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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. A third hand or stitching pony makes sewing the sheaths a much easier prospect And the result of a few hours stiching. There are a couple of extra ones here that I didn't get a pic of for the first post and a couple that are still in rough sanded shape. The one on the far left is my own light hunter with a fantastic piece of end grain olivewood laminated to a walnut liner with buffalo horn bolsters. Top left is a new one for killing my sheep when needed with copper pins in walnut scales and top right is my new field scalpel with buffalo horn scales. I will show them propperly when they are done. The sheaths still have to be hot waxed so will get to that after tomorrow.
  2. They all needed sheaths so marked them out on a double shoulder of 3mm (1/8) cow hide, making sure toi wate as little as possible I made up a couple from the remains of a previous piece of leather to test the patterns with the knife before cutting into the hide. Sewed the belt loop and glued on the welt
  3. Then there are a couple of my boner pattern One for myself that has handle scales from a tree I cut from my late fathers yard in the 80's One in walnut and jarah as a companion knife for a light hunter I shipped off a while back. and one in plain walnut
  4. The blades still have to have their final cleanup and sharpen but thought to show some of them at this stage as generally when they are finished they are out the door. Not extra fancy but good working knives. This pattern I call my Hunter Skinner and the first one has cocobolo scales with all blades being 1/8 1084 Walnut and jarah walnut and ebony And the same pattern scaled up slightly I call the wapiti hunter and this one has hickory and walnut
  5. That was a fantastic video with some of the finest workmanship I have seen.
  6. This is Grouvolk Bruno von Gruff as a young feller navigating for us out on a hunting trip. I am Von Gruff on all the other forums I visit. Tired after a hard day doing what dogs do And in his prime
  7. I thought i would do a short video on how I sharpen my knives. These pig stickers are designed for heavy duty use so I have the edge at .015 from the handsanding and they get the secondary bevel from there. Ordinary field or hunting knives are taken thinner on the edge before the sharpening takes them down to a cutting edge
  8. I have the knives posted above in the finishing rack and just have the sheathes to make but have got three new knives to make with a couple of guys on another forum wanting similar knives but with differences in thickness, length, finger guard and handle material so have drawn up individual data sheets for each of them and the friend I was hunting with last week has sent up a kitchen knife he wants done in a better steel so will do these three at the same time
  9. I have done them but with smaller bolster and buttcap. African blackwood and nickle silveron top with ivory micarta and nickle silver on the lower knife. I do each end first and if you get the curves rignt the handle will fit into the buttcap and swivel into the bolster. The rear curve is circular while the front curve is of larger diameter to facilitate the fitting. Very small (needle file) adjustments to the front curve as it is slowly swiveled down into the bolster curve. Ebony and walnut on this one with hidden pins for the ebony. And after some use and a couple of falls when out hunting
  10. I have built nearly a dozen of them and the martini so have made a bit and a jig to do the bolt hole so that is a simple process now. I really like the 400 Lee Speed I did for myself a while back as a companion to the 303 I had done. Another day of shaping and sanding but have all the knives shaped now so that will be it till next week. A friend is joining me and we are off to the high country for a couple of days. Todays sanding effort. The companion for the rifle With the first coat of oil to keep them till I can get back to them next week. I decided to use my fathers old tool mark as my makers mark so the 3 dot trialgle will go on all my blades from now on.
  11. So I have access to the neighbours horse for the purposes outlined so is it better fresh and if so what would be a "recipe" . I was intending to build a forge from a piece of channel iron and line it with a home made mix.
  12. Today saw the second part of the handles on the companion knife and the light hunter, the two spanner handles bought to a semblance of shape that will sufice for the workshop and the rifle stock shaped but it still has a bit of refining to be done.
  13. Been a long day hand sanding but got them all to 600grit and the handles on the pig stickers with the bolsters on the compannion knife and the light hunter. while I was at it I decided to do something about having to constantly take the spanner that hangs by the vise for the swivel nuts and go to the knife vise which uses the other end of the spanner so cut it in half and set each of them into a bit of walnut which I will shape up into handle for them tomorrow.
  14. I set up for heat treating this morning so another facet ticked off the list And the tempering done So the next step is to hand sand them to 600 grit before the handles go on. I had a bit of trouble getting the fire up to heat and had to keep at it with the bellows so I am going to build an air forced forge before the next lot gets done. Lynette will be pleased to not have this happen in the kitchen as well so another little projects for me and a happy wife, win win.