I've done over 2000 knives now, and no two have ever been the same.
In a world where everything is mass produced, finding something unique, and specific to you is incredible.
And the best part, you can choose everything!
Lets start at the beginning.
Every piece of wood is unique. I hunt for the most gnarly, knotty and interesting pieces I can find; and given that, I have no idea what the handle will look like until I've sanded and shaped the handle.
All the softer timbers have been vacuum resin stabilised, to create a harder, stronger handle.
I've got a mate (All Purpose Tree Services), who when he needs to take down a tree, he lets me know. I got a phone call to say he had some almond and did I want it. Damn right I wanted it.
It's an incredible dense wood, and beautiful!
Red Gum Burl
The second I saw this timber, it was an instant favourite. It has masses of voids and character, and when matched against a colour, it's just incredible.
Olive wood is a type of wood that only gets better with age, and this one is close to 100 years old. And the wood just gets more beautiful.
Crepe Myrtle Burl
The Crepe Myrtle I've sourced comes from the gorgeous area of Tasmania, and is a simply stunning timber.
This is one of the names I just love. I can't go past saying it: Blackheart Sassafras. But it's a timber that at its core is just beautiful. The heart of the timber is a deeper colour, and the lines that define it are gorgeous.
Red Mallee Burl
I was actually recommended Red Mallee Burl by a customer, and I haven't looked back since. It's a simply stunning timber - hard and very durable.
This timber was sourced very locally. I made friends with a local tree services place (All Type Tree Services), and they'd just taken down an old Silky Oak tree. I rushed in and sourced some of this fantastic timber. It has a kind of holographic effect when you spin it around. It's just gorgeous.
Light Gum Burl
I wish I could tell you what sort of gum it was, but I really can't. All I can say is that it's fantastic. So much character and figure to it. And just brilliant.
This one was a surprise to me. I ordered in some timber from one of my suppliers, and this burl snuck into the order. I cut it open, and discovered it was something really cool!
This is a very interesting timber. It's beautiful, with lots of deep lines through the timber.
Rose Gum Burl
Sourced from Rural SA, this Rose Gum Burl is a beautiful timber, full of character which will look incredible.
This is a desert timber, found in some of the driest arid regions of Australia. Because of that, it's a very hard timber to source, but looks brilliant - it just pops with figure and character.
Stringybark is an Australian timber, and one guess on how they decided to name it. But it works. And looks incredible.
An American timber, loved by wood smokers, it's a beautiful grain and colour, and will look great against any colour.
A classic Australian timber, this orange wood is beautiful, and will look great against many of the colours.
I just like the name of this one. The tree originates from South Africa, but this timber is grown and sourced in Australia. It's a very hard timber - one of our hardest - but beautiful. The timber almost has a holographic effect when looked at from different angles.
This South Australian timber takes the crown as our hardest. It's insanely hard, and beautiful, with so much character.
Termite Eaten Macadamia Timber
I was having some fun with this one - it's from a Macadamia tree that was hollowed out by termites, but I put the timber through a stabilisation process to give it exceptional strength. The natural tunnels, once filled with epoxy, really make it pop.
This timber has some of the biggest grain definition of any woods I've played with so far. A simply stunning timber.
For those that don't know, Epoxy Resin is a two-part resin, which when mixed together produces a clear, rock-hard substance. When I add pearl pigments to it after combining the two parts, it creates literally any colour of the rainbow.
This gives me the option to add any colours together, and highlight both the incredible beauty of the timbers, or the incredibly vibrant colours you want to see.
I can do knives with just solid colour:
Black with Gold Swirl
Or when mixing them with a timber, each colour gives a completely new feel to the knife.
This is Stringybark Burl, and it should give us an idea of the different colour options.
As you can see, each colour brings out something different with the same timber, each creation is unique and brilliant.