LumberJocks

Wormy Chestnut Carving Knife

  • Advertise with us
Project by Bertha posted 956 days ago 2395 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fortunate enough to purchase some wormy chestnut from a kind fellow in rural West Virginia. He was getting out of cabinetmaking, shifting toward carving. To thank him, I figured I’d make him a simple carving knife. I ordered a blank from Hock some 4mm brass rod from McMaster. I turned it on the lathe then split it with a pullsaw (after some deliberation at handplanes-of-your-dreams. I drove the rivets, trimmed them, and shaped the handle with handtools (the future owner is a BIG man, so the handle is quite stout). I wetsanded it with dark walnut danish oil up to 400 grit but maintained some gouges and imperfections. I shaped the blade just a hair on the Tormek then sharpened it up on a scary sharp plate up to 2500; followed by a rouged stropping. Made a tiny scabbard out of leather and green twine soaked in mink oil. I hope he likes it and thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





23 comments so far

View degoose's profile (online now)

degoose

6973 posts in 1953 days


#1 posted 956 days ago

Top job…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

14589 posts in 2274 days


#2 posted 956 days ago

Nice work Al. If he doesn’t like it, I’ll bet you can give it away here on LJ ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Don W's profile (online now)

Don W

14632 posts in 1166 days


#3 posted 956 days ago

pretty sharp!! :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

View ShaneA's profile

ShaneA

5252 posts in 1196 days


#4 posted 956 days ago

Well done, the owner will no doubt, be happy.

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

15661 posts in 2816 days


#5 posted 956 days ago

Great use of some beautiful wood.

I’m glad to see you doing some actual woodworking in between all the kibbitzing. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View doncutlip's profile

doncutlip

2832 posts in 2154 days


#6 posted 956 days ago

Great handle, looks comfortable.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View moment's profile

moment

2101 posts in 1279 days


#7 posted 956 days ago

Very nicely done ,Al . The wormy chestnut was a nice gift ,and it looks as if you have enough for some further interesting turnings or ‘projects’. Best wishes .

View Grandpa's profile

Grandpa

3046 posts in 1273 days


#8 posted 956 days ago

Good looking tool.

View lanwater's profile

lanwater

3075 posts in 1532 days


#9 posted 956 days ago

That’s a very nice carving knife.
The handle is certainly unique. The brass is a nice touch.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile (online now)

Smitty_Cabinetshop

9584 posts in 1216 days


#10 posted 956 days ago

I think it turned out to be a wonderful knife, Al. Nice job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View Dave's profile

Dave

11142 posts in 1438 days


#11 posted 956 days ago

Great knife AL. It has a handmade look and that’s great.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

View Roger's profile

Roger

14114 posts in 1402 days


#12 posted 955 days ago

looks dee-lux to me

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

View Bertha's profile

Bertha

12951 posts in 1291 days


#13 posted 955 days ago

Thanks guys! I delivered it to his Daughter this morning. I, of course, cut myself playing with it, so I know it works. I’ll let y’all know if he likes it:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View Porchfish's profile

Porchfish

570 posts in 1130 days


#14 posted 955 days ago

Nice job, better idea, best knowing it will be used !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

15404 posts in 1465 days


#15 posted 955 days ago

This knife is outstanding, Al. You do very nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase