Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pot Hook

This is an improvised pot hook that I made a while back. It is held together by placing a small wedge into a carved notch at the center of the two hooked pieces. The hooks are made from ironwood/hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) branches, and the wedge is chokecherry (Prunus virginiana).

The next time I make one of these I plan on using a much softer wood. The ironwood/hophornbeam was difficult to carve smoothly, and I think I could make something like basswood (Tilia americana) fit more tightly together. Also the ironwood/hophornbeam checked and warped so badly that the pot hook no longer stays together.

This was a really fun project to work on and helped to improve my dexterity with my knife. Let me know if you have tried anything similar to this, or if I motivate you to try something.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

For Mungo...

Mungo, of Mungo says Bah fame, recently requested that i take some close up pictures of the bucksaw I made a while back, but I haven't gotten around to it. In the mean time I thought i would post a link I stumbled upon the other day that has a step by step tutorial on making a similar buck saw.


I hope you find it helpful…