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A Barnes Custom
Deep Relief Carving
(above) is approx. actual size.
Approx. 4X actual area
Acorns and Oak Leaves
(Approx. 4X actual
The pictures above are of a barlow
folding knife I recently made from scratch. Those long bolsters
were an irresistible "blank canvas" ... I decided to
carve them in Oak Leaves and Acorns. The close-up pics are way
oversized. However; they show you the actual cuts, and the "relief"
of the metal removed. The old joke; "just remove everything
that doesn't look like ..." applies.
Hope you enjoyed seeing it.
I find it relaxing to do some of this
sort of work. Certainly, I have been asked; probably a hundred
times thru the years ... "if you have extra energy, why don't
you .... "
Well, to cover that base; the answer
is that I don't have extra energy. I get tired just like everyone
else. This sort of work is completely different. When I'm beat
from standing over a milling machine which has been throwing oil
and steel chips in my face all day, it's totally different to
sit at my engraving bench and carve. When my head cannot calculate
one more equation, I can wander thru my magnifying glass and carve.
I do this instead of watching television,
which I consider to be the second biggest waste of time (after
the telephone). Big difference between "sitting" at
a workbench and "standing" at stationary machine tools.
Airguns are made 99.95% standing. Good to sit down once in awhile.
With a cup of coffee!