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Chris & Carrie

External Bevel Mocotaugan Knife Handle

Project Owner: Andrew Lovelock
Type of Wood: Hard Maple
Finish: Clear Honey Peacock Oil
Dimensions: 190mm x 29mm x 45mm


I recently purchased two Mocotaugan knife blades from Ben Orford, one external bevel for hollowing the inside of greenwood bowls and one internal bevel which is used like a one-handed drawknife. Mocotaugan knives with an internal bevel a traditional tool of North American Indians and they used it to fashion all kinds of daily items. Handles were made of a crooked branch, a piece of antler or some precious wood and they were frequently carved and decorated, so I thought I'd carry on the tradition. I guess the violin type scroll is in the round and the pattern down the two sides is low relief (1.5mm). It took me a while to be able to visualize the violin scroll from all sides. I drew it out from all angles and tweaked it until I thought it looked right. The hardest part was starting it, but once I'd worked out the process, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This project was done by a carver with less than 12 months experience.

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