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Garry Keown

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    South Otago, New Zealand
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    Rifle stockmaking, hunting knives, wood and the beautiful grains and colours that God has given us to turn our hand to.

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  1. If you are careful, you can do some of the donkey work with an angle grinder and tidy up/ finish with the files.
  2. seriously nice work on the guard/pommel. The faceting is very eye catching.
  3. Thanks Guys. I have a pair of those (the copper and ebony ones shown previously) PH EDC's away with Professional Hunters in Africa for a hard work test to see if I have all the needs met with the design. Good to see you back Chris. I do appreciate the positive comments from my peers in this obsession we have.
  4. Got everything bar done bar an edge on these but that happens just before they are sold and or shipped off. This one is random SS damascus Hunter Skinner with desert ironwood over curve backed buffalo horn A 7 1/2 in 12C27 SS chef with curly maple A 1084 Light Hunter with gidgeewood A 1084 Hunter Skinner with Leopardwood over buffalo Horn A 1084 Hunter Skinner with Black Palm over brass A 1084 boner with walnut over buff horn A 1095 PH EDC withDesert Ironwood over curve backed brass
  5. Just on some of the less ordinary ones Joshua. Simple border stamping is fairly basic but that is the style of my knives so it seems to suit.
  6. Leather work almost done. Just have to dye and slick the edges then hot wax them to call them done.
  7. A few in the handle rack today. These are spec ones I did to please myself so they will be for sale when the sheaths are done but will get more definitive pics up next week. From left is desert ironwood and brass, leopardwood and buff horn, black palm and brass, maple, walnut and buff, desert ironwood and buff and on the right is gidgee.
  8. While I dont have the number I see in some of the pics, mine are on the wall with a series of nails to hold them under the handles.
  9. Decisions on the fly so often bring about a better outcome than that "seen" during the planning stage.
  10. There is something almost elegant in its rawness. I like it a lot.
  11. What I do Chris is to put the blocks in a small oven that I can set at about 80-100f and leave it going for 3-4 days to make sure the wood is DRY. After it is loaded into the vacuum chamber I place a SS pot stand on to with a weight above that and this way all the wood blocks are held to the bottom of the chamber. I make sure there is a good inch or more of CJ over the wood . It can take 3-4 days of continuous pumping to fully clear all air from the blocks so I have two vacuum pumps and run them alternately for 12 hrs each till the bubbles stop. Release the vacuum and leave the wood in the CJ for the same length of time it has taken to remove all the air so the atmospheric pressure can drive the CJ fully into the wood. Drain, wipe off, wrap in alfoil and bake for 2 hrs. Job done. No shortcuts if you want to do it properly.
  12. I got the handles on eight knives with brass and buffalo horn bolsters on some and with handles of fiddleback macrocarpa, leopardwood, desert ironwood, gidgee, black palm and walnut.
  13. Apply the same determination to letting go of bad habits as you do to becoming a better bladesmith
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