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Some of the great knife makers here at iKC are making knives with handles of a very rare "Sticky Pine" wood that came to my attention recently. The wood comes from a 300+ year old pine that was cut in the year 1900 then the stump languished in a seasonally wet swamp for 110 years more until it was harvested last year. It has about as much resin as any specimen ever found. If you search the forum for "sticky pine" you can see some of the amazing first creations with the wood.

I have a few more pieces of the wood if you seriously want to handle a knife with it and post photos and comments to our group by the end of June.

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on April 2, 2010 at 0:16
Ok, here's my third installment. Thought I'd do something that I usually do.

The grain on this one split so much I thought I'd never get one carved.
Monkey is 1 1/2" tall and 1 1/8" wide.
Comment by J.J. Smith III on April 1, 2010 at 15:29
Thanks Kyley,
I only post pics of the finished project. The mistakes wind up in the shrub border around the porch, but it seems to depend on the way the grain runs. Had problems with my #3 project splitting. It's finished just haven't got around to taking the pic.
Comment by J.J. Smith III on March 26, 2010 at 0:35
My fourth entry. (Third is not finished yet.)

Khukuri hat pin. 2 1/4 " long.
Comment by J.J. Smith III on March 23, 2010 at 12:08
That's why I carved it the way I did. Wanted to keep it with the grain. My latest is proving to be more troublesome due to the grain. I'll let you know what comes out of it.
Comment by Andy Voelkle "AxeMan" on March 23, 2010 at 0:07
Nice carving, JJ — that stuff is pretty hard, and easy to split. Perfect little axe!
Comment by J.J. Smith III on March 21, 2010 at 0:15
I told Andy, a few days ago, that I was pondering an "Andy theamed" piece of Sticky Pine.
Got it finished...

Andy inspired axe hat pin.
Pics are roughly actual size. Head is 1 1/4" wide and handle is 2 1/2" long.
Comment by Doug Scearce on March 20, 2010 at 5:17
At Home we use this to start fires in the fireplace An it's called lighter ed wood, Comes out of Dead pines the sap drys out an it will get all over your hands, but smells good! Especially found in old stumps!
Comment by J.J. Smith III on March 19, 2010 at 1:31
The smallest "Sticky Pine" knife.

Andy sent me a box with an assortment of sticky pine pieces. I wanted to figure how to best work this very rosinous wood.
Idea was from a woodcarving forum. Actual re-shaped carving blade with brass pins.
The hat pin is 2 7/16", with a 7/8" blade.

Working on a few other "small" ideas, and will post later.

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