New Acquisitions

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.

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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.

ImageI 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.

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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.

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Field Testing

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DSC_0167Field 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.

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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.

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All hand saddle-stitched and riveted at stress points.  I’ll put up a sketch of the pattern for anyone interested.

Wooden Pack Frame

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.

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Here’s a few older frames I could find around the ‘net:

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