Several months ago I received two pieces of Camillia wood from scholar, book artist, teacher and friend, L.L. Foster. The wood came from a Camillia bush that grew in the lawn of the Foster home place. I have had the pieces in storage, waiting for an appropriate project for their use. And what would be a better use of the wood than tools used daily in the studio?
I made two marking knives for layout work. The first, I used an old hacksaw blade, which will have a little “give” when marking dovetails and other fine work.
The carving knife on the right is modeled after the Sloyd knives of Sweden.
The second marking knife, made with a stainless steel blade, for general layout.
Finished pieces. I have been using a scalpel, exacto knife or .05 pencil for laying out dovetail lines. These knives will be a huge improvement. The bevel is on one side of the blade, the other flat, which will register against the reference piece for very accurate layout. The handles are comfortable in the hand, plus the tools embody the ancestry of influence. It is nice to use tools that tell stories.