I met Arturo or "Woods Roamer", a fellow wood carver and bowyer (builder of bows - as in bow & arrow), on line. I'm a follower of his wonderful blog "Woods Roamer - Contemplations on Nature and the Art of Self-Sufficiency". You can find it here: http://woodsroamer.blogspot.com/
I mentioned to him that I was looking for a left handed hook knife for spoon carving and Arturo was kind enough to offer up a lefty hook knife blade that he had forged and had tucked away in storage. I was very glad to have it and offered him some wild turkey feathers for his arrow fletchings in exchange. Well, I just got this fine blade in the mail the other day and it's just the right size and has a nice clean inside bevel, just what I was looking for. Arturo also sent along some mounting instructions for installing the blade which worked out perfectly as you can see.
|Shaped for my hand and finished with Briwax.|
Here's the blade with the new pear wood handle mounted to it. I made the handle from an old pear tree that I took down in the side yard. It's the same wood that I used for my "lefty spoon" that I posted here on my blog. Next step is to do a little sharpening and she'll be ready for action.
Arturo: The amalgam worked perfectly, solid as a rock. Thanks again my friend, Doug.