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Axiom Champ Natural

22 April 2017 - 06:47 PM

I've been wanting go make one for a while. Started one a while back and it didn't pass the stress test. Started another and it was not symmetrical enough for my tastes so was scraped. It was snowing out today, so I decided to try again.

The wood has some character, a few marks, a few divots, but the colors and grain are going to make it worth it. The stress test was passed safely.

It's not perfect by any means, but my best Axiom yet. I took the calipers to it after the last pic and evened off the height of the fork tips, I knew it was off but didn't want to admit it. The fork opening is symmetrical, done with drum sander, but looks wonky because of the grain and wood flaws.

I'm not done yet, but was excited to see it coming together so figured I would share my progress. It is a natural board cut but I tried to retain some natural flair to it. Hopefully the next pics will be a finished frame and not a busted one.

One side has beautiful grain and the other is plain with some character knots and patches, as seen in the last two pics.

Fork:
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Laid out:
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Rough cut:
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Plained a bit:
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Relaid out:
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Cutting:
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Comparing:
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Filing grooves:
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Sanding:
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Oiling:
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Grain side:
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Funky side:
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Oak in the Pickle Jar or Pickle in the Oak Pile?

21 April 2017 - 04:17 PM

Made from a scrap piece of Oak from our yard. Hand carved, shaped, sanded, oiled and waxed.

It was a turd of a piece and I had no idea of anything would become of it. I'm glad I stuck with it though, it turned out to be a solid little PFS.

Now if only I could shoot them.

Front:
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Side:
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De-barked & Outlined:
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Rough Shaping:
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Rough Filing:
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Final Sanding:
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Finished:
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In Hand:
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A Fork'n good ride home

05 April 2017 - 03:33 PM

Even though we live in the city, we are fortunate to live within walking distance to a beautiful and LARGE city forest/park. I also commute to work during warmer weather and am lucky to have it mainly through parks, river banks and bike paths. In fact, it is Canada's largest urban park: http://www.winnipegt.../preston-trail/

Last year I put on about 2000km, but was hampered with a kidney stone in the middle of summer, still my best year in a long time. It slowed me down a bit, but not too bad. I'm starting a month early (April 3) and with any luck, I'll hit 3000km of commuting via peddle this year, along with some fun rides with the kids.

Anyway, I decided to throw in my folding saw the other day, after seeing a bunch of freshly downed trees and deadfall that were all easily accessible. I made a few quick stops on the ride home today and loaded up my backpack.

Hopefully a few of these will turn out.

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Two for One - A couple small naturals.

19 March 2017 - 03:07 PM

Well, after a few fails, I am happy to present a couple that did turn out. [emoji106]

Both of these were harvested from the dog park, too small for full sized frames but make nice PFS or small plinkers.

Full of grain, knots, character and void of any cracks. They were hand made, carved, filed, sanded, oiled and waxed. Finally waxing was applied yesterday, so they got banded up today.

I've been using my little "Swiss Made" carving knife with these frames, as opposed to my Opinel with the larger frames. It is much easier to control when working with a smaller frame.

#1:
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#2:
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Filling knot hole with epoxy:
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Banded together:
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In my hand:
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I absolutely love it when the eye of the forks is dead centre after carving. The smile in the middle of the one, is an added bonus:
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Two in a row that didn't pass the stress test.

18 March 2017 - 05:01 PM

Knowing I'll probably never lay hands on a custom frame from Ray or Nathan, I've been trying my hand at making my own.

Yesterday I made an Axiom that failed and today I whipped this one up. Before sanding, I figured I'd test it. Clamped it in a work station with some ParaCord wrapped on fork tips and have a good pull.

Creek, crack, split, curse, cry....FAIL

It was still a fun build and think I'll be able to pull it off again with some Oak or a known wood.

I'd rather have it fail now, before sanding, oiling or worse....shooting.

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And the Axiom

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No pics of the fail, I wasn't happy at the time.
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