I don’t buy a lot of tools but this past week added one old, one new, and created one to add to my pile.
I found this old shoe anvil at out local pawn shop/junk store last weekend and couldn’t pass it up. It will help with my ever increasing level of shoemaking and might just serve as a rivet set for other leather projects.
I used an Amazon gift card I received for christmas to purchase a Mora curved knife I’ve had on my wish list for some time. I can’t wait to start making spoons again.
And finally, I have nearly finished a buck-saw that’s been lingering in my mind for some time now. This is it assembled, having sawed a log just to be sure it worked, but lots of finishing touches will need to be added to be a suitable tool. I’ll round the edges and spruce it up with some carving I think, but for now, it makes a nice take-down saw. Total spent: about $20 US.
Field testing the nearly finished rucksack. It still needs a few closures and bits but is essentially as finished as anything I make. It’s poorly packed for a quick hike and not very full. More pictures to follow when I get some time off to tramp around with it.
Features: Heavy, waxed canvas truck tarp with 10-12 oz leather straps and all brass hardware. It has an axe sleeve, two long, exterior pockets, small flap pocket, two narrow pen-type sleeves, interior valuables pocket, compression D-rings on sides, D rings for shelter roll, and loops for carabiners.
All hand saddle-stitched and riveted at stress points. I’ll put up a sketch of the pattern for anyone interested.
One of many projects happening around here this yule-tide season. A new classic-style rucksack is being sewn, much leatherwork is occurring, and this pack frame is being finished. The wood is shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) made from a bowstave section and some other scrap from the pile. All was split before finishing so the grain is perfectly aligned with the lumber. This made for easy steam bending. As I was working from many examples but no actual plan, there was a lot of mock-up and tweaking of the design to fit my size and intended needs. There’s no metal in the construction. The freight bar and cross members are half-lapped and lashed with rawhide. The bar is also pegged to prevent slipping under load. More to come as it gets finished and field tested.
Here’s a few older frames I could find around the ‘net: