Anthony the "Woodsmith"

I want to show a few more good projects made by the students in my summer class. Today I will talk about Anthony's knives. Unlike my first year at Belmont Hill summer program, when three or four boys wanted to build weaponry, this year it was only one. Anthony was one of my youngest students, a great woodworker who wanted to make a pocket knife from wood. He conceived of the plan by himself and thought well through all of the stages, from cutting to drilling to shaping. My interventions were minor. I showed him how to use a hand saw and rasp in a more efficient way and I riveted the pocket knife hinge for him. For the rivet we used an aluminum nail. I cut the nail 1/8" taller than the thickness of the pocket knife and formed a mushroom head using an anvil and hammer.

 And then after Anthony finished his pocket knife he went on to build an even more impressive bowie knife. And here too he excelled and made a great looking piece.

The blade is made from Maple, the handle was made from laminated Mahogany parts on the Maple blade. Anthony made a mortise in the bolster and slid it over the blade as if it was a metal bolster. His knife making skills are outstanding. Perhaps in the future he will enroll into blacksmithing class and will make a real knife. But, until then he can make wooden replicas that we know for sure are much safer to handle.

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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.