There was a crooked man, who had a crooked knife…

Well okay, maybe not so crooked, …just a little bent. 😉

But the knife is definitely a crooked knife. The crooked knife is one of the principle carving tools of native folks of the Pacific Northwest, or First Nations’ People, as they say in Canada.

I made my crooked knife in a class taught by a First Nations carver. It has a manzanita driftwood handle, and a blade made from an old Sawzall™ blade.

One of the nice things about a crooked knife is that it combines several sizes of carving gouge in one tool, so unlike european chisels, you’re not constantly setting one down, and picking one up as you work. It’s all there, right in your hand. 🙂