1. I knew you east coasters were spoiled when it came to firewood but you’re burning black walnut?! cries in pine

  2. Haha I actually didn't even know I had it. I got a small pile of firewood from a local dude who had cleared some trees off his property. I only realized it a couple weeks ago when I started to split it up. I've tried to save as much of the nice chocolate brown bits as I can.

  3. Yeah, those Lauri blades are amazing value. I also made my own knife with a Lauri 180mm Leuku blade. It's definitely not a traditional style leuku though. I also spent a few hours sanding the heat treatment residue off mine:

  4. Wow, killer work on yours!! I love traditional leukus and puukkos but I also really love modern/contemporary interpretations of them too.

  5. Who would just throw away walnut spoons like that???

  6. Saved from the firewood pile, trying to utilize as much of it as I can.

  7. Been having some fun with lots of my edged tools saving some nice black walnut from the firewood pile.

  8. Been having some fun with lots of my edged tools saving some nice black walnut from the firewood pile.

  9. weird that you would put perfectly good spoons in the firewood pile, but good save! (/s)

  10. Good save, firewood walnut always carves nicer than most in the pile.

  11. Yeah, aside from a few little knotted/swirly grain areas, I find this stuff carves very very nicely.

  12. FUCK those chairs! They had those in the print lab in college and seriously it only took shifting a little weight towards the front for it to front flip like that. It's like they were designed to roll forward if you didn't sit all the way back in it.

  13. Mulberry is one of my absolute favorites. So many cool colors and grain patterns as it ages. But good lord this stuff is like whittling hard impact plastic when it is seasoned! Heck it even SOUNDS like hard plastic when you tap it on a hard surface.

  14. I understand you perfectly and completely agree. This wood has been drying for 4 years, so I really had to work very hard 🤦‍♂️ but I love the result 😁👌

  15. Yeah I've worked it green and worked it seasoned. It still takes nice clean cuts seasoned but you're certainly not getting big deep cuts on it when it's that hard lol. Beautiful wood though and great work!

  16. Where I am at so far. While testing it it seems that a "vertical" handle would be better.

  17. You mean angled up kind of like a spatula/flipper?

  18. Oh I see and I can definitely see that working!

  19. Some black walnut I found and rescued from my firewood pile.

  20. I always get just a little extra enjoyment out of this part of the process, getting those perfectly clean smooth cuts.

  21. Oh it's totally overkill lol. It's usually just my roughing-out knife, the one I use to break down from small log to spoon blank. But recently I was blanking out some spoons with it and just kind of kept going until I had basically finished the spoon. I was rather surprised how nimble this beast of a knife can be and thus have been using it a lot more.

  22. Those Laurie knives are amazing. Stay sharp for ever. I tried to anneal mine for hours to peen the pommel still couldn't do it. Yours looked great nice job on the pukko

  23. Yeah I really love the steel and heat treat they do on these. Even after lots of carving and the edge finally loses that aggressive bite, all it takes is a few seconds on a strop and it's shaving sharp again. I hardly ever have to actually sharpen mine.

  24. Maybe not exactly the same as private commissions but I have a handful of commercial clients I'm always working with and honestly the relationship has become very similar to what you describe... now it's more like use brainstorming to bounce cool ideas off each other and that makes it a lot more collaborative and enjoyable. It's also really nice working with repeat clients because we can actually get to know each other better and understand each others' thoughts better the more we work together and I think that makes the work itself better for it.

  25. I like that it's chunky and proud of it but not to the point of being like useless-brick-chunky. Love it.

  26. I'm going to guess that is the same vintage micarta as the scale.

  27. Really nice work man, looks like an absolute beast. Love the repurposed leather as well... also that part of stacked handles is such a tedious bastard lol.

  28. Just want to start by saying this is not an anti-glove comment, but rather just a further safety comment...

  29. All good advice in here regarding the big tools, so I'll add my recommendations for small tools that I find very useful:

  30. One of my favorites. A great EDC and it also ended up being one of my favorite road trip knives... never know when you might end up needing a fork on the road or eating carryout in a hotel and they forgot to give you utensils and the comb is there when you need to fix your hair to go to dinner after a day out fucking around.

  31. Get a strop and a nice paste.. chromeoxide or diamond. It’s nice in the workflow just strop few times and back at work. Waxy pastblocks are cheap and easy to use for your application or make your own, 100g of the finest green chromeoxide, beeswax and a bit of oil like camelia or mineral oil

  32. Killer. Pocket fixed blades are under-appreciated IMO.

  33. If she's truly your friend, she will also likely help you meet other women who will hopefully find you romantically attractive. Like 99% of guys on

  34. Absolutely! And that touches on another big point I see so often with these "friend zone" incel discussions: their biggest issue is not knowing how to meet/talk to women because they somehow think they're like some wild alien species they need a rule book to understand.

  35. What always jumps to my mind is "she didn't friend-zone you, you fuck-zoned her."

  36. Also true. It's like some people just never even had the thought that maybe you can have a friend that is just a friend even if you find them sexually attractive... just because you find someone attractive doesn't mean you have to be having sex... you can still just hangout and have fun and share experiences and laugh together and just enjoy a good friendship.

  37. Yes I agree I need to thin the blade quite a bit more. I have a 120 grit stone on the way, hoping to use that to thin behind the edge. It gets really hard to tell what's going on as the blade thins out on the belt grinder. Thanks for the input!

  38. Haha I'm going to have to put some more time in on the next one and practice that. Have you seen how Don Nguyen thins his on a horizontal disk grinder? Seems to be a really good way to go about it.

  39. I haven't seen his but I've seen some Japanese kitchen knife makers using those and I actually tried that by laying my belt grinder down horizontal and found that worked really well for me, at least for the thinning portion. I stood behind it so the belt was running away from me and only did this once I had my bevels mostly set and was just thinning at that point.

  40. Thanks. I actually did manage to burn it a little more than expected but the surviving wood underneath the carbon build up was more forgiving on me than some other knives I’ve tested on.

  41. Well it looks intentional and gives it some great character.

  42. Such a great pattern. Great EDC and a killer whittler too!

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