Archive for September, 2010

A Tiny Stainless Steel Whistle

Posted in metalwork, Toy Making, Whistle Making on September 20, 2010 by Jim

Is there a machinist in the house?

I have a Unimat metal lathe. I prize it because it was my grandfathers. He was a blacksmith and he just about used this little lathe up. It earned its living – if you know what I mean.

A couple hours before bedtime to play tonight and I got the lathe out to see what kind of trouble I could get myself into. So I made this little whistle.

Hand made stainless steel whistle

I dug out a little scrap of 3/8″ stainless rod left over from a jig I made and chucked it right up! Then I discovered what I do every time I use this lathe. I am not a machinist. I need to take a class or get some instruction.

Anyway, I like how it looks. I will like it even more when I get it to whistle 😛

Happy Making,


Knife forged from a leaf spring

Posted in Blacksmithing, knifemaking, Tool Making on September 12, 2010 by Jim

It’s late so I will be brief. I forged this from a leaf spring at my friend Dave’s forge.

Hand forged knife from a leaf spring

I haven’t decided if I will put an antler handle on it or just a para-cord wrap. I had a great time making this knife.

While we had the fire lit, I also made a couple plant hangers for the house:

Hand forged plant hangers

Thanks for everything Dave!

Happy Making,