Yesterday, I had a workshop at my place. We sewed clothes, made christmas cards, candles and ear rings – and I made this cheese slicer. It is my new favourite kitchen tool!
I had an old cheese slicer with no handle. At this point, I should thank myself for having such hard times throwing away old, broken things.
The new handle is made from a sheep´s horn. I took the horn with me this summer, when we had to shorten the horns of a ram whose horns were growing at an inward angle, to prevent them from growing into his skull.
I made a hole in the horn using a drill. First a 2 mm bit, then widened the hole with a 3 mm bit. Filled the whole with glue before I put the cheese cutter on the handle. I used a glue gun, which was what I had at hand, and it works fine so far. I could always put it back on using something stronger if it falls off.
I lashed leather thread around the bar between the handle and the slicer for finery, a smoother transition, and to hide a recession on the bar. I might put on more leather thread to smoothen the transition even more, and might file down the sharp cut edge of the horn.
The horn is not treated with anything.
If someone does not know what a cheese cutter is – I do not know if this is the case; I cannot imagine living without one, however I have heard that it is not common outside the Nordic countries. Very strange. Anyway, since this is what I have heard – I will explain. But I must say it feels kinda funny. A cheese slicer is a kithcen tool used for slicing cheese. It gives you thinner slices than a knife does, but it does not work for soft cheese. You hold the cheese in front of you, put the slicer on the far (top) end of the cheese, and pull towars you. Your delicious slice of cheese will instantly appear on top of your cheese slicer.
I have more sheep horns, and plans of making more of these tools. Maybe I can start producing a set of kitchen tools? Cake spades, spatulas and ladles. All with the same Viking look. What do you think?