Men at Work

The Man-Child has been hard at work since football season came to an end.   



Making knives, of his own design, to sell and also taking some commissions from friends.  



This weekend he tried his hand at making a sheath from leather.  Typically he makes sheaths from a plastic form called Kydex.  



Secret Agent Farmer Man was around not so much to work as to give some advice.  




Sinew was the, "thread", of choice for this project.  


Not quite finished, but just getting tried on for size.  




A cleaver, commissioned by a friend, to use during hunting season.  



Several knives made recently.  


Starting from the left, an Ebony handle, synthetic handle with a Kydex sheath, a cedar handled knife, and lastly a cherry handle with another Kydex sheath.  

The Kydex comes in plastic sheets and thus my kitchen griddle was sacrificed for the knife making good.  I can already see that a cutting board and pan are the next things to go to the garage......


"Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of the pumpkin." 

Simone Shwarz-Bart 





Comments

  1. How cool is that? They are fantastic!

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  2. That is a pretty amazing talent!! I'm quite impressed, and have never known anyone who makes knives. Wow. Awesome!

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  3. Looks like your son does very nice work! The knives look great.

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  4. This is awesome.....it is great to see young people involved in trades such as this. I know you are super proud of him.
    Enjoy the day!

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  5. Hi Michelle, It looks to me like you have some serious artisans in the family. Congrats! May I suggest starting a business? : - ) John

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  6. Nice! When they are made like that, they just have to feel good in your hand. A good skill to have.

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  7. Sounds like a promising little business....I'm impressed! He could open an etsy shop eventually!

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  8. awesome handiwork! love the wooden handles!

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  9. Good work and he is showing some talent for the future, maybe. :-)

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  10. Very impressed. These days, we are so used to buying everything. But i do know that specialist knives are still made by hand - hence they can command high prices.

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  11. And with fine handles too. Nice work by your son. Now, take to the woods.

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  12. Your man-child is talented! And you are a good mom to sacrifice some of your kitchen tools for him. :)

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  13. How neat to see a young man learning and practicing old skills and lost arts...:)

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  14. Really nice and interesting handiwork, he is really talent! I like this post, interesting...
    Have a lovely week and take care!
    Warmly,
    Titti

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  15. I'm so impressed by what your son can do. Those are amazing! Goodness- he and my youngest would be two peas in a pod!

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  16. I'm impressed by the craftsmanship!

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  17. wow, that is really neat! what a talent he has!

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  18. Love hearing and seeing your sons talents! Great talent he has!

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  19. knife crafting, very cool and very ambitious!! good for the man-child!!!!

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  20. He has done a great job with those!

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  21. That is really cool! Love dude hobbies :)

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  22. I am so impressed! Kudos to your son--this is quite a skill.

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  23. What a talented young man! I am sure his Dad has helped him a lot to learn this skill. I used to know a woman who did etching on blades made by a knife maker.. they were fantabulous and miraculous. When I think of her work I can only wish I'd purchased one of the knives she etched. I bought an etched vintage knife once with a forest scene.. hubby dropped it and the blade broke! Tragic.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. lovely works of art, the leather case is wonderful...and I love the 'thread' of choice :-)

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  25. Awesome what a good craft to know!

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  26. Awesome! Great job....he can be very proud!

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  27. Wow! VERY impressive!! If he's ever in need of leather, I have a ton of scrap leather that he can have! Lots of different colors and textures.

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  28. So so nice. Mr. Sweet is a knife maker too...if I can find the photos, I'll send them along for your sweetheart to look at...
    Merry Christmas, dear one.

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  29. This is a nice series, Michelle. So often I marvel at how different life is in your world than in mine. Neither I nor either of my kids would ever think of making a knife or sheath. If we want one, we go to William Sonoma.

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  30. Impressive, that's a great skill he is honing here.

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  31. Very, very cool. Great craftsmanship on his part.

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  32. That's impressive and a hard skill to master I have heard. Good luck to your son, and I bet he will soon be busy with requests!

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  33. I made my own knives when I was young, but nothing like these! My compliments!

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