Despite March madness, I managed to get some work done this weekend, which is always a surprise to me. I made a lot of progress on the Australian Camp Knife, and spent quite a bit of time on one of the most complex handles I have ever worked on. I’m pretty sure it will be gorgeous. Right now it looks like crap. The ugly duckling in copper and wood.
So what is it? It is my impression of what “I like blues, and cedar and copper” means. This will be on the larger of the two slicers (the smaller was posted last week). It has a slightly cleaner AR38 and Hangedman logo. The front section of the handle is Blue Mahoe, a Jamaican hardwood, with a small copper pin, then a segment of copper, with some turquoise inlay on both sides, then a two-toned Spanish aromatic cedar central section with a copper mosaic pin, another copper spacer, finished with another section of Blue Mahoe and a copper lined thong hole.
I also made a little progress on what I now think of as the “lord-of-the-rings machete” , a few years back I picked up an odd piece of weathered and very heavy driftwood, I still don’t know what it is. I cut it open and it has a very unusual grain, which you will see when I finish it. I think that the handle will be relatively simple, it will save my carbide drill bits from too much wear and tear. Hmmmm. I do think a little ebony would set it off nicely though. We’ll see.
I anticipate getting quite a bit done later this week, since Autumn and Erica are headed off to Savannah, GA to visit Grandma. On the down side, Autumn and Erica won’t be here with me.
We’ll see how much I actually get done.