Hi all, i've been away from this site for a while pretty much as i grew tired of banging my head against the wall of political and religious
"debate", and if i aint got anything nice to say then it's best to keep shtum. I think ATS is a real cool place in lots of ways but when it tires
me, i find it best to hang elsewhere rather than just come here to either bore myself or get exasperated and be an ass
So i've been making a bit of stuff and sharing skills elsewhere in web-land... so as at least a partial return here i thought i'd open things by
sharing a bit of what i have made which is in line with other work i've posted here before: all hand made by my fair self, with natural materials and
no power tool shenanigans.
So firstly, my main love, crafting wise - walking sticks that are good for whacking ruffians with. This developed from my interest in making clubs and
cudgels. I find it very hard to do them justice photographically as i'm strictly amateur with a camera, and can never show the grain of the wood in
the way that i would like but here goes:
going from left to right, they are all made from Hawthorn bar number four, which is Sycamore (Acer Psuedoplanatus) for folk from the uk but you peeps
over the pond probs call it a variety of maple iirc?? Number one is finished in Danish Oil, all t'others just with Beeswax.
I took some closer pics of the heads/handles too......
and another Hawthorn stick, unfinished as yet and i'm branching out (ho ho) into carving the heads too, this one being a snake holding an egg in
it's mouth - i'll probs do more work/finishing on this before i'm happy with it
Another Hawthorn stick.....
and a Beech one:
again, all finished in beeswax, though the last was darkened slightly with Sesame Oil too.
I love to practice "primitive" skills too, particularly knapping. However i've ignored Flint for too long in favour of TV Glass which i had a
large store of, making stuff such as this:
but returned to the hard stuff recently and have struggled with it though i am persevering - trouble is that when ever i try to do this:
Which while effective is kinda wonky, i usually end up with this:
but meh - that's flintknapping all round: unforgiving, and learned via breaking stuff!
so... rather than just turn my entire store of the grey stuff into rubble, i've also been working in other stone, such as Slate rooftiles. I've
been making some Ulus, traditional women's knives from the various tribes/groups of first peeps in the northern Americas. Easily made, and fabulous
tools, far more durable than many may expect:
Besides this, i've tried my hand at bone blades:
Just made from a bone bought at a pet shop, in a holly handle, secured with pine glue and sinue. You really would not want to be on the wrong end of
this - it's nasty sharp!
Thanks for looking, and thanks to woodsmom for unwitting encouragement to post this