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Old 05-09-2015, 12:58 PM
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Carving a Bowie Handle

Thought I would post some pics while I was working on a bowie handle..... the handle material is African Blackwood (my favorite for carving).

First I get the handle near the finished shape I want, then layout what I want to do with a contrasting color china marker, or a colored pencil that will show up on the material I'm using.....



Next, I rough in the straight lines with a coarse tooth file.....



Working slowly and carefully, I refine what I want, and go to finer toothed files.....





After things are far enough along, I then go to my "secret weapon", which requires a trip to one of the local beauty shops/stores for a bag full of "sanding sticks" (nail files). From there its just a lot of time and effort until I can get things finished finely enough to do a bit of buffing. I'll add to this thread as I progress.



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Old 05-09-2015, 04:21 PM
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Get to work old man. Looking good so far


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Thanks for sharing this Ed, especially the "secret weapon" part! Great idea that I never would have thought of.
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:31 PM
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Calling it a day for today. The Chevrons are just about complete, only a bit of touchup remains. Next is the carving the rear of the handle.



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Fantastic work sir! I also love the idea of using the nail buffs for the small work, Great information! Thanks!!


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Nice tutorial and great looking handle!


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Keep the pics coming Ed !


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16 hours into the handle.....but I think its just about done. All that remains is a bit of touchup just prior to assembling everything.

Going to blackout the fittings, and hope to have it together tomorrow.





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Been following along Ed. Came out great, and nice little shop tips.
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Ed, that is very nice. I have often wondered how you did the Chevrons. Something we never talked about.

Thanks for sharing
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Not the best pic (I snapped it in the shop, with the iphone) But heres what the handle was for.......



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Amazing!!!
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Wow, that's a lot of carving there Ed! Looks beautiful!
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Wow, That is beautiful!


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