Well th' forager's sickle is finished, and not a moment too soon. As you may know if you've seen our foraging blog, th' harvest is already ripe for th' pickins, and what's a forager without a "forager's sickle?" Answer- us until yesterday. Th' blade is a replica of a bronze age sickle found in Scotland, and was made for me by an excellent knife maker. You can read more about it on th' Buschcraft UK forum here. He also made a beautiful sheath for th' blade as well. Th' handle is a piece of wild apple wood carved with another of Joel's knives, a copy of a medieval woodworking knife. You can read about that little knife on Joel's blog. So far i'm really liking carving with it, and the elm bowl in th' last post was also carved with it, with the exception of th' hollow of course.
|sickle showing plug, and carving knife|
Here's a few pictures showing th' hafting of blade to handle, I used a black walnut plug, and red deer sinew spun on a drop spindle and dipped in hide glue, as it would've been done in th' bronze age. That's real hide glue, not th' tite bond brand from th' hardware store which has chemical retarders in it. Now it's off to th' field to put it to use. No doubt you'll be seeing it in pictures on th' foraging blog from now on. Enjoy!
|sinew soaking, ready to spin|
|sinew, spun on low whorl spindle|
|spun sinew soaking in hide glue|
|wrapping th' sinew|
|Of course, a pot of green tea is crucial to th' job|
|close up of sheath|
|a good coat of hide glue on top for extra protection.|