Introduction: How to Make a Knife for Bark Carving

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I'll now show you how to make a little knife for carving in bark, you can't carve wood with it, but it is the best thing i have ever used for making a bark boat. it is a very easy knife, toked me about 20 minutes to do.

Step 1: Getting the Blade

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The first step is to get a thin piece of metal. this is a street sweeper bristle You can find metal pieces like this lying on the street beacose.
they fall/break off the scrubber brushes on the bottom of the street sweeper as it cleans the roads. but every hard, long, thin iron piece will do fine.

Step 2: Sharping the Blade

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Well i guess you already know what to do; sharping the blade, this metal is very easy to get razor sharp in no time. sharp it from the top and about three centimeters down. sharp it on both sides.

Step 3: Handle

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get a piece of wood, about one centimeter thick and 10 centimeters long. drill a hole on the top of it. the radius should be a about 0,1 millimeter smaller then the metal piece.

Step 4: Inserting in the Blade in the Handle.

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gently hammer the blade down in the handle until it's 2 to 1,5 centimeters of the blade is left. bend it in a "U" shape.
Cut i very thin piece of leather and poke it down in the gap between the blade and the handle.
then cut the rest of the leather away. This will make the blade more stable.

Step 5: You Are Now Done!!

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wrap some rubber on the handle and you are ready to carving some bark!!


Quick-tune (author)2013-03-08

Well done... You have made a hook knife or also known as a crooked knife, used for carving spoons and bowls

Ray from RI (author)2012-09-20

Great Idea but I can never find one of these steel bristles.... Thanks for the posting!!!

sjoobbani (author)2009-01-19

This is great! you could also go to an outdoors store and get those roasting scures, they are the exact same as the bristle thing, except bent into a small loop at the bottom, I sharpened thos and used em.

pumpkinman (author)sjoobbani2009-02-24

nice idea! but was'in it hard to sharpen it when it was bent?

sjoobbani (author)pumpkinman2009-09-04

no quite easy

absolute zero (author)pumpkinman2009-04-14

use a round file, the ones they use for chainsaw blades

sharlston (author)2009-06-16

make a instructable on a bark boat please

pumpkinman (author)sharlston2009-06-16

ok I'll do it as soon as possible but it is quite hard to find a good piece of pine bark

absolute zero (author)2009-03-21

o.0 bark boat? do i smell an 'ible coming on?

pumpkinman (author)absolute zero2009-04-13


absolute zero (author)pumpkinman2009-04-14

what is a bark boat?? u shud make an 'ible

pumpkinman (author)absolute zero2009-04-15

okey but what is an 'ible?!

absolute zero (author)pumpkinman2009-04-15


WesDoesStuff (author)2008-09-18

those are street sweeper bristles. they fall/break off the scrubber brushes on the bottom of the street sweeper as it cleans the roads. you can make nice tension wrenches out of them (for lock picking) you should do an instructable on the bark boat. i am very impressed by it. nice ob and don't forget spell check *use firefox*

pumpkinman (author)WesDoesStuff2008-09-18

ooh i did not know that tanks I'll change it right away. the bark boat is extremly easy to make whit the knife.

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