Thursday, 11 September 2014

Birch serving spoons

I started these serving spoons at Spoonfest this year but with getting back on two feet again having my cast off and starting work again, I only recently managed to finish them.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Spoonfest 2014

Well I'm home from Spoonfest and what a fabulous time was had by all!.
The event was run so well and it was fantastic to meet up with friends old and new.
The atmosphere was Suberb with everyone willing to help and share information and skills.
I taught some classes in chip carving and basket weave which was brilliant and I found it very rewarding with some excellent students.

I swapped a few spoons with friends Keith Mathews who traded me a lovely cedar bark tool carrier with elm bast strap.

I also swapped spoons with another friend Don Nalezyty.
A fabulous Tulip poplar spoon.

I didn't take any pictures but did shoot some footage and edit a short film as I thought it would show more of the event.

Spoonfest 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Landscape magazine article (spoons)

The latest copy of Landscape magazine featuring an article on my work is out now.
I was approached by the magazine last year about running an article on my spoons.
It was an interesting day being interviewed whilst going through the process of my carving.
I'm pleased with the article and impressed with the photographs.
The magazine can be viewed online but unfortunately it's only 16 pages and I don't think I'm on there.
Here's some pics from the magazine.

It's good that craft is getting the attention that it deserves in the UK .

Monday, 21 July 2014

Finished scoops

I started some scoops or sugar spoons a while back.
A few folk wanted to see them finished so I thought that I would post them up.

I managed to get some chip carving patterns of different basket weaves done on the handles.

And the finished three.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Getting set for teaching at Spoonfest

I have been asked to teach some classes at Spoonfest this year. I'm really looking forward to it and have been preparing some ideas for the classes , I will be teaching spoon decoration and some chip carving/Kolrosing.
If you are going to spoonfest why not sign up for my class.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fine detail chip carving

After I had finished the spoon in my last post I just couldn't stop thinking it needed something, I was quite happy with the overall shape but resisted basket weave on the handle, partly because it's large handle and it might have been too much.
So I opted for some subtle cuts.

I have added chip carving to the handle stem before on my spoons and I like it. It's just adds that little something to an area that doesn't really get any attention by the user.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The joys of spalted wood

I love spalted wood and found a nice sized Birch log in the wood pile. 

This came from a tree that was infected by Piptoporus betulinus, because of the way the fungus breaks down the cellulose and hemi cellulose the wood often has a nice smell to it, almost like a eucalyptus smell, this wood smelled lovely.

When split the wood had a nice natural curve so I decided to follow this and make a ladle.

With the rough shape axed out I then trim up with the axe to thin and refine the spoon blank ready for the knife work.

At this stage I'm happy to start using the knife.

Me carving and my daughter making loom bands, she's obsessed with them and is getting good at making them, it's good to see her concentrating on her craft.

Ready for the oil.

I love how nicely the wood has darkened up with the oil.

This Ladle measures 280mm in length and is part of my stock I will be taking to spoonfest to sell in a few weeks time.