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Mike Ward

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  1. Mike Ward

    Kitchen knives

    Thank you!
  2. Mike Ward

    Kitchen knives

    Got these finished up and razor sharp. The matching ones are for me and the other is for my dad. All are out of 80crv2 with a mustard patina. The darker woods are Wenge and the other is Cocobolo with copper pins. I finished the handles with coats of mineral oil and Howard’s Butcher Block oil. Didn’t really want to go with wipe on poly and if it’s good enough for cutting boards it should be fine for handles. I used a strip of maple to make the tang slot on the chefs knife.
  3. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Little bit of “treat yo self” going on. Top one is for my dad and other two are for me. Should be finished tomorrow.
  4. Mike Ward

    A pair of kitchen blades(pic heavy)

    Wow! Those are amazing, taking your sweet time really works. That walnut is perfect. One question though, how wide do you typically make you handles at the bolster? Looking from the side that is.
  5. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    @Gerald Boggs are you just providing information on the conditioner or is there something specific that you find alarming?
  6. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    2 liberal coats of food grade mineral oil and then 2 more of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner. I used a hair dryer to warm it up a bit to get good penetration.
  7. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Got the board from last weekend done. Really pleased how it turned out. ~12x18x7/8”
  8. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I put two coats of wipeon poly on the outside and dribbled mineral oil on the inside to protect it and the blade. Cutting boards are really fun to design and make and each one is unique which is very appealing. Plus they’re quicker to make with less hand sanding
  9. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    @Charles du Preez, on the top piece from left to right: walnut, maple, Padauk, walnut, canary wood, and walnut again.
  10. Mike Ward

    First commission!

    Well, I think this is a bust. Told the customer what I would do for how much she was willing to spend and was told that she would consider it. Haven’t heard from her since so... Thank you for all of the advice! It’s muchly appreciated.
  11. Mike Ward

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Spent the weekend making these. A holding block for a knife out of curly maple and walnut. And a big 12x18 cutting board that’s glueing right now.
  12. Mike Ward

    First commission!

    Made some sketches Low Medium High Blades are a little chunky, probably could go with less width. What do you think?
  13. Mike Ward

    First commission!

    I did do that and she said she’s willing to spend about $300. If she’s a little flexible with the price, I’m thinking of offering to do 3 of the knives like the chef, utility, and paring at medium/higher level of fit and finish. If she wants the full set, I’ll give her sketches of simpler versions like suggested. Thank you for the help, I really appreciate it!
  14. Mike Ward

    First commission!

    What about these rough estimates? I feel like I’m almost cutting myself short but I don’t want to scare the customer off. Paring~75 Utility~175 Carving~200 Bread knife~250 Veggie knife~300 6” Chefs knife~325
  15. Mike Ward

    First commission!

    Ok I was definitely going to undersell my work based off your example.
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