Monday, 25 January 2016

UK Legal Pocket Knives and Sheaths.

Just a few lines on my recent leather works.

At the tail end of 2015 I decided to design and make a wet formed belt sheath for the Boker Tech Plus knife (UK legal carry). I purchased the knife from Hennie Hayes to sell with the sheath and its really turned out well (if I say so myself)

The Boker Tech Plus folding knife is a wonderful tool at a sensible price coming razor sharp out of the box. There are plenty of reviews out there on the net.

In a similar style I've been making leather sheaths for two, three piece MOD clasp knifes. A few piccies to follow.

Well that's about all folks for the time being. Just to say if your interested in any of the sheaths and knifes (UK legal carry) pleased drop me a line.

Thanks for reading.


Saturday, 16 January 2016

Matt Graham Primitive Bush Knife - Handmade Sheath.

The first blog of 2016, so firstly a belated happy New Year. 

I was commissioned to make a leather sheath for a Matt Graham Primitive Bush Knife. Wow what a substantial knife. So, just a few lines and lots of pictures in the production of the sheath.

Finished Sheath

After finally working out the design for the sheath as normal I produced a cardboard template before cutting out the leather. The picture above shows the cut out beveled belt loop and makers logo stamped into the rear of the sheath.

It soon became clear that if the blade was going to sit and hold safely in the sheath it needed to be a snug fit. I wanted to part wet form the sheath to the handle. The handle being so chunky required a built up welt toward the top part of the sheath to accommodate the handle. A challenge as I had never tried this before but it turned out very well.

The last few pictures of the finished sheath. A truly enjoyable production and as always learnt a lot more about leather work.

Thanks for reading my first short blog for 2016.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Knife and Axe

Having always wanted to design my own knife I sat down and worked out a design arriving eventually at the Woodland Way Knife.

Having eventually found Tapia Syjala from Finland to complete the work for me here is Tapia's blog I have to say what a very helpful and talented young smith.

The blade is made 80Cr V2 Carbon Steel the handle is from Turkish Walnut secured with nickel silver pins.

The knife has been perfectly balanced by Tapia the tang being thinned accordingly. The edge of the blade has a 16 degree angle with a very small micro bevel. I'm very pleased with the knife a field test and review to follow.

So, onto the axe part of the post. I saw an online video review of the Hultafors Classic axe by Dave Canterbury and liked the look they are also made in Sweden. Currently, also the owner of two Gransfors axes the Small Forest and Carving. So having purchased the Hultafors it was planned to review the axe over a weekend trip out. However, the car had other ideas and broke that's two field reviews to follow....

The Hultafors is slightly heavier than the Small Forest Axe and slightly longer shaft but a lovely tool. 
Hopefully a field review will follow in the not too distant future.

As always thanks for reading.


Pau Rosa Polar 95 Hammered Carbon Knife.

It's been quite a while since I wrote a post for the blog no reason for that other than real life coming first!

My first real project as The Bearded Woodshed was the production of a Nordic Style Polar 95 knife with sheath which has already found a home.

Once I had purchased the Polar 95 hammered blade it was time to start work. A picture description follows:

Brass Generic Bolster

Bolster shaped,sized and polished to fit the blade.

Completed bolster with Red Fibre and Pau Rosa wood for the handle.

The work is then all sized, dry fitted and finally glued and placed into a press until dry.

Once dry its time to start to shape using a belt sander.

More wood removal

Eventually you get to see the shape of the handle come out of the wood.

Its then a case of completing the shaping by hand and working through a series of sandpaper grits to achieve a good finish. The wood was finished with a  few dressings of Danish Oil. I love the shape and colour of the handle. A perfect fit in the hand.

Time to make a sheath for the knife. I decided on a natural finish to the sheath with a dressing of Walnut Oil.

Well a quick blog on the knife and sheath. Hope you liked the work.

Than you for reading.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Waldgeistman becomes The Bearded Woodshed.

So, after some soul searching I have decided to offer various items for sale and have started to trade under the business name of "The Bearded Woodshed" So, hopefully things will go well.

Please see a small review of the MOD Leather clasp knife sheath given by Gary Wale Senior Instructor with the Bushcraft and Survival School (BaSS). I have also written a small piece on this blog regarding the sheath thewoodlandway.blogspot mod clasp knife sheath This is the first item available for sale.

Thank you for reading.


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Yew Walking Stick

I have had a piece of yew wood drying out for over 3 years, time to get too work. Yew wood never disappoints me with the colours in the grain of the wood. So of we go a Yew walking stick.


With the growths taken off.
The shaft that I had chosen so many years ago was not as good as I had originally remembered it to be.  The top of the shaft was rotten with multiple fractures to the wood, the bark was not in good order and unlike birch shaft would be difficult to clean up.

After some work cutting back the top of the shaft for the handle you can see the fractures made by water.

I had to cut back the wood further than I wanted and had quite an unusual area to the front of the handle, but like most things when working in wood it leads you into its own design.

The finished handle with a wonderful area for your thumb (if your right handed) Yew wood looks great with wonderful colours.

The finished stick I actually love the way the stick has finally turned out so different with a white shaft. Normally the bark is left on but in this case it looks good. The handle turned out well despite all the cut backs due to the water damage.You can see where your thumb sits on the stick.

Thanks for reading.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Medieval Stylee Altoids Pouch.

So I had some scrap leather and an Altoids tin what does one do with such items? I know a medieval stylee pouch for the tin. Which in the fullness of time will probably contain a flint and steel fire lighting kit. Actually, working without plans and no template was quite nice, a couple of things I would have completed differently, but next time...if there is one. Apologies for way the pictures came out...

I used the tin for a sort of template but estimating the amount of leather required is difficult. Once the holes were marked, quickly made holes with a leather bradawl. The stitching was completed with a running stitch and I then came back on myself and tied the waxed thread off.

How would I attach the simple pouch to a belt? so I punched four holes and cut the leather in between, I'm not sure how long this will hold, we will see, again this was simple.

Marked and made the holes to assist with the sewing and stitched it together then turned it out.

Marked the cover out and cut it into the shape I wanted. I decided that I would use a simple closure for the pouch using a button and waxed cord. The button was cut from a piece of seasoned Blackthorn rubbed down and drilled.

The button then sewed onto the flap with waxed thread. Four holes then punched into the pouch at the bottom the waxed cord threaded through as a drawstring, very simple but perfect.

Initially I just tied the bottom of the drawstring but was not happy. So I went digging into my beads box and found two great looking recycled glass beads, they are so like the beads that the Vikings used in necklaces.

So much better with the glass beads and adds a little weight to the drawstrings. The finished article not sure how often I will use this lovely little pouch but I enjoyed making the pouch additionally it took no time at all to make a good project.

Sorry about the way the pictures turned out but you get my drift. Thanks for reading as usual.

Stay safe.