Whittling - 2 rattles and a chain loop

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Project by redtail posted 02-18-2017 03:57 AM 1799 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few whittling projects from 35 years ago when I was in college. We spend our summers at an off the grid cabin in northern Maine. Whittling is how I passed time in the evenings since I did not like to read.

Made the small, 2 ball rattle first. The tapered rattle was second followed by the chain. The chain is made from a 2×4 that was part of my parents house. I picked it up during a remodel project.

There is a third rattle with a ball in a box on each end and a braided handle in between. It was a gift to my sister in law.

All of this was done with a jack knife. I switched to one with a locking blade part way through after cutting finger pretty well.

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 08:43 AM

The chain looks very good!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 12:43 PM

I’ve seen carvers selling their wares that weren’t half this good. Terrific job!

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 10:48 PM

Great job. I enjoy whittling chains but have never tried a chain loop. You must have another hobby, I see a couple of honey supers in the background. Nice looking rattles also. Whittling and bees, can’t beat it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 02-19-2017 10:33 AM

That is great work

Those pieces of work remind me of my grandfather he used to do that sort of work in his spare time using old wooden clogs or Herring barrels, you could always tell when he did not have much work because he would whittle and sell them to make up his wages.

- Boilermaker3831

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#5 posted 02-20-2017 01:27 PM

really cool projects!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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