I am charmed by rustic tools. Extreme simplicity, implied durability and the clear functionality speak strongly to me. I am delighted when I can capture that in a tool that I make.
Here are several recently made tools that are unique, simple, solid and quite functional.
This shows them sheathed and unsheathed. I tried quite a few variations on sheath making and am finally happy with one of the results. All of the saws have handles made of pecan. The difference is how the wood was preserved.
The range of these saws gives me an chance to try out several things. Shape, size, variations on handle profiles, length, tpi and sheath form. A saw like this is one of the worst shapes for putting a sheath on, so getting it right can require a bit of trial and error.
This is the first one I made. I blogged on it previously here…
The sheath is horrible, too good to replace to awkward to not want to. The handle is a lovely spalted pecan. A touch of rot to the wood can make for a magnificent display!
Here are my two most recent versions. Short blades and short handles. The cross sections of the handles are what really tells them apart. One is thicker top to bottom, the other is thicker side to side. I like them both so far, so I can’t tell you if one is superior to the other yet. The top sheath is what I will be copying from here one. Easy to put on, and it stays there solidly.
Here are the two side by side. The wood is much lighter and less dramatic in person. The picture is much nicer than the plain near featureless white handles the human eye sees. The top most photo in this article shows the color more accurately. I took freshly cut pecan, roughly shaped the handles and then boiled them for hours in my wax mix. My experimental control, was merely sealed at both ends with wax. The control has several splits, so this may be the method I use to preserve small fresh bits of wood.
This is one that I made a much longer handle on. It is of properly aged, and cared for pecan.
Another fun part of making rustic art, is the low materials cost. They still take time to make, but that is not always a bad thing for a hobby.