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Friday, June 19, 2015

New knife

Little Birdseye Maple handled detail knife, off for 'independent assessment' today.  Forging a little blade like this lets me learn a little quicker- make it, take notes and go on the the next.  I have a hard time photographing the blade- hi polish reflects light no matter what angle I try.  Eventually I'll get to forging a integral knife with a leather wrapped handle.  Few more bugs to work out first...

June 22- sent this knife off last week to another carver, wanted his opinion on it- his comment floored me on the forum:  "I swear that it starts to cut before it touches the wood. "

Thank you.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Not exactly whittling....

I have been busy, bit of yard work, new fence and some gardening for the first time in 6 years or more.  Decided to raise a bed, cheap and easy is 2x8 from the big box store, not so easy when I decided to make the front piece look like something else.  I used a little Proxon grinder with an 8-tooth chainsaw wheel for most of the faux rock, and an abrasive carbide wheel to round the edges. Tomatoes, peppers, beans, celery, zucchini and a few favorite roots- radish, beets and carrots.  I've been planting a mix of roots every week for a staggered harvest (that's the plan)  I don't want to hear from anyone about my tiny plants, I'm working on it.  I'll do better next year.

Just past the bed are four little patches planted last fall or so- garlic, onions, chives, and more onions.  At the end of the year I'll raise another bed for all those items.

There's another bed-in-process just off my right shoulder in this pic, I'm about half done on a matching front piece.  That one will have basil, strawberries, daisies and maybe a little thyme.

Some new study says digging in the dirt is therapeutic.  Wonder how much we paid for that?