Where have I been?

My last post was in March after completing a mini-cleaver. Since then, the warmer weather led to some household projects we have been putting off until spring/summer. Now that those are mostly complete I can get back to making.

In April I purchased a mini-lathe from littlemachineshop.com. Most of my free time in the shop has been dedicated to playing with it and learning the ins and outs of using this new toy. So far I have only managed to break two carbide bits!

Making some aluminum swarf
Making some aluminum swarf

My first project was to make a new metal scribe. My current scribe was a scrapped knife blank that I hardened. I began with a piece of aluminum rod that was 3/8 in diameter. I turned it down to 5/16, put a taper on the end and drilled a tiny hole to put a leather working needle in.

Since making the scribe, I’ve made 2.5 pens. They are nothing more than simple aluminum cylinders. I learned a ton making them and have several ideas for making a couple more.

Simple Aluminum cylinder
Simple Aluminum cylinder

I have few more posts planed for the next couple of weeks, with three knife build logs and hopefully a hatchet if all goes according to plan. Thanks for reading!

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