Saturday, 14 December 2013

Krenovian carving knife

Krenov carved many of his cabinet handles and catches freehand using a range of small knives he made as required. I stumbled across some very nice nickel steel blades at a woodwork fair in Harrogate by Nic Westerman of Machynylleth and bought a couple. The handle was made from some very old English walnut salvaged from firewood cut from ancient walnut plantations in South Derbyshire where it was once common. In this case it was from the estate of Elvaston Castle south of Derby.

I carved and rasped the organic shape until it felt comfortable with sufficient shape to allow close control over the blade. Finish was oil and wax.

It's off later today as a secret santa present so I'll have to make the other blade for myself later.

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