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Old 09-23-2006, 10:04 PM
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HI, FEB HERE, I carve indians and mountain men on logs. I have been getting the bark off with a 30mm no. 5 there has to be an easier way. If anyone knows of any web sites where I can find pictures of indians and mtn. men it would be helpful. I like the IRISHMANS mtn. man that is posted on the welcome thread. You guys and gals have been a great help with every thing I've thrown at you so far. THANKS, FEB
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You can take it off with a draw knife, or for large logs, you may want to get hold of a bark "spud". www.leevalley.com may have them or for sure www.lehmans.com will.
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Old 09-23-2006, 10:15 PM
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Heck, I just take off the bark and toss the logs away.
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ha ha ha , tell 'em Art
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I make log home and large timber carving tools.
Draw Knives by Cariboo Blades - Heavy duty& hand forged
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Scott, those are great looking drawknives! The kind that would last a person a lifetime!Cowboy
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Very interesting, Scott. I will be setting up my forge again soon so I can make some new tools. I am a novice when it come to this and I was wondering if you can tell me if I am on the right track.

1. I will use old trailer springs for making tools like draw knives and gouges.

2. I will render the shape in the fire and then quench it in oil to attain hardness once shaping is complete.

Is this what you do when you forge tools?

I would appreciate anything you could tell me regarding this.

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Trailer springs are good. They would be nice stock for smaller timber drawknives and cup slicks (gouges for log work). Set up your forge and I'll take you through it as you go.

I've used 1/2" thick x 4" wide springs for stock from logging trucks for douglas fir logs.

Here is a picture of a draw knife and a cup slick made from a trailer spring. The cup slick is 28" overall. The tool beside the chisel. This is what you need working with logs. The big one is 1/2" spring, a flared end slick and beside it is a scarf slick.

Notice the angle on the drawknife handles. Easy on your wrists and forearms. You use your hips and legs instead.

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There is a tutorial on how to make and heat treat a draw knife on www.iforgeiron.com. It is Blueprint #0054, or just go here: http://www.iforgeiron.com/Blueprints..._articleid/384

If you have questions, just email me. Quenchcrack is the name I use on Iforgeiron.
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The tutorial of the draw knife looks like what the Amish in Central Kansas make. I will say, They know how to make them and sharp. I have one and I like it. A little pricey but worth watching them make it. Handles are oak.
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