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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jan, 2015 3:53 am    Post subject: Petersen type W and an axe         Reply with quote

So I was able to pick up a nice blade from Albion's recent Rusty Moat sale and a customer asked that I make a basic Viking style sword from it. He wanted all non-ferrous hilt components..i.e. cast bronze.. so I decided to do a Petersen type W. I forged the pommel from local native float copper... a piece very high in silver and other inclusions. And the cross was cast from bronze. The grip is stained Virginia boxwood. The blade is 33" and total length is 39". The weight is 2 pounds 2 oz and POB is 4" from cross. The scabbard is old growth maple from Lake Superiord (diver salvaged stuff), ebony slider and bronze chape and locket. The chape was brazed from two matching pieces and there is deer rawhide covering at opening and point under the fittings.







Here is the Petersen type W:




Also a pattern welded Viking style axe with ash haft. The back of the eye has brazed bronze.







Also.. a little knife style I've been calling 'Little Walrus'.. with composite pattern welding, deer antler, birch bark and a stunning piece of fossil walrus ivory.



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Scott Roush
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Sweet stuff Scott. The boxwood is a bit "outside the box" for you but it is a fantastic contrast. Your in progress stuff on the site look great.

Cheers

GC
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Thanks Glen. The boxwood has come from my exposure to the wonderful carvings of Janel Jacobson and my fascination with Japanese netsuke. And.. the stuff is simply sublime to carve. The only issue is that he intense yellow is sometimes difficult to work into the color scheme of my work. I hated to stain it.. but when I saw what it did for the subtle curly grain I decided it was best. Not to mention suitable for the patinated bronze and copper.

Glen A Cleeton wrote:
Sweet stuff Scott. The boxwood is a bit "outside the box" for you but it is a fantastic contrast. Your in progress stuff on the site look great.

Cheers

GC

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Love that Little Walrus blade!
"And they crossed swords."
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jan, 2015 2:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Roush wrote:
Thanks Glen. The boxwood has come from my exposure to the wonderful carvings of Janel Jacobson and my fascination with Japanese netsuke. And.. the stuff is simply sublime to carve. The only issue is that he intense yellow is sometimes difficult to work into the color scheme of my work. I hated to stain it.. but when I saw what it did for the subtle curly grain I decided it was best. Not to mention suitable for the patinated bronze and copper.

Glen A Cleeton wrote:
Sweet stuff Scott. The boxwood is a bit "outside the box" for you but it is a fantastic contrast. Your in progress stuff on the site look great.

Cheers

GC


The colours of the box wood, bronze guard and copper pommel are really harmonious and complement each other perfectly.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identific...s/boxwood/

Another very yellow wood you could try is Pau Amerello, it becomes almost iridescent when polished and oiled.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identific...llowheart/

That axe is superb, WOW !

You do have a unique style where natural colours and textures alway seem very organic and extremely beautiful.

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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Feb, 2015 5:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jean Thibodeau wrote:
Scott Roush wrote:
Thanks Glen. The boxwood has come from my exposure to the wonderful carvings of Janel Jacobson and my fascination with Japanese netsuke. And.. the stuff is simply sublime to carve. The only issue is that he intense yellow is sometimes difficult to work into the color scheme of my work. I hated to stain it.. but when I saw what it did for the subtle curly grain I decided it was best. Not to mention suitable for the patinated bronze and copper.

Glen A Cleeton wrote:
Sweet stuff Scott. The boxwood is a bit "outside the box" for you but it is a fantastic contrast. Your in progress stuff on the site look great.

Cheers

GC


The colours of the box wood, bronze guard and copper pommel are really harmonious and complement each other perfectly.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identific...s/boxwood/

Another very yellow wood you could try is Pau Amerello, it becomes almost iridescent when polished and oiled.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identific...llowheart/

That axe is superb, WOW !

You do have a unique style where natural colours and textures alway seem very organic and extremely beautiful.


Thank you for the comments Jean.. I appreciate it. Sorry for the slow response. I will check out the other wood you mention... I'm really becoming a fan of tight grain, creamy woods... such a joy to work.

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