Bone Carving Tools.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 01-08-2015 03:55 AM 18234 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a bit of bone carving from time to time and as is usual for me, I make my own tools. These are a few gravers made from several different types of steel. Some are carbide, some HSS and others old files. The critical factor is the hardness and the bevel on the cutting edge. The handles are pretty straight forward make from any wood I happen to have at hand. I quite like using branches with some of the bark left on as it gives a very creative craftsman like look. Sort of implies that you have the freedom of creative thought to use whatever nature gives you rather than a formally worked piece of wood.

A couple of the handles are made from rose wood from a rose bush. Its not nearly as stunning as proper “rosewood” but still makes a nice solid handle. There is a bit of black smithing involved in the blades that I really enjoy. Its amazing how much good steel is just lying around, generally considered more or less worthless, for people like me to find. Thank goodness most people don’t know the great finds that are there for those with the seeing eye.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 05:23 AM

Pretty cool! I bought a knife and a skew from Harold Enlow that he made using springs from a La-Z-Boy recliner.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 07:47 AM

You and Mads are setting the rest of us a good example to follow and carrying on a great tradition.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 10:59 AM

Wauuu, I love them all.
Looks like a circular saw blade carbide tip on one of them, did you cut this out from one?
Really lovely and life full knifes.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 06:33 PM


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#5 posted 01-09-2015 08:53 AM

Thank you for the comments Guys. Yes I did cut the carbide tips from a saw blade that nobody could see a use for.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 02:04 PM

;-) clever.

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

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