Saturday, 26 January 2013

Rat Tail Spoon

I decided to take a look at some of the 17th & 18th Century spoon designs and came across some fascinating and ornate spoons. I looked at one photograph of a spoon which was described as having a rat tail on the bowl. I had unwittingly been playing around with designs of spoons for a while and believe I had already carved a spoon with a very similar design.

18th Century Rat tail spoon
However, I decided to have ago at carving a spoon with a similar design as shown above, my chosen wood would be Sweet Chestnut easy to carve and is very light after drying out. The down side the the grain is generally uninspiring and the wood can go a very unpleasant colour when given a coating of oil.

Sweet Chestnut without walnut oil.

Walnut oil applied
Grain uninspiring
Quite enjoyed making the spoon but not sure its a design I will be carving on a regular basis.

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

White,Green & Tools

Yesterday lunchtime I decide to go for a walk in the woods. I have to say that despite all the disruption that the snow brings it also gives us some picturesque and at time's stunning views. What I was surprised to see despite the sub zero temperatures and snow is that Mother nature never stops her relentless move to grow. I stopped at a Hazel tree for a moment and despite the snow covered limbs of the tree there were small beacons of bright green, new shoots, amazing. So for my first post in the New Year, its not carving but the beauty of  Green shoots and White snow in pictures. Hopefully, I will be back in the shed carving very soon and perhaps one of the first tasks will be to complete a project that for some reason I shelved last year the Yew knife handle. Just never seemed to get around to completing the project.

Green new shoots - Hazel.

This year its time to invest in some new tools to I currently use a Grunsfors Brucks Small Forest Axe for my carving and all though not originally bought for the task it has served me well. However, it is quite cumbersome for prolonged use. So, a new axe, I have to say that Grunsfors make great axes despite the cost, so again I have decided to purchase a Grunsfors, the Carving Axe with a double bevel.

Two other tool items that I intend to purchase are a twca cam knife and a curved adze's. I intend to try and make some large wooden bowls and more Kuksas this year, hopefully. I keep saying to myself I am going to make a horse for carving well that is already in hand and hopefully will be in use shortly.