Handmade Knives

My kitchen has every kind of knife you could possibly ever need or use and a lot of them are handmade by my husbands Uncle Holl.  The knives stay sharp but most of them are larger knives so I have to buy smaller paring knives.  I usually buy them online at LEM’s and they are a very good quality knife.  Here are some photos of the knives that Uncle Holl made:

Knives made by Uncle Holl
Knives made by Uncle Holl
The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm.  The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.
The handles are made from wood he cut at the farm. The blades were made from steel he had on the farm as well.
This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.
This is a handmade knife holder that was made at the farm as well.
I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.
I have three of the cases hanging in my kitchen.
Close up of the knife I use the most.
Close up of the knife I use the most.
Bigger butcher knife
Bigger butcher knife

We have two knives that a friend of ours made and the handle is made from a deer antler and the jaw bone of a black bear.  The paring knife fits my hand perfectly and the one from the bear jar will be place in the living room on an easel for everyone to see.

Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle.
Paring knife with a deer antler used for the handle and made by Mike Duncan.

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Knife with a bear jaw handle.
Knife with a bear jaw handle made by Mike Duncan.
Handmade case for the knife
Handmade case for the knife
The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.
The bear jaw had lost two teeth and the knife maker made teeth to complete the jaw.

Just goes to show you can re-purpose almost anything.

End of Summer clues

You know that summer is coming to an end when the kids start back to school but the real clues are when the garden is being cleaned off for the fall crops, the woodshed is full and the cellar shelves are stocked. I was riding home yesterday and saw a hint of gold and orange in the tops of maple trees on our road. Last night we saw a herd of deer near the house and three of the larger bucks had lost the velvet from their horns. The apples are starting to drop and the wildlife is scarfing it up almost before it hits the ground. The hummingbird population has dropped from 30 to 10 or 12. The chickens molt has come to an end and the new feathers are shining. The cats and dogs on the farm have almost quit shedding. The katydids are screaming way before dark and the evening porch sitting is so much cooler. Best of all, the screech owls are calling!! Fall is near!!

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