LumberJocks

Another Ulu

  • Advertise with us
Project by JDBlades posted 05-21-2012 03:51 AM 1672 views 1 time favorited 5 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





5 comments so far

View Dave's profile

Dave

11184 posts in 1529 days


#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." http://chiselandforge.com

View BigTiny's profile

BigTiny

1664 posts in 1577 days


#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)

Paul

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

View Woodbridge's profile

Woodbridge

2778 posts in 1107 days


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

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

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View snowdog's profile

snowdog

1132 posts in 2671 days


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

Like a lot, simple and clean.

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

View Bluepine38's profile

Bluepine38

2907 posts in 1774 days


#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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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