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Blackhorse
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Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

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PostSubject: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 1:00 pm

Thuya Burl?  Make that Stabilized Birdseye Thuya Burl!  A commissioned project.  Nice!

Shop Notes: Thuya...a conifer from the cedar family, and is exclusively native to Morocco. This highly praised conifer grows only in the forests of the Atlas mountains. Thuya trees reach maturity over many decades. Still the praised part of this tree is not the trunk, but the burl buried in the ground. The burl has a deeper color, a more concentrated aroma, and a fascinating grain. Today these burls are very scarce and hard to locate, extract, and transport. Burls are moved from mountainous areas on mules and donkeys as they are the only form of transportation suited to the task.


So...from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco...via donkey...into the stabilizing vats and onto the bench in my little shop...



A trio of plug cutters using some very nice Damascus blades that have been file worked and hand honed to beyond scary sharp - and of course the real show...the Birdseye Thuya Burl...rare, gorgeous, carefully laid out so each handle takes advantage of the available grain pattern.


First...my favorite:


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And, the trio:



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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 1:04 pm

Well......... doggies! That's a mighty fine lookin' whittlin' blade right there pardner!

I love you 


Cheers,

RR

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somedumbjerk

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Age : 34
Location : Palo Alto, CA USA
Registration date : 2012-08-26

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 1:35 pm

Dude those are beyond gorgeous! Wow!!! My fiancé is stoked as well. I can't wait to get these to the groomsmen! I'll try and post some pictures when they arrive, hopefully my computer will be back up by the end of the week
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bosun1

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Registration date : 2012-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 3:30 pm

Simply Wonderous!
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Bobostro61

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Age : 58
Location : South Suburbs of Chicago
Registration date : 2012-10-28

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 3:47 pm

Beautiful! I'd like one for myself!
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pepesdad1

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Age : 76
Location : Tallahassee, Florida
Registration date : 2013-03-03

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PostSubject: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 4:15 pm

Love that Damascus.....save some for me, BH. 

Love the work/craftsmanship/style.
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Blackhorse
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Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 4:58 pm

BDude - These are not really whittling blades, more a slicer...intended specifically as a plug cutter. For a whittling blade I'd suggest something with less belly, more spine...or perhaps a semi-Warncliff.

Note to steel freaks: Bark River just came out with an EDC knife named the Essential. The blade is CPM M4 tempered to about 64 Rc. with a convex grind. Some of 'em are under two bills, most are more. Helluva knife. Now that's a tough little cutter.

For anyone that's really interested, I can easily do another of these, with a blade of the same type and similar wood, or something 'completely different'.

Right now I'm working on a sweet piece using a 150mm Lammi blade from Finland made in the 1930's. All metal fittings are copper. The wood is a piece of Desert Ironwood Burl I've been saving...and I'm doing a hand carved horse head as the butt cap. It's gonna be a real sweetie!

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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 6:08 pm

Those are awesome BH nice work
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pepesdad1

Age : 76
Location : Tallahassee, Florida
Registration date : 2013-03-03

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PostSubject: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 6:37 pm

Beautiful work...as always, BH.  Thanks for the pix.
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AJ

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Age : 71
Location : East of the Rocky Mountains
Registration date : 2012-03-18

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 10:48 pm

Dave that's exactly what I need to slice my Dark Plug, [hint hint]. Send me a PM and tell me what it would cost to have you make one for me. Will my personal banker need to be present? Smile 

AJ
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Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 11:41 pm

I'm thinkin' it might be better to have your loan officer handy. Laughing 

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptySun Sep 22, 2013 11:46 pm

I love the knives, D. The pattern on the blades is stunning! Bravo! cheers 

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Hawker

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptyMon Sep 23, 2013 12:17 am

Nice knives BH. Burl & Damascus patern are both eye candy.
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i.keenum

i.keenum

Age : 30
Location : coast of mississippi
Registration date : 2011-06-12

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptyMon Sep 23, 2013 12:25 am

Boy BH you work magic with damascus. Beautiful!
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Age : 57
Location : Benton, Louisiana
Registration date : 2011-11-23

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PostSubject: Re: Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio   Thuya Burl Plug Cutter Trio EmptyMon Sep 23, 2013 7:27 am

Beautiful knives!


somedumbjerk wrote:
Dude those are beyond gorgeous! Wow!!! My fiancé is stoked as well. I can't wait to get these to the groomsmen! I'll try and post some pictures when they arrive, hopefully my computer will be back up by the end of the week

Those are some great groomsman gifts!
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