Another Ulu

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Project by JDBlades posted 05-21-2012 03:51 AM 2311 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ended up with a bit of extra birds eye maple after making a full kitchen knife set for my parents, so to complete their set, I decided to use the scrap to make my mom a Mother’s Day present – an ulu, which is a traditional Inuit skinning knife. I bought a couple of these blade blanks a while ago and had been waiting to use some appropriately sized scraps. They’re great for slicing up fruit and vegetables, dicing herbs and greens, and chopping up meat. Also excellent as a pizza cutter. It’s a nice design, since it allows the user to get more weight and force directly over the cutting blade.

I rough shaped the wood, epoxied it onto the handle and got to work with a couple different power sanders, and eventually plain old sandpaper and elbow grease. I used a piece of red oak (stained with MinWax Red Mahogany) with a 10 or so degree slot cut into it for the base. Finish for both the ulu and the base consisted of a few coats of Tung Oil Finish. Mom’s happy, and generally when she’s happy, everyone’s happy.

Comments, questions, suggestions, good jokes and all other manner of verbiage welcome.

-- I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it - Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 05:25 AM

I would like to no more on the metal of the blade. Did you anneal and temper it? The piece is beautiful. Great job. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 07:57 AM

You’ve got the Ulu, now you need some muktuk to cut up with it. (muktuk = whale skin and blubber)


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 10:28 AM

Beautiful piece, Very nice. I like the picture with the reflection.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 10:59 AM

Like a lot, simple and clean.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 02:26 PM

Wonderful set of knives and that ulu is a great utensil, but the wife is a little nervous about it, so it is usually
just used to cut pizza. Where did you get blade blanks? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 01:43 AM

Very nicely done. And nice pictures, too – I like the reflection.

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