For a while I have fancied having a go with one of the Del Stubbs kolrossing knives...
...but figured, before I buy I really ought to have a go at making one myself. So, I reground the edge of a small exacto-knife type blade, made a handle from a piece of sycamore, drilled and glued it, and gave it a go.
|It's something of an 'organically' shaped handle - following the grain of the wood. Feels pretty good in the hand.|
|Flat exacto-knife type craft blade, reground with a better edge.|
|I tried it out quickly on this willow spoon that I had made the previous week. It worked well but gave quite a fine cut and, due to the flat blade, was quite hard to turn to carve curves.|
|Made from a crook from a willow tree that had blown down in the January storms.|
|This time a used an old dremel tool bit for the blade (probably stainless steel so probably not great at holding its edge) and a yew handle.|
|Rounded instead of flat blade - makes all the difference.|
I did actually put my hand in my pocket whilst on a trip to Axminster tools with Ju and Eden and bought a Two Cherries chip carving knife. It was cheap, so I couldn't complain too much, but I wasn't terribly impressed with the edge that it came with and spent a little time just tidying it up.
|Having said that, over the past years I've made do with a bunch of these DIY knives that I made from old butter knives - they work perfectly well and at about £1 for ten from a charity shop, a lot cheaper.|
I cut a bunch of crooks from the willow tree that had come down - near Charnwood Waters in Loughborough, in case you know the area. They were not very big so I could only make these little salt spoon sized ladles.
|I really love those 'stripes' at the heel of the bowl - striations caused by stress in the grain at the bend of the branch.|
|They are quite fiddly, but I really enjoy carving these little spoons.|