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.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Splalted Birch

As I have been going through the crooked branch pile I found some Birch, it's been there a while but left in long lengths so when cut was reasonably wet.
A lot of it is small pieces so I carved a salt spoon.

It's just over 8cm long so was tricky to carve out with the axe and knife.
I think it's turned out quite nice with a lovely flow to it from handle to bowl.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Searching through the log pile for crooked pieces

I am a terrible hoarder ( and my wife will agree with me on that one! )
for years now I have always been bringing bits of wood home, mainly pieces of wood with nice bends or crooks, these along with woods from trees that have had a special meaning to them for me that I have encountered in my work, or from trees that aren't too common to our shores.

A lot of the wood gets stock piled and some never gets returned to . 
The past few days I have been searching through these piles of wood looking for find nice bits to carve,
Among them have been some nice birch crooks. Hazel crooks and even some tulip tree crooks.

A lot of the bigger pieces I carved almost straight away when I got them home, so the ones that are left have been too small for large ladles so I have been carving out some small ladles and scoops.

Because of their size rather than try to split them in two, I prefer to carve them out with the axe.

This way I have more control of how they will turn out, some of them are even too small for the axe!.

Carving smaller spoons is fun and they always look great and when from crooks they always feel good in the hand.

I plan to do some chip carving on these when they are done so I shall post some pictures if folks are interested to see how the turn out?.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Splitting larger diameter logs

I've recently run out of smaller diameter wood to use so have split some larger wood to use for some spoons.
The smaller stuff was easy for me to do with my leg being the way it is, but it looks like it's on the mend as I am able to put weight on it at the minute without much pain. 
So with my trusty Elwell wedges and my axe I set to this Sycamore log to split down.

A few spoons marked out on pieces that were cut down.

A few spoons carved ready for the oil.