I finally got around to finishing the bone folders.


Lessons learned:

  • bone is hard
  • bone can hold an edge

I thought I could just shape this stuff with a file, but damn it’s hard. I got out a belt sander and used that to shape it. That worked a treat, but the bone dust stinks so I used a filter mask. Once they were shaped, I sanded them by hand down to 280 grit. They are now very smooth.

I can see why bone gets used for tools as well. Not only is it hard, but it can be sharp. I had to deliberately sand the edge off these tools. They were too sharp to comfortably handle, and I think that if I left the edge on, instead of scoring paper, they would probably have cut it. Hmm, now there’s an experiment I could try.

This is my first attempt at making a bone folder, so I’m going to have to play around with them a bit to see if they actually work like they are supposed to. I may need to modify my design.

I used the beef bones, as the lamb bones I had prepared were too thin.

I bought a new bone folder while I was on holiday, and it’s dead straight, and quite a bit longer then the ones I made. I don’t think I could make mine any longer with the bones I had, so I wonder what kind bone is commercially used. I here Elk is popular. I don’t know where I could get Elk here in Australia.

I’ve kept some smaller bits of bone so I can make buttons and the like.