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Offline 1066vik

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first try at stacked birch bark handle
« on: August 24, 2013, 02:32:36 PM »
birch bark is interesting stuff - leaves an almost rubbery feeling on your hands.
finished up an unfinished but HT'd Camillus knife blank with stacked bark for the handle -- faked together a pommel out of some scrap brass and black oak I had laying around and a piece of 1/4" aluminum rod for a pin.
dunked the handle in Danish Oil and it's currently out in the sun drying.


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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 02:42:04 PM »
Man-O-Man...  that is a fine looking tool you've put together.


Very nice job on that  :thumbsup:


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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 03:19:44 PM »
I would be real interested to read how that handle was made. Is it basically punching out bark washers, stacking them up, applying the pommel then contouring the handle similar to a stacked leather handled knife?

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013, 07:04:31 PM »
You did a great looking job on that one.    Awesome.

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 07:27:38 PM »
Well done.

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013, 07:30:46 PM »
WOWZA!!!!!
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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013, 07:53:47 PM »
thanks guys!

I would be real interested to read how that handle was made. Is it basically punching out bark washers, stacking them up, applying the pommel then contouring the handle similar to a stacked leather handled knife?

pretty much.
I cut rectangles, then rectangular holes in the middle so they were a snug fit on the tang, stacked, compressed, stacked more, compressed again, put in a temporary pin so I could rough shape the handle, then added the pommel and finished the shaping.
it took more bark then I expected -- I thought I had a surplus but ended up using everything I had cut.

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2013, 09:46:12 PM »
yuppers!...nice work!
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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2013, 04:12:31 AM »
Very impressive!

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2013, 12:45:59 PM »
Ok, that explains the process you did well. Thank you much for the directions!

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2013, 11:48:23 PM »
Great looking knife! 

So no oil or other treatment was added to the handle?  The bark is still raw?

I've made stationary out of birch bark before, and you're right, it's a bear to deal with! And really fragile after time, so I'm curious how your handle is holding up?  I suppose just the compression could keep it sturdy/stable?

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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2013, 11:59:36 AM »
Lovely! Nice shape too, looks comfy!
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Re: first try at stacked birch bark handle
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2013, 05:47:20 PM »
Great looking knife! 

So no oil or other treatment was added to the handle?  The bark is still raw?

I've made stationary out of birch bark before, and you're right, it's a bear to deal with! And really fragile after time, so I'm curious how your handle is holding up?  I suppose just the compression could keep it sturdy/stable?

no, I soaked it in Danish Oil - as to holding up over time, I haven't had a chance to make the sheath for it yet this week, so I hasn't been out in the woods yet.