I have been long time wanted to make very simple knife commonly called "maasepän puukko" in finnish. Idea of that knife was that blade is hand forged (this time I got it readymade), handle simple carved with knife without bolsters and no modern glues used. Only electric tool was a drill cause I simply don´t have any hand drills yet. I´m curious to see how this thing will last of fair use (not abuse, but normal knife use), cause trend seems to be that bushcraft knives should be overbuilt-fulltang-jack-of-all-trades-workhorses. :)
So here we go:
First step was to get some wood just from the woodshed and start to shape it after drilling hole and shaping it with saw-bit.
|Blade and piece of wood. That piece of brass was not used on project. And tang was shortened around 7cm long.|
|Rough shaping with knife that I made earlier here. Blade is just pounded into woodstick, no glues.|
|Oh, wood cracked a bit when it dried on warm garage. :(|
|But I´m still going to continue despite of crack.|
|I decided to weave some strong line around the crack and made same other end too just for more nice look (maybe it strengthen the handle too)|
|Now handle is ready and fits my hand perfectly.|
I thought to make birch bark sheath for my knife so next thing is to make wooden insert (lesta). I´m going to make rectangular insert to fit better on birchbark weaved sheath (let´s see if I can get it done, cause my weaving skills are not so good and also birch bark pieces I have are bit small..)
|I draw blade lines on woodpiece with sharp knife.|
|Used chisel and knife to hollow area for blade.|
|When it fits perfectly I made coverpiece and hollowed that a bit too.|
I thought that I want to without commercial glues so I thought to make some "pine pitch glue". I will need some pine resin and fine ash atleast. I went to collect resin I found it from spruce nearby and make mix.
|spruce resin collected into tincan.|
|I cooked it on fire carefully (don´t let it to combust) and added some ash and coal, quite sticky stuff and good smell..|
When got glue ready I tried to glue wooden insert halves together, but mix was not quite right, glue dried very fast and glass hard, so it didn´t make strong seam at all...I abandoned that idea and thought to experiment with thist stuff more later. Have to solve that problem some other way.
|Solution was use same strong line and I just weaved parts together. Suppose to be OK, It will be inside of birch-bark sheath anyway.|
So that´s it. Part II "the sheath" will follow later...
Another small project I thought to make is awl for leatherworking. I found some very old awl-blades so got the idea to make my own. Here we go:
|First I shaped handle with knife using same wood that on my knife project.|
|After shaping I treated it with old school tar oil which gives nice color and smell.|
|Handle fits into my hand very well and I strengthen it a bit with same method that on my knife-project.|
|Awl ready to use, I kind of like this kind of rough carved finish instead of vey smooth sanded finish. Like that it have much more characteristics, don´t you think so?|