Carving tools #4: Old hand forged spoon knife - this one gets a new wooden handle....

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-27-2014 03:30 PM 8425 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Old hand forged spoon knife
this one gets a new wooden handle…

Yea yea yea, I’m hopeless.

In the beginning of this summer I was out sailing in my kayak – yes I was sailing, not rowing…
At the habour I meet a really nice man Henning, he invited me for a coffe and told me he had some old tools he would like to offer me. Months went by and finally I managed to make the visit last week.

This is the kayak, when it’s all rigged up for sailing.
(I managed 5,1 knots this summer, that is great fun in a small vessel like this).

Henning gave me a bucket full of old tools, sadly they had been out and was filled with water and the planes were full of wood beetles, so they can’t all be saved.

A little side story…
When I was driving up there on the country road in my car, right after a overtaking, a buzzard was flying in from the side, for a hundred meters or so we were looking into each others eyes – the bird stayed in this height and hit the wind shield with a giant BANG – I closed my eyes since I was convinced the window would break, but nothing happened except the mirror fell down and I was a bit shocked.
(Since there were traffic I could not stop to see what happened to the bird).
I am still trying to find the meaning…
(To see your image killing a developed eagle signifies that you will achieve your goals with hook or crook. It also suggests that you will not allow anyone to instill conspiracies to prevent you from getting what you have desired. In short such dreams signify that you will overcome every obstacle and will reach your highest goal).

Ok, back on track MaFe, we are actually supposed to see a spoon knife!

So this is the guy we are talking about.
Or was supposed to talk about…

Circular centered cut with bevels on both sides and inside out.
The truth is I think it is a clog makes knife, since Henning had a few tools that I believe was the clog makes.

So first a little destruction, the old poor quality pine handle had to go.
It indicates that the tool has been used by a common worker, when it was in use.
A sweet thank you to my friend Jim for this wonderful mallet, he turned for me and send all the way to Denmark, I use it often and always send you a warm thought.

This is what is left, to some a piece of scrap metal.
To others a piece of history and a tool, just waiting to get life back.

So on to the lathe, finding a good shape.
I use some quite hard wood, a piece of scrap, the pole of a old parasol.

When the shape is there, I give it rings.
This to make a good grip.
Not too fine a finish, this will also make the grip better and it is a tool.

Then a little color and finally my favorite antique wax.

So – a handle is born.


Now I make the iron red hot under a flame, but just the tang, make sure the cutting edge and end gets no heat or it will get dull.

And burn it into the handle.

I stick it in water after and leave it to dry.

All thats left now is sharpening and we are ready to go.

Another child in the tool family.

Thank you Henning.

Hope it can inspire others to bring life to old tools.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 02-27-2014 03:38 PM

Cool Mads. I just wish I could find old tools like that here. Rust is a big problem in my area.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 03:42 PM

Love the kayak pic, I want one!, To bad about the neglected planes. Great job salvaging the hook knife though, Came out great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 03:43 PM

Great post as usual. As for the bird, I’m not sure what it means either. I hit an animal (deer) for the first time this summer, and I spent the next few weeks trying to find some deeper meaning…other than driving slower in the woods, I’m still searching.

Question, what does heating the tang do? Do you then need to hammer or just push it into the new handle to stay firm?

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 03:52 PM

Thanks, Mads! This is the type of knife I am considering making- when I can find the time!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 03:56 PM

Madts, rust is a devil! In this case it was actually the bugs that were the real sinners, hope luck will smile at you.
Mauricio, it’s a Klepper kayak, a folding kayak, so cool.
siavosh, yes I am at the same conclusion now… drive slow. ;-) Yes when you heat the tang and put it in the handle, you make a perfect fit, like a glove, if you find the right temperature, you will need no hammer and too hot you will burn the handle… so experimentation. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 03:56 PM

Cool Lew, now you got the template!
Tell me if you need pictures or measures.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 04:04 PM

Interesting story. Nice restoration..

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 04:43 PM

Those tools really needed a dose of love Mads.
I think they ended up with the right man for the job.

Great work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 04:53 PM

Looks nice. Have you sharpened it up and put it back to work?

Looking forward to some spoon projects. (I need to make a few myself)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 02-27-2014 04:58 PM

Great to see retired tools brought back into active service. Excellent work.

I love the turned hammer you used to split the old handle. Very eye-catching grain pattern.
Did you make it? Is it a blog as well?

Nice Kayak, by the way. Your Viking ancestors would be proud of you! :-))

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#11 posted 02-27-2014 05:11 PM

Well done Mads. You have the rehandling process down pat.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#12 posted 02-27-2014 06:42 PM

Murch, you got me there!
I forgot to write a thank you to my friend Jim for the mallet, I even left it on the picture just to use the chance to say thank you to him again, will do now.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 02-28-2014 12:55 PM

Very cool Mads. You did a fantastic job on this and a great story as well. All the best!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#14 posted 02-28-2014 01:28 PM

Nice revival Mads

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 02-28-2014 02:29 PM

Good looking kayak and kayaker! I do not know if there is a deeper meaning to the bird story. I am sure I would not want to be the one the buzzard was so intent upon! Maybe he was looking at his reflection?
I am just amazed at what can be rescued and brought back to life, speaking of tools here. The blade looks fragile. How is it used (hint hint video request)? I’ve been staring at the group photo and want to know What is that and that and that? The square rolling pin with a knob on top, the one handled draw knife, the ice scraper…?
Thanks for sharing Mads!

-- God bless, Candy

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