Pekka Tuominen Birch Bark Handle

Here is a very good photo essay by Pekka Tuominen first presented on his Facebook page, I enjoy this style of handle which is native to Finland and northern Scandinavia.
The birch bark makes for a very comfortable grip and attractive handle suitable in all weather conditions. Here is how it’s done by a master. Thank you Pekka!
Pekka’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/puukkopekkacom/165617670155873

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Birch bark

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after cutting horizontally and vertically

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cleaning the birch bark

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blade, bolsters and handle material ready

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start stacking the bark alternating horizontal and vertical pieces

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tighten the stack

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rivet the back bolster

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first rough grind

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heating in oven about 75 C, 165 F for about 30 minutes.

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tighten after heating

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tang

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file the tang

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last hammering

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rivet is ready

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last grind

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final honing with water sandpaper

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the finished puukko!

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6 responses to “Pekka Tuominen Birch Bark Handle

  1. A most excellent set of photos and instructions. Thank you very much.

  2. heating in oven about 75 C – how long time?

  3. ½ hour is ok time !

  4. Thanks a lot Pekka!

  5. Made my first handle today and learnt that an angle grinder is not a good substitute for a wheel.

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