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coagula December 31st, 2013

 

Welcome to Jackbird Arts!

Herein you’ll find a record of my adventures in small-scale metalwork and carving, as well as occasional writings.  Enjoy!

 

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Bonnie Henderson-Winnie

 

 

commemorative disks March 6th, 2015

Commemorative disks for The Red Door Project’s August Wilson Monologue Competition (Portland)

copper, 1″ x 1/16″

hand-stamped, patinated

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Protected: prototypes II March 2nd, 2015

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flesher October 13th, 2014

Flesher

Nox Luna

Sol 2o* Libra

Luna wn 69%v at 1*Cancer

 

Flesher

Fleshing knife with hand-forged carbon steel blade. Handle of carved and inlaid pink ivory wood, bronze, salvaged piano key ivory.

28cm long, 15.2cm x 2.5cm blade  (11 in. long, 6 in. x 1 in. blade)

 

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fly eggs & larva inlay July 28th, 2014

 

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Carving the fly eggs inlay for knife handle in salvaged piano key ivory.

 

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more larvae!

 

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pre-fitting one of the larva inlays into roughed handle

 

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closeup of fly egg cluster after inlay, before light staining

in progress July 2nd, 2014

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sketch, carved guards (bronze), handle rough (pink ivory wood), and forged blade for “Flesher” knife

 

flesher in progress

Runic talisman February 17th, 2014

Talisman to Assist in Runic Studies (gift)

Nox Saturnus

Sol 27* Aquarius, Luna FULL  in Virgo

Stag antler, brass, camphor wood, red ocher (iron oxide), jet, pigment

9.5cm x 3.2cm x  1.9cm  (3.75 in. x 1.25in. x .75in.)

 

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critique: first forged knife February 4th, 2014

Nox Luna

Sol 15* Aquarius, Luna wx 30%v at 14* Aries

Hand-forged steel, brass, ebony, mosaic pins

about 8.5 in. long

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Positives:

– It’s a functional knife! Not too thick, not too klunky. Nice weight and shape. Feels good in hand. I think it’s a pretty good for being the first one. This was one of three blades I forged in the first class day. The other two were ugly and not usable. Getting consistently good results and achieving what I set out to make each time will take a lot more practice.

-It sharpened up quickly and has a very fine edge. Time and use will tell if it holds the edge well.

-It was SO MUCH FUN.

 

Negatives:

-The edge bevels should have been deeper and cleaner. Use correct stance at the belt sander!

-A deeper finger guard notch would have been nice.

– The blade has a slightly thicker area about an inch back from the point. It may actually be a happy accident in that it gives the tip more strength, but it wasn’t intentional.

-The point ended up being quite rounded. Had to reshape the point after T sharpened it. I was pretty grumpy that I overlooked it.

-I didn’t anneal and flatten the brass liners before bonding them to the blade and ebony pieces. One of the visible “wing” projections that extend out on to the blade on each side (I put my maker’s mark on one of them) had a little bit of upward bend, pulled away from the blade.  It’s slight, probably half a millimeter if that, but it’s there. I had to fill it in with epoxy to be sure it was all sealed.

– We didn’t put the ebony on another piece of wood when drilling through, and so of course it chipped out in a couple of places on one side. Filled with ebony dust and glue. Not too ugly, sealed and solid.

-I didn’t rotate the mosaic pins so that the axes of their patterns aligned. Even reminded myself to do this beforehand, but forgot. D’oh!

wasp pointer December 27th, 2013

Nox Venus

Sol 6* Capricorn

Luna wn 18%v at 9* Scorpio

 

Wasp Pointer

Lector’s pointer of cedar, rose cane, mammoth ivory, Siberian jet, copper, iron, ebony, sterling silver

63.7 cm X 1.9cm   (25 in.  x .75 in.)

 

The main shaft is made of cedar, a remnant of the piano sacrificed during Moe Staiano’s Moe!kestra improvised orchestral performance of “Death of a Piano”. The handle grip is made from thick rose cane hollowed to take the shaft, which is wrapped in alternating layers of iron and copper wire. The wasp on the carved section of mammoth ivory is inlaid with Siberian jet.

 

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