Wood Carving Knives
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  Re: RE: Wood Carving Knives by Gary G™ (Thanks Steve. Jack,...)
(12-25-2018, 09:43 PM)Gary G™ Wrote: Thanks Steve.
Jack,
We were hiking the forest when I came across a down tree.
I ripped of some hunks of bark thinking this looks right.
The longest piece is about 4’ long.
The wide one about 12” wide.
It’s all pretty thick and while wet, not punky.
Those pics are what I carried out and put in the trunk.
You’ve got some Cottonwood Bark headed to you when we get home.
Winkgrin
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Wow!!! Nice haul Gary !!!!!!!!!!!..I paid 50 bucks for six chunks that all fit in a medium flat rate box and I am miserly with it!!!!!! I have never seen it in the wild but I have seen Youtubes of a guy harvesting chunks off a fallen tree that was huge...You can check it out on Ebay and see how they sell it...What I purchased was dry but I doubt it takes very long for it to dry after being harvested..Seems like the gnarly it is the more desirable it is....I hope other woodnetters see this and chime in with what they know about the wood...

BTW...The cottonwood also has a medicinal value in the green buds...I bought some of those as well...Steep in a small quantity of Olive oil or coconut oil for a couple hours draws out the essence and I mixed mine with beeswax and Oil of Lavender to make a salve that is very healing..This not an "old wives" tale....As you get older, dry, raised "patches" form on your skin and the dermatologists call them "Barnacles"..I put the salve on some spots on my arms and within two weeks they had disappeared..I had them for several years and could not get rid of them until this stuff!!!!!!! NOW, I use it on any skin blemish that pops up !!!!!!!! Winkgrin Winkgrin Big Grin
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#62
  Re: RE: Wood Carving Knives by Gary G™ (Is this cottonwood b...)
(12-25-2018, 06:51 PM)Gary G™ Wrote: Is this cottonwood bark?

The color of the dry part is silver gray; there’s a dark brown papery like substance inside and it’s about 2 to 2-1/2” thick.

Gary

That stuff is a treasure.  We have huge cotton wood trees here but none of the bark is over 2" thick and falls apart.  I looked in the store for some and it sold just short of the price of Gold.

I have a book on carving cotton wood bark and the stuff is fantastic what they make from it.



Jack

Is any of this stuff good for sharpening

First one is felt wheel

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-80-21mm-Wool-...2650770951


The rest are lapidary wheels

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x1-1-2-280Gri...2934992871

https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-x1-1-2-3000Gr...2734944490

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x1-8000Grit-D...2996117379

https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-x1-14000Grit-...2996125055

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x1-1-2-50000G...2734939874


I figure if they can polish rocks they should be able to do metal
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  Re: RE: Wood Carving Knives by Arlin Eastman ([quote='Gary G™' pid...)
(12-28-2018, 03:28 PM)Arlin Eastman Wrote: Gary

That stuff is a treasure.  We have huge cotton wood trees here but none of the bark is over 2" thick and falls apart.  I looked in the store for some and it sold just short of the price of Gold.

I have a book on carving cotton wood bark and the stuff is fantastic what they make from it.



Jack

Is any of this stuff good for sharpening

First one is felt wheel

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3-80-21mm-Wool-...2650770951


The rest are lapidary wheels

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x1-1-2-280Gri...2934992871

https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-x1-1-2-3000Gr...2734944490

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x1-8000Grit-D...2996117379

https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-x1-14000Grit-...2996125055

https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-x1-1-2-50000G...2734939874


I figure if they can polish rocks they should be able to do metal
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I don't recommend any of those Arlin...The buffing wheel needs to be at least 6" diameter and 1/2" thick.It can be felt or muslin.it should spin at 3450rpm...the wheels you linked to will definitely cut metal but the diamond lapping discs will work much better and are much cheaper..Google Amazon and punch in diamond lapping discs. For shaping go with the 180 grit followed by 600 then 1200..Mount them on an arbor and turn them in your wood lathe chuck at about 500rpm...use a few drops of engine or any type of oil on the discs. It doesn't take lube much to prevent loading the disc. and they cut better with a little lube.

I you haven't put the final edge on a tool with a muslin buff, you need to pay strict attention to not allowing the top of a knife blade from contacting the buff..it will snatch it right out of your hands,..I can't emphasize this enough...Don't press the sides of the blade into the buff very hard...try to allow only the very edge to contact the spinning buff. Doing it wrong will produce a rounded edge..I always tell beginners to think of a muslin buff as if it were a hard grinding wheel and hold the blade accordingly.

Let me know if I can provide any more information.
I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be
issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the
traditions for generations of warriors past. [Cpl. Jeff Sornij, USMC;
in Navy Times, November 1994]


Jack Edgar, Sgt. USMC Korean War 51/52
Get off my lawn ! Upset





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#64
  Re: Wood Carving Knives by cajunwoodworks (Just wondering what ...)
(12-25-2018, 09:33 PM)Timberwolf Wrote: ''''''''

potato peeler.

Excellent idea, Steve!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes  Yes

It wasn't my idea, actually,  The kids figured it out all on their own! 

And now most of my potato peelers are dull.  Crazy
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  Re: RE: Wood Carving Knives by Bibliophile 13 ([quote='Timberwolf' ...)
(12-28-2018, 10:21 PM)Bibliophile 13 Wrote: It wasn't my idea, actually,  The kids figured it out all on their own! 

And now most of my potato peelers are dull.  Crazy

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"Out of the mouth of babes"!!!!!!!!! Big Grin
I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be
issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the
traditions for generations of warriors past. [Cpl. Jeff Sornij, USMC;
in Navy Times, November 1994]


Jack Edgar, Sgt. USMC Korean War 51/52
Get off my lawn ! Upset





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#66
  Re: Wood Carving Knives by cajunwoodworks (Just wondering what ...)
After we got home from our trip, my granddaughter spent the week with us as I still had a week off and her mom had work.
Friday we had a real strong storm—we got caught in the shop waiting it out.
She wanted to do some carving—I clamped a block of Cypress to her step stool, had her sit at it like a desk and let her chamfer the edge with a 3/8” skew chisel.
This little 4 year old is learning to use 2 hands and keep them behind the knife.
Gary

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#67
  Re: Wood Carving Knives by cajunwoodworks (Just wondering what ...)
Got a knife from a friend today and had to try a whittle.
Brought some forest found Cottonwood bark.
It’s rough but it’s my first ever try:


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#68
  Re: RE: Wood Carving Knives by Gary G™ (Got a knife from a f...)
(01-24-2019, 11:53 PM)Gary G™ Wrote: Got a knife from a friend today and had to try a whittle.
Brought some forest found Cottonwood bark.
It’s rough but it’s my first ever try:

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Good job Gary....looks just like ya !!!!! Laugh Laugh Winkgrin
I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be
issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the
traditions for generations of warriors past. [Cpl. Jeff Sornij, USMC;
in Navy Times, November 1994]


Jack Edgar, Sgt. USMC Korean War 51/52
Get off my lawn ! Upset





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#69
  Re: Wood Carving Knives by cajunwoodworks (Just wondering what ...)
Laugh Laugh Laugh
Gary

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  Re: Wood Carving Knives by cajunwoodworks (Just wondering what ...)
I have this book and have been wanting to get some thick bark for a while like these.

https://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Guide...0658&psc=1
It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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