Blacksmith coal forging classs and the tools I made there. #3: Small spoon knife, making the handle

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-03-2016 02:24 PM 4640 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Small spoon knife
making the handle

Simple handle for a small spoon knife.
Some tools are both beautiful and functional when kept rough in finish.
This spoon knife will have a sideways twist when in use so a strong hold will be useful so my hand will not get tired, also I thought the blade and the handle should have the same grade of finish, so I decided to use some beautiful wood, but to keep it simple and rough.

Hand forged blade, welded on to a rod.

Made it since I needed a small radius spoon knife and could not get one.

And yes it was a challenge and great fun plying at the forge, making something that small.

Basically just some steel, shaped, hardened and sharpened.
I really like this new door that have opened.

Simply drilling a hole in a small block of masurbirch, this wood have the most wonderful grain, like flames.

A hole for the rod to fit in.

Cleaning up so the glue will hang on.

Then epoxy in the hole.
I use the fast version when the job is easy.

Clean of the extra.

Drawing a rough sketch of the handle.

Cutting it on the band saw.

Same on the side.

After rough cutting it on the band saw, I really like the grip I got.

So much that I just sand it light and soak it in linseed oil and brand it.

I feel I managed to make some decent tools now, kind of proud, like a feeling of ending the circle, finally making the whole tool, from iron to handle.

After sharpening they get a leather wrap to protect the blade and then they can become members of the carving family.

Brought it with me to Turkey where we have rented a small house by the sea for the holydays.
Like this I could sit and finish some spoons.

With a view like this, woodworking are getting a new dimension.

Hope this post can inspire others to make their own tools.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 02:58 PM

Just great as usual Mads. Must have been a blast on Fyn doing your course.


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

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 07:06 PM

Again, Mads, a wonderful journey!

If there is one thing I regret on my journey through woodworking, it is not having a workshop that has a view of nature through windows and doors.

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

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 12:31 PM

Madts, yes I had the most wonderful time.
Lew, luckily we look at what we work with most of the time… ;-)
Best thoughts,

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

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