1. Do the tools come sharp?
Yes! – They come surgeon sharp. I mirror-polish, sharpen, and micro-test each and every tool I make.
2. Are the hook knives difficult for novice carvers to sharpen?
No, surprisingly, this is because:
a.) I mirror-polish the inside of the hook – which should never be touched again with a stone.
b.) The outside is stropped in a smooth sweeping motion against a strop on a table. See Sharpening page under ‘How-To’s’.
3. How long will my order take?
We strive to make and ship orders within 2 weeks, however, spoon carving tools are often much more delayed.
4. Do I offer a sharpening service?
No, sharpening is a continuous part of carving. On occasion I have repaired tools, but a good diamond stone is usually all that is needed to do repair. If my sharpening instructions are not working for you, please send me a note.
5. Do we sell from our home?
No – we really like our quiet life.
6. Do we sell kolrosing drawings, plans or blanks?
Nine patterns come with the kolrosing video.
7. Are your knives guaranteed?
Yes! Pinewood Forge Knives are fully guaranteed. See above.
8. May I copy any of the information from the web site?
All text and information in our web site is copyrighted. However, you are welcome to copy and use our information for personal, non-profit use. It is here for our customers’ woodcarving benefit.
9. How does one repair a damaged tip on a Harley knife?….
Here’s a correspondence about that:
“Del, I need to repair a tip on one of the Harley knives I purchased from you 6 years ago. The very end of the tip has gotten broken.”
“Hi B, I have found tips like that quite quick to repair – by placing the tip on a coarse stone, edge straight up, then, looking sideways at the knife – hold it at a 45 degree angle to the stone and run it up and down the stone straight in line with the blade, (not sideways to the blade). It should quickly work down the back of tip till it comes to a crisp point, refine it on a very fine stone, a quick stropping to get rid of any burr, and it’s brand new.”
“Del, I just got done following your instructions and the knife point appears to be back to a good point.
Thanks for directing me on how to do that, B”.
10. How do I make and fit a handle to one of your blades?……See my Handle Making Tutorial.
11. If I carve spoons from wet or partly wet wood can it harm the knives in any way?
Carving from a ‘still dripping fresh cut branch’ is the tradition! This is because it carves so much easier, and because there are no drying cracks as can happen in a dried solid piece.
The only harm to tools is if they are put away wet, if there is concern just put on a very thin coat of a grease, such as Vaseline as soon as you’re done carving, as a guarantee.