Made the complementary marlin spike for my buddies wife.
Made my buddy a marlin spike for use on the Brig Niagra. I left on some hammer marks and finished it in bees wax and oil. I was trying to make it look vintage ish. I left the tip a little long. I figure he can grind it to what he wants but can’t stretch it if it is short. Over all very happy with it.
Punisher railroaded spike knife attempt. A guy at work loves Punisher so I thought I would try making him a knife. I should have forged it, and I might try that next time. I ended up using a 4” angle grinder because I have not made any metal carving tools. It looks recognizable so I decided to stop while I was ahead.
Finished the cabinet pulls. At least the leaf ones. All different all forged no grinding. Made a couple every now and then as I did other things over the last couple months. I was thinking about Niggle yesterday and decided I needed to get them done…
My first spring steel knife. The handle had a crack in the wood so I had to sand off way more then I intended. That was a bummer but it’s sharp and after hacking at a couple pallets it keeps its edge even when I hit a nail.
Spike knife number 4 and 5 these ones actually look cool. They still look rustic but way better then the last one. The curved one feels great in the hand, and I quenched in a brine so it will hold a edge.
A Buddy got me a railroad spike to make him a knife. This is my first attempt though I watched a bunch of videos, so I had a good idea what to do. There is not enough carbon in the spikes to keep a good edge but hardened it the best I could, and I got it shave. Even if it will not last.
I went out to pick nettles today.
I found a huge patch of Wood Nettles a couple days ago. They come up earlier then the type of stinging nettle I usually pick. It is so early the jewelweed I use to kill the sting when I mess up is still tiny and a little hard to see. I picked a good bag full of nettle. I ended up blanching and freezing half and drying half for tea. I am going to to make nettle and ramp soup also depending on time try brewing some nettle beer. If you have never had stinging nettle its a spinach substitute maybe a little sweeter and less slimy. Has a ton of medical uses also, but I just got it to eat and use for tea. It’s my favorite herd tea if you add a little lemon and honey.. I also grabbed fiddle heads.
You can use baking soda past on your skin to stop a nettle sting if there is no jewelweed. I think jewelweed works better. Also both only seem to work if you get it fast enough.
Cooking or drying kills the sting, but take care till then.
You can use a burdock leaf as a glove if you forgot yours.
Take young plants 12in and smaller or just the tops.
Check for bugs or spray down, unless you like to eat bugs or need protein 😉
It’s winter and I can’t forage, so I am learning to turn supported spindles. It’s really fun. I modified a broken metal turning lathe and have been practicing on pine because it’s soft and easy. My Wife spins all the time. We have been making and modifying spindles of different types all summer, but the pine spindles are really my first try at making nice spindles. I am switching to chestnut and maple (from the woods) now that I have better idea how to shape them. I hope to have some really cool ones made by the end of winter.
The last picture shows most of spindles including the ones made by the kids and a tree of Gondor one, I made with the 3D printer. The kids are spinning too. Maybe I should learn how to do that next. 😊