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Project by BrentB posted 11-18-2021 08:03 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a lot of keepsake boxes in the past. I’ve also made several all wooden pocket knives. I’ve made boxes for the pocket knives too, but I haven’t made a keepsake box that includes a place to store a pocket knife. The box is made from a large Mesquite burl.

The knife scales are made from some Bodark that dates back to the 18th century. I’ll tell you the story if you’re interested. The rest of the knife is made from some Bodark heart and sap wood I harvested about 10 years ago.

Here are the parts for the knife. By the way, fellow LJ Vernon was my inspiration to start making all wooden pocket knives. You should take a look at his projects and blog (poospleasures)

Here is the box before finishing.

The finish on both the knife and box is blonde shellac applied using the French Polishing technique. I feel like I have more control over the final overall finish that way.

Thanks for taking a look!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.





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pottz

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#1 posted 11-18-2021 08:18 PM

that box is stunning.never heard of bodark though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-18-2021 08:23 PM



that box is stunning.never heard of bodark though.

- pottz

Thanks! Bodark is also referred to as Bois d’arc, Osage Orange, Horse Apple, Hedge Apple and I could go on. It’s an ugly tree with lots of thorns and produces a dense green brain looking fruit about the size of a grapefruit. It’s hard as a rock. I used to own an old Victorian home built in 1898 that used Bodark for piers.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 11-18-2021 09:56 PM

In Ohio we call it Hedge Apple because of the huge apple like green bumpy bombs it drops all over our country roadways each Fall, and they almost always are found along roadside ditches, and tree lines, and Forest edges, leading to the hedge part.

Beyond our area it has hundreds of other regional names, with Bodark almost exclusively being Southern. Bois d’arc is French in nature, so I imagine they have similar across the pond. Same damn hard wood though, makes a terrific mallet head.

That box is beautiful. That Mesquite burl is very nice. I like the buckle on the box, you don’t mention it, but for me it draws me in more than the burl, such a natural form, on a structured box.

Cool box.

-- Think safe, be safe

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BrentB

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#4 posted 11-18-2021 10:54 PM



That box is beautiful. That Mesquite burl is very nice. I like the buckle on the box, you don t mention it, but for me it draws me in more than the burl, such a natural form, on a structured box.

- therealSteveN

You’re right, I guess I did forget the ‘buckle’. I like to use live edge for the contrast. Thanks for mentioning it!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#5 posted 11-18-2021 11:14 PM

Beautiful Craftsmanship on that box and the fact not sh looks amazing. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 11-18-2021 11:19 PM

Thanks Eric!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#7 posted 11-19-2021 03:20 AM

Beautiful box and nice knife! I was going to mention Vernon; glad you did. Haven’t heard from him for a while, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 11-19-2021 11:36 AM

That is a great looking box and very nice work on the knife. I have never seen a mesquite burl. Where was that one found? The grain is really neat.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-19-2021 12:11 PM

A think of beauty. The putty-like, organic shape of the buckle serves as a neat contrast to the sharp, straight lines of the box.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#10 posted 11-19-2021 03:22 PM



Beautiful box and nice knife! I was going to mention Vernon; glad you did. Haven’t heard from him for a while, though.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks Dave. Actually I talked to Vernon yesterday. He said some nonsense about getting old and not getting to the shop much. He’s working on knife #1126. That’s amazing.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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BrentB

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#11 posted 11-19-2021 03:29 PM



That is a great looking box and very nice work on the knife. I have never seen a mesquite burl. Where was that one found? The grain is really neat.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim. That particular burl came from a ranch in Abilene Texas. There’s a lot of Mesquite out there. I have another Mesquite burl filled with bird’s eye patterns. Around here most folks consider it a nuisance tree and push them up in big piles and burn them. Other’s use it for smoking BBQ. They’re not hard to find if you know what you’re looking for because they don’t form on every Mesquite tree.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#12 posted 11-20-2021 02:47 AM


Thanks Dave. Actually I talked to Vernon yesterday. He said some nonsense about getting old and not getting to the shop much. He s working on knife #1126. That s amazing.

That’s good to hear, Brent, thanks! I was worried we’d lost another ‘jock.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 11-20-2021 03:22 AM

Incredible work all the way around.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#14 posted 11-22-2021 12:31 PM

Awesome!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#15 posted 11-22-2021 04:55 PM


That’s good to hear, Brent, thanks! I was worried we’d lost another ‘jock.

- Dave Polaschek

You’re exactly right Dave. A few years ago Vernon commented on one of my knives. Then again and again. He reached out to me privately and we visit now and then. He imparts his knowledge and offers his help unconditionally anyway he can. I would love to shake this man’s hand. In my opinion he truly represents what being a LumberJock is all about. He no doubt has touched a lot of lives through his woodwork. I very much appreciate your interest.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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