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  1. Mud cured green Osage root ball projects

    I get a lot of mud cured green Osage and never knew what to do with the pieces too small for duck call blanks. Well finally I decided to carve a few to see what they looked like. Wow. This stuff looks amazing when all sanded up. Now I save every root big enough to make a cane. My friend does the...
  2. Osage Orange one piece pistol grip (Ruger GP-100)

    Recently used some of the Osage Orange wood I've been playing with and made a new grip for my Ruger GP-100 357. It's a one piece grip when finished that slides over the handle frame of the revolver. All the inside milling was done on the drill press with router bits. The outside shaping and...
  3. Bodark bowl (reclaimed farm post)

    This bowl is about 9 inches in diameter. My father-n-law back in Alabama brought me this nice chunk of bodark. This one is no telling how old, but it made two nice size bowls for me and I have enough left to make a couple of pens. Bodark is probably more commonly known around woodworkers as...
  4. Japanese Planing Board w/Sliding Dovetails

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here View on YouTube My workspace is pretty limited. in being so I have to get creative and look to different means for accomplishing my goals. That's one of many reasons I study and practice Japanese woodcraft, the entire thought process behind the...
  5. Hatchet Restoration With Bodark Handle

    This is a hatchet restoration with a Bodark handle from a local tree I've had curing for a while. I found the axe head while metal detecting on my property. It was in very bad shape and initially I didn't know if it was worth restoring. After several days soaking in rust remover and a lot...
  6. Walnut, Bodark & Mesquite Toy

    Does anyone remember having one of these??? I used to make these as a kid. I would find some metal band strapping and cut a length approximately 4 inches. Next you fold it so the holes in the strapping line up in the middle and clean up the edges. It's only about 1 ¾" long and ¾" wide. I...
  7. Wooden Pocket Knife

    This is an all wood Trapper style pocket knife….except for the brass pins. These are fun to make. They are a challenge because of all the minor adjustments that are necessary for it to function just like a real knife. I make mine as close to actual size as possible so I use the very hard...
  8. Wooden Rigging Knife

    I love to make wooden pocket knives, but this one is different. A friend of mine dropped by the shop a couple of months ago to see what I was up to. I showed him a knife I was working on and he told me he had a knife he bet I'd never seen before and told me I could have. He brought it by the...
  9. Wooden Pocket Knife With Swing Guard

    I thought I'd make another wooden pocket knife except this time I wanted to try making one with a swing guard. This knife is a wooden replica of a RR1326. It's only 3.5 inches closed and 6.25 inches open. I used Bodark heartwood that is less than 10 years old for the spacers. I used Bodark...
  10. Keepsake Box with Wooden Pocket Knife

    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...
  11. Wooden Automatic Pocket Knife

    This is not my first wooden pocket knife, but it is my first wooden automatic pocket knife. I have a friend in Covington Texas that makes beautiful custom knives. He made me the first DA auto conversion knife I'd ever seen several years ago and since then I wondered if it was possible to make...
  12. Wooden Pocket Knives With Boxes

    I love making wooden pocket knives as close to actual scale as possible. The parts representing steel on all the knives are made from Bois de'arc sap wood because of it's strength and white color. It's also known as Bodark, Horse Apple, Osage Orange or Hedge Apple. Some of the knives have...
  13. Shaving bowl and brush

    My Daughter ended up claiming this one for her legs. It's a 5 inch bowl and matching brush with a CA finish. She squeaked when she realized she could have it. ( Don't get a squeak every day for my wood work!) Osage orange with a silver tip brush.
  14. Mother and Daughter Box

    This is a wedding gift for our cousins daughter. The wood is Bodark, yellow, and Padauk, red. These were ripped and glued together and mitered on the table with a rig. Dado was cut for the bottom insert, it is cedar, I always use cedar for the bottoms of my boxes. Dry fitted and and glued, miter...
  15. Carved Osage Orange Bowl

    I made this bowl to give to a friend at work. It's 11" diameter and 2.5" tall. It's finished with Danish oil and Beall buffed with carnuba wax. Down here in Texas this is called bodark, and where I grew up in Missouri we just called it hedge, but I think it also goes by osage orange...
  16. Bois d'Arc Ring

    This is a ring of bois d'Arc (Osage, hedge, et al) I made for myself a couple weeks ago. I have a metal wedding band but it's never fit that well. I honestly think this is more attractive too. The color has already darkened quite a bit… It just keeps getting better looking! I've made a couple...
  17. Mixed Trash Tree Boxes

    These boxes are made of wood from trees most folks call trash trees. They may look like trash on the outside, have rough bark, long thorns, liter your yard after a storm and don't live long, but they can have some of the most beautiful color and grain on the inside. After making my first box...
  18. Wooden Pocket Knives & Gift Boxes

    Here are some examples of wooden pocket knives and gift boxes. Generally when I give someone a pocket knife I make a pocket knife gift box out of the same wood used for the handle. I put the pocket knife in a leather pouch made by Case then put it in the box. However in these examples the...
  19. Air Force Box & Pocket Knife

    As mentioned in an earlier project, I enjoy refurbishing pocket knives and typically I make a pocket knife gift box made out of the same wood used to make the handles (scales) for the knife. This project illustrates such an example. The pocket knife is a basic Trapper style Imperial. It's not...
  20. Custom Straight Razor Scales

    My younger brother followed his passion and decided to become a barber a few years ago and his oldest son followed in his footsteps. He embraces the old fashion barber style and introduced those techniques in his own barbershop. Earlier this year he bought the old T&P Railroad Section House...
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