Blade and handle time

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I couldn’t stay away from the flamed maple I just got.  So I had to break into it and make something.  I guess its tools.  Went to my Dad’s shop and turned a few handles.  Making left and right, two handed, skew carving knives for me and a marking knife and birdcage awl for dad for Father’s Day.  Not sure if he will use them.  The awl is more likely to see action than the marking knife.  But its the thought that counts.  I hope it beats a card with a stupid witty saying.

Using some of the W1 tool steel I had.  Found my aunt’s old enameling oven that I may try to fix and see if it will work for heat treating.  If not, I’ll go with the torch.

Hoping this will keep me sane while I take breaks from french polishing.

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Xmas gifts

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Last minute Xmas stuff today…

Turned a rough pencil holder/thingy for my grandfather.  I think its locust.  Found it when I cut an old apple tree earlier this year.  It has some weird anomalies where the branches met the trunk.  Seems like there were a bunch of similar downed trees in that area.  This piece doesn’t have a noticeable anomaly, I just used a plain section.  Turned the top and bottom.  Wire brushed and sealed the rough part.  Drying overnight.  Just in time!  I made a piece from an abnormal section, which I’ll post later.  Its a gift for someone who looks at my tumblr page often.

Also roasted 6 batches of coffee on the stove top as last minute presents.  That’s enough to make me seriously consider starting my roaster build.

And I had time to work on a secondary bench for my new shop.  I’ll post a few pics of that later…

Happy holidays if you like that kind of thing!