Didn’t expect that to come out as well as it did …
Posted by joeabbott on November 5, 2016
A short while back … ok, about a year ago … I “made a knife” for my nephew, David. And, when I say that, what I really mean is that I bought a kit from a local woodworking store and glued some nice wooden handles (scales) on the sides. I write it up here but, being on equally good terms with his father, I decided to make a knife for Stevie as well.
The trick with Steve is that he’s an outdoorsman and he has knives. He’s actually one of the few people I know who carries a knife (a Leatherman) who doesn’t look conspicuous doing so. It’s not some flashy end sticking out of a hip pocket, it doesn’t come out with a flourish: it’s just a tool on his belt that he’s very comfortable accessing and using for all sorts of reasons. A package to open, a plate that needs prying off, or maybe a screw requiring tightening … he’s just ready to help with whatever small, domestic chore you need doing.
Getting back to making him a knife, I didn’t think he’d supplant the one he carries on his belt, so I chose to give him a small, boutique sort of knife. The kind that would fully fit into your jean’s fifth pocket (that little one above the main pocket on the right hand side); something you could just carry without being aware it was there until you needed it.
With the size picked out, I then went to choose the wood. I didn’t have anything on hand that I liked, so I browsed the local woodworking store and found a delicious blank of a hard, dark wood with a lot of grain movement. I don’t recall the name but it was gorgeous.
I got it home and, with Suzy’s help, chose the section that would look best on the handle. Usually I just got off whatever happens to be near the end but this time, we went with what looked best. And, when the scales were cut and adhered, I had a little wood left over so I made him a box with the remnants.
And while the knife looked very handsome, that box was stunning!
A nice, small size, beautiful grain on all sides, and a simple, pressure-fit lid. Perfect.
And even better, Stevie seemed to like both the knife and the box. A big win!
So, I’m not doing as many woodworking projects these days, but I do get into the shop when I need to and knock out the projects that need knocking out. Thanks for dropping by.