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    Green Fayre West Lancs 20-21 July

    https://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/the-green-fayre-p666210 Anybody going? We are there the Sunday, the weather should be better and The Wife is shooting at or teaching Scouts with air rifles on the Saturday. I really enjoyed the last one, came home with some carving knives cheap and a...
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    A craft in the bush rather than a Bush craft

    For several years I've been picking up watercolour gear when its turned up in charity shops and carboots, winding myself up to start again after a 30 plus year gap. The fates have been kind and a lot of very rich people around here have been dumping their aborted hobbies and I've been hoovering...
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    Ash Walking Staff

    Last week the middle son dumped a long ash hoe handle on me when clearing out his room. I've no idea what he had got it for but since it had a good grain ( the pics don't do it justice ) and was 1.5" diameter i thought I could make a shoulder high walking staff, something I've always wanted but...
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    Leather roll for carving knives

    Having used a bunch of army surplus tent pin bags for storing my various wood carving knives for many years I finally bit the bullet and decided to make a dedicated roll for the, I had a piece of thick upholstery leather about the right size so I used that, not really my colour but iths thick...
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    Mors style Bushtool

    My mother gave me my 50th Birthday present early so rather than blow it on lots of small things I got a couple of Knife blanks from Bernie Graland and a square foot of 4mm veg tan. The blades arrived yesterday AM and I fettled them and today I cut some scales from a piece of seasoned Yew. I'd...
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    Not the Sloyd knife I was aiming for....

    For some reason I rather fancied acquiring a pattern of Sloyd knife that's illustrated in a 1891 book on the subject. easier to show it than describe it. A search of the net found only one supplier of something similar, in the US and beyond my means even without postage and import duty etc...
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    Spoon rack

    Hi folks! this is the first thing I've made in a long time that's been even vaguely related to this site . It was simple enough, I surfed a bit to get some ideas on what the most common features of a Welsh cawl spoon rack were, drew up some plans, cut the parts out with hand tools (mainly as I...
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    Tilley windfall

    Hi All Herself heard that they were going to dump some old lanterns from the quartermasters hut at her scout group and anyone interested could take them away and save the QM the job. Anyhoo some were taken to be garden features (?!) and i asked her to see if they had any of the horse shoe...
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    Is this bit of yew suitable to make a small bow?

    As mentioned in another thread at The Green Fayre over near Wigan on Saturday herself hauled a 6 foot 4 length of yew back to the car where i'd already flaked out. She thought it may cut up to make blanks for turning or carving. However before I chop it up some could any bowyers out there...
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    Repairs to butchers glove.

    A fair while back I was fortunate enough to acquire a excellent German made butchers glove for a couple of quid on a flea market. I had many years of use from it but from hanging it near a window in the shed I managed to perish the red plastic cuff and wrist strap, rendering it unusable...
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    Grohmanns Ulu Sheath

    'Been a while since I've had a chance to make anything due to all this fantastic weather and not being in much. Anyroad, looking for something else I stumbled on a firm on the Isle of Man that sells Grohmanns knives from Canada. https://www.colonialknives.co.uk/ I've been wanting to try a...
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    Who sell camp fire reflector ovens in the UK?

    A while back I thought about making a collapsible sheet metal reflector oven to use next to a camp fire but it came to nought. Since i have some spare cash after my birthday I thought what the hell i'll just buy one however my googlefu has failed me and I cant find any to buy in the UK. Does...
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    Another carving mallet

    having discovered the wood i had ready to turn wasn't suitable for a job on hand and the weather being unsuitable to process some logs outside into blanks I decided I needed some practice turning as Ive not done any for a few months. A while back i acquired some knackered lignum vitae bowling...
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    Cover for a large adze

    Long after I should have I've started on a blade guard for the large carpenters adze i restored a year or so back. I made a cardboard pattern from the bottom of the adze and cut from 5mm veg tan, the base, the top piece and a squashed U shaped spacer, glued the pieces together with contact...
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    Draw knife chest protector (possibly overkill...)

    A while back the eldest, on seeing me trying to disembowel myself while using a draw knife on my reclaimed wood draw horse ( with the wonky back leg as perhaps i shouldn't have let a 13 year old drill the mounting hole ). knitted me a oblong of butted chain armour using steel split washers...
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    Is there a commercially made

    wood carving knife which just has the bevel on one side like a drawknife , side axe, clog knife etc that's set up to be used away from you unlike a bent /canoe knife which is pulled towards you? I'm (allegedly) right handed. I was using my sort of side axe choked all th eway up to shave green...
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    28" stirrer in sycamore.

    'Thought i'd see how much I could do a big spoon with the side axe I made from a carboot Elwell head I picked up. Much to my surprise it was most of it! I used a bent neck gouge to clear out the hollow and a palm sized surform to do most of the finishing then a couple of grades of sandpaper...
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    "History in the making" on Quest

    Again, apologies if this has been mentioned before but for those of us who like making stuff there a new 10 part series on Quest that started last week ( only discovered it today when the 3rd and 4th episodes were shown )...
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    Keeping draughts off rising dough

    My apologies if this has been mentioned before, possibly by me even.... If you have been having trouble getting your tinned loaves to rise before going into a dutch oven or similar despite it being plenty warm enough try slipping a hotel shower cap over the top to keep the draughts off. This...
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    Sycamore or horse chestnut wood?

    Hi folks I've acquired about a Mondeo boot full of mixed horse chestnut and sycamore wood from a tree surgeon. Now the horse chestnut can be just about used for turning but the sycamore i can do a lot with. However the bark looks pretty much all the same, especially as its all covered in...