Here is a pic of a draw knife I'm working on,
forged from an old file, with apple wood handles yet to be
I cast the spoke shave last weekend
and made the blade yesterday. It makes nice shavings on the end
grain of poplar. Here is an image.
I need fair weather to do smithing or casting,
its snowing here today. I need to heat treat the draw knife then
push the handles on.
February 12, 2006
I made a scorp a few weeks ago from an old file.
I set out to harden it yesterday, must have gotten it too hot
and this is what happened when I lifted it from the fire:
So I have these pieces of really hard metal I
got in a box of junk at an auction about 25 years ago, been
saving it for who knows what. The blades have a bit of taper,
kind of like a knife blade:
Green coal smokes a bit. I am a member of SOFA,
and I can get good coal $10/50lbs, reason enough to join. I have
a small rivet forge I lined with plastic refractory, I set the
fire bricks in it to help bank the fire higher and retain the
heat. The tire is a pipe cap with several holes drilled in it,
so it sticks up too high. Next time I re-line the forge I will
use something shallower.
Here is the heated piece and the fuller,
starting to draw the first tang: