For the last couple of months I've been thinking about trying my hand at kolrosing, a Nordic method of decorating wood much like scrimshaw on whale bone. I've seen examples on Pinewood Forges website and on the BCUSA forums and think it really sets off what was decorated. While milking the cows it occurred to me a drill bit should make a pretty decent blade for this purpose once ground and handled. I used the shank of a #14 bit and set it in an Osage handle
You'll find a better explanation on the internet but basically you make a small cut in the wood with a small knife and rub a fine powder in the cut then set it with oil, I used instant coffee but traditionally they used powdered Birch bark or coal dust from what I understand.
Here's a simple serving spoon I made over the weekend and decorated with a simple design.
I'm a beginner at both spoon carving and kolrosing, but it's great fun trying these skills that goes back to our ancestors.