Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Spoons

It's been about four months since I posted any work. It seems incredible that here we are on Christmas Eve. Anyway, having been out in the woods and decided to carve a couple of spoons. I just seem to have been working on spoons this year! Quite an emotional year and my focus has been taken away from my carving for several reasons. However, back to the spoons.


Hazel 
The first spoon is carved from hazel and finished off with a small decoration to the rear of the spoon.



An unusual shape bending up and to the right but I quite like the way it has come out of the wood, just let the wood lead the way.


Next from a similar piece of wood an extreme right angle spoon. Not sure if it will ever be used I just liked the shape of the wood to start with carving a tear drop type bowl.

Hazel 

Not sure why but I could not get them to stay in portrait for the blog. My final offering again in Hazel is a small spoon which I enjoyed carving, the bowl is more an oblong shape.



So thank you for dropping in over the year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

Thank you until next time.

 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Spoons a plenty.

So I did say in a previous blog that I was getting back into whittling spoons. So here we have a few spoons that I have just completed over a couple of days. All carved in Cherry wood.

Grunsfors Small Forest Axe & Mora Knife







I decided to carve a small design shape on the rear it came out quite well. I m starting to add little motives / designs but still got a lot of practising to do.

Cherry spoon with Walnut oil added.
 The next spoon was carved as a gift for my neighbour I love the shape of the bowl I must try that design / style again almost serving spoon size too.


Walnut Oil applied
The next few pictures are not of a spoon but a small shovel / scoop just thought I would try something different still carved in Cherry wood.


Roughed out with the axe
Marked up and starting to carve with the Mora crook & straight knife.
Easier sometimes to work with the Mora detail knife.


The cherry wood was still green and I found that it very difficult to get a really nice finish. However I got there in the end.
Again I tried a bit of detailing I found it quite difficult not sure I like it.

A beeswax finish this time.

The finished article I need more practise on the detailing.
Hope you have enjoyed my short blog. Thanks for reading.

Paul

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Spoon Spalted Beech




I decided to have ago at that Spalted Beech that I commented on in my last post. I actually thought it was rotten when it split whilst trying to baton it out. However, I perceived mainly it was just so wet but as I progressed with the work it dried out amazingly well. I generally name my spoons but one did not come to mind so "Its spoon with no name"

Beech spoon finished but no oil applied 
I like to finish my spoons with walnut oil far better than Olive Oil.




Finished spoon with oil on below its not until the oil goes on that the grain comes to life and all that hard work pays off.




Its a very light spoon I will let it dry out completely before I use it in the kitchen. Thanks for reading.


Paul

The TJ Porridge Spoon

So it seems i'm drifting back into whittling spoons again. My Dremmel gave up the ghost last week just as I was finishing of a Whale Flute (Tail) carved pendant in beef bone. So until I purchase a new one its back to spoons, actually quite relaxing and not very time consuming. I made my self a nice porridge spoon a couple of weeks ago. I thought I would make one for my young grandson. So here we go.

Porridge spoon Birch wood
The spoon was carved from a straight piece of Birch  


I originally was shown how to choose a piece of wood with a nice curve in it for the shape of the handle. However, it can take quite a while to find such a piece. I find it easier just to carve the shape in. The spoon is about the size of a teaspoon. Rubbed back through numerous grades of sandpaper. I raised the grain twice in warm water before rubbing back again. I do not want splinters in the little chaps mouth. Eventually finished of with a coat of walnut oil. You will not taste this at all just helps the wood.

Hope you like the spoon. I have just found some spalted Birch might be very hard but I might be able to carve a good spoon.

As always thanks for reading stay safe till next time.

Paul

Beautiful or Beastly

I have been wandering around and taking some pictures of fallen,dead or partially alive tree stumps. I find them quite artistically beautiful. They do however say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So make a comment if you would like. It is a very heavy picture post but what do you think.












Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bone Surfboard Pendant

I started thinking about carving into Beef bones after my first attempt at bone carving with Tristan's White Whale carved into deer antler. After some research about bone carving, I decided to go down to the local Pet store and try and fine me a beef bone. The only ones that I could find were stuffed with fillings so I go and buy two came to about £4. The next step was to empty the bones of filling which was promptly eaten up by Pants. I then washed the bones out and let them dry for about a 3 days. I was unsure what design to experiment with eventually going with the surfboard.

Beef bone halved
Once in the shed I halved the bone by sawing no mean feat in itself. Then drawn a surfboard onto one half of the bone. The next step was to cut the rough shape out this was completed using a fret saw. Then it was a case of working on reducing the thickness of the bone. A belt sander was my preferred means to achieve the right thickness at the same time I sanded the shape into the bone.


From that point on it was a case of using small files and a Dremmel to achieve the desired shape and finish. Finally, I used very rough to smooth grades of emery to get a good finish the last sanding was done using polish and wire wool. The final coat was pure beeswax applied several times. I have to say that there was some grease transferred into the bone from the filling that you can see in the top picture, however, this did not ruin the finish in my opinion. A small hole was drilled with the Dremmel for a length of waxed cord to go through to finish the surf board pendant off. A gift for my son if he wants it.



Black 0.8mm waxed cotton cord.
Perhaps the hardest part of making this small object was trying to get the actual realistic surf board shape, I think that it is quite close, still its not as if we are going to surf on it.......

Hope you enjoyed this small post. Thank you for reading and stay safe until the next time.

Paul