, and one of the most used of all my tools, as it is used to hew most of my work. – (upside-down) long-bladed, light weight, single-beveled, goose-wing hatchet with a “cirlce M” touchmark. very useful for long slicing cuts. Bought on eBay for around 20 bucks; Sold as a “Viking Battle Axe”! – Old double-beveled, hand-made hatchet. Maker unknown;Found by my grandfather in the 1930’s, along with another that my brother has, at the site of a long abandoned and busted-up still-site. I assume it was the moonshiners, as the revenuers would not have been to such a hurry as to forget their tools, but the ‘shiners would have lit out fast. The handles were totally rotten when granddad found them. the current handle is one granddad made out a a store-bought hammer handle. Used for splitting. – small single beveled, hand-made hatchet. My first carving hatchet. – Japanese double-beveled hatchet, purchased from Garrett-Wade. useful for both splitting and hewing. – Small, heavy, stout single-beveled, antique hatchet with an off-set handle. good when I need the extra weight for bigger cut. – Hand-made, Damascus Tomahawk made by Master Blacksmith Jay Burnham Kidwell. Nice, lightweight, easily packable, beautiful! – Above the Kidwell piece is anothe very nice, heavier hatchet head made by Andy Dohner.
4) Adzes (Think what the child of a hatchet and a gouge would look like!) used for rough- hollowing. – Top left, made by Zack Noble of Bakersville, NC. – Facing that one is one made by Nathan Blank of Spruce Pine, NC. – The big one: Gransfors-Bruks’ Guttering adze. Nice for working really big. – At the bottom of the bench, facing upwards: Large hand adze made by Zack Noble. – above and to the right of that one is an antique coopers adze, from the 1830’s according to the stamp. Still does its job well.
5) A slew of knives (and a useful, Japanese key-hole saw) Including two right-handed and one left handed hook-knife in the bottom right corner, two that I made, one store-bought with a replacement handle made of a chair leg. above them is a modified steak-knife for when I need a really thin blade, like when carving chains. There is a modified Opinel knife, with the blade re-shaped for carving. I have a set of these for when I teach. Above that one is a Knife I made from an antique, hand-forged, straight-razor, that hold an edge forever, and is stout enough for driving with a wooden mallet if need be. Most of my bought-knives get either handle or blade modified, if not both. At the top right corner of the picture are two knives made by Master Blacksmith Chuck Patrick, of Brasstown, NC. The smaller one has a Damascus blade and stag-horn handle. Both are a joy to use. Below them are two crooked knives. I forgot to include my antique Boker and “Otter” folding pocket knives, which I use a lot when I need to be more mobile. The Boker has very worn-down blades, which makes it great for carving chains, caged- balls and other Whimseys. It was given to me by my friend Big John Renick, who assists me when i teach some times. Also not pictured is a set of 13 “Dockyard” micro knives and gouges, and other stuff. The third knife from the top in the middle column is an Opinel No.2; It’s home is in my backpacking emergency bag!
6) Scrapers and Shavers… In the bottom left corner are two store bought, goose-neck scrapers. above tehm, with the wooden handle, is a store-bought, spoon scraper. The big triangular one in the foreground i made from a table saw blade. Above that is a rusty, sickle-bar mower tooth and three scrapers I made from other teeth. Above them is a small, pocket-sized set made for me many years ago by Mark “Sparky” Sperry. Above that is a few draw- and push-knives. at the top left is a Japanese-styled plane I made while assisting Rick Allison in a tool making class. At the bottom right is a home-made stail engine, used for planing round posts and such. Above that is an antique, hand-made travisher that works wonderfully. The brass piece is a Spoon Plane that a couple of good friends got me years back. in the top left corner is a group of spoke shaves, one is round, one is double sided (I haven’t seen the likes of it), one is adjustable, with brass thumb-screws. The smallest one, though is the one i use the most.
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