Harvest

Ash handled Lauri Leuku knife on Elm round next to Oyster fungus handmade crafts foraging bushcraft photograph ©P. Maton whittleandstitch.net

 

 

 

 

Ash handled Lauri Leuku blade.

 

My trusty old Leuku gave me the extra reach needed to cut this cluster of Oyster mushrooms from the trunk of a tall Beech tree. As a ‘jack of all trades’ the Leuku is very hard to beat.

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Vessel

Walnuts in a hand carved wooden bowl black and white still life portrait photograph P. Maton 2017 eyeteeth.net

Beech bowl with Walnuts.

This was the first bowl I made around eight years ago with windfall Beech from Ashdown Forest.  It is still my favourite vessel for soups and stews and always takes me back to the memory of carving it by the camp fire among great friends.

 

 

 

Axe handle testing.

Nothing like a dead standing Oak tree to test the fit and strength of a newly made Ash axe handle…

two axes in stump of felled Oak Tree. Monochrome Landscape. © P. Maton 2014 whittleandstitch.net

…both handles were hung and secured only with Oak wedges. Happily they both passed the test without fault.

The heads are an old 4lb Gilpin (or is it a Brades, I can’t remember now) and an unstamped Maine pattern double bit.

All the best.

 

Small Puukko

Here is a little Puukko (Finnish style knife) with a lanyard for wearing around the neck that I made a while ago. The handle is rosewood with a Lauri 63 blade and brass fittings, the end cap is hiding a recessed brass washer and peened tang.

Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on grass in sunlight. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

 

This was really a practice piece for learning how to Butt Stitch the leather on the sheath. This is particularly tricky on a contoured form like this because as the name suggests the two edges of the leather to be sewn need to butt up against each other. Consequently the leather needs to be measured and cut very accurately to achieve the required fit
Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on grass in sunlight. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

The Awl is used to make stitch holes that go diagonally from the surface of the leather to just above the bottom edge of the under side. This creates a seam that is no thicker than the leather and serves to shield the stitching from abrasion on both sides, in fact the tread is invisible on the inside.

Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on grass in sunlight. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

This took four attempts and as you see is far from perfect, something I need to keep persevering with. I have since learnt on other projects that under cutting the edges by half a millimetre or so prevents the slight gap where the edges meet as seen here.

To give you and idea of scale here is a shot of it when it was first made and the dye was/finish was still drying.

Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on on hand. Colour Portrait. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

All the best and thanks for looking.

 

Diary 2015 – Dates so far….

If you would like to attend any of the shows listed below, or if you know of other events the Group might be interested in attending, please contact our Show Co-ordinator, John Sinclair on 07743164422. This page is updated with further events as the year goes on, so please remember to keep checking your diary…