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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Yesterday's spoon carving course

Yesterday I ran a spoon carving course teaching students to carve spoons using just an axe and two knives.
It was a good days teaching with some great spoons made.




Axes at rest at the end of the day


For details on courses you can Email me at greenwoodwork26@yahoo.com

Monday, 26 January 2015

Finished Ladle

I finished the Horse Chestnut ladle so I thought that I would put up a few pictures for those who are interested.


I've also been making a couple more and using the adze to hollow the bowls.





This one didn't quite split as I would have wished. I managed to get a decent sized ladle out of the top piece and a smaller scoop from the bottom piece.


I also had a delivery of a load of Birch. I have a course at the workshop at the weekend so it will be perfect for the students to carve.



Thursday, 22 January 2015

A few working pics

I thought that I would post up some pictures of a ladle that I am carving at the moment,
I have a few Horse a Chestnut crooked branches from a tree climbing friend.
I have split a few open and I took some pictures of a few stages.








The ladle is at a rough stage and when dry I will finish it with the finishing cuts ,
I will post some pics when it's finished.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Some recent work

Well this is my first post of the year.
I've been a little bit busy with a few commissions but also managed to make a few new spoons,

The first one is a nice big ladle from Horse Chestnut. I managed to get hold of a few nice bent branches big enough for some nice spoons.






There was a big knot on the handle which at the time I was going to either remove or leave. I decided to leave it and do a free form chip carving of a flower and leaf design.

The second is made from Birch.
I'm pleased with this one!



This spoon is a sort of remake of a design of a spoon we have used in the kitchen for years. It's the spoon my wife likes to use for most things in the kitchen.


It's a cooking spoon come scoop that works with everything from turning pancakes to stirring soup.


Monday, 3 November 2014

Found some time to carve.

Ive been very bust recently with work and other things but managed some time to carve some very nice silver Birch.
I have also recieved in the post from Israel a lovely eating spoon from a friend Yoav Elkayam. Along with this wonderfull hand drawn envelope.


I met Yoav at Spoonfest this year and gifted him a little salt spoon from Birch.
I was delighted with his spoon and enjoyed eating my breakfast with it.


In fact I have used it daily ever since and it's a great spoon.

I also saw a post by another friend Sharif Adams, he wrote on his blog of an Apple wood spoon I gave him when I visited his home for a bowl carving course at the start of the year. He has been using it a lot since and it's one of his favourite spoons.


Mine is the one on the left with a very nice patina, I am thrilled that my spoons are enjoyed and used daily, it's a great compliment.

Finding some carving time at the weekend was very much needed and carving this rather nice Birch wood was very rewarding.




I am enjoying carving serving spoons at the moment, I'm also enjoying playing around with some different designs and styles.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Silver Birch serving spoons

I love Birch and it's fantastic wood for carving. It's a joy to use and provides excellent wood for spoons.
Here is a few pics of some serving spoons I have just finished.









Saturday, 4 October 2014

Kolrosing chip carving mix

Just finished this silver Birch eating spoon. For the handle detail pattern I decided to very finely chip carve the main outlines of the design and for the finer details in the basket weave pattern I used  Kolrising. The mix of the two combined with ground coffee and flax seed oil really works well, the fine chip carving holds the coffee well.