Spoon carving.

Spoon carving with Jon Mac.
A blog following my journey in the world of bushcraft, spoon carving and kuksa carving. Home of the JonMac MiniMac carving knife.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Kuksa carving course.

I've just set up a Picatic event where you can buy a ticket for a two day Kuksa carving course with me, Jon Mac, here in the Shire, rural Devon.

You'll find details HERE!



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Two day Kuksa carving course with Jon Mac, a leading exponent of spoon and Kuksa carving. Camping and carving in beautiful rural Devon.

A two day course with Jon Mac at a beautiful rural location in Torbryan, Devon. Jon will teach you how to carve a Kuksa (wooden drinking cup) from green Birch, using traditional camp or bushcraft tools, namely Axe, straight knife and hook knife. The first day will involve Axe work, blanking out the Kuksa, and hooking out the bowl, the second day will revolve around hooking out the bowl and balancing out the overall shape. Jon will supply all tools needed, bring your own if you wish. You can camp at the site or you can find your own local accommodation. It is permissible to arrive on the Friday night to set camp for the course start on Saturday morning. Toilet available at the house.
Course requirement.
Prior knowledge of Axe use is preferred.
If you have no previous experience, watch out for my future spooncarving courses.

Kit list.
Warm and waterproof clothing.
Own camping equipment if choosing to camp. 
Tent/ground sheet/kip mat/sleeping bag.
Cooking equipment/food and toiletries for the weekend.
I'll see you when you get here.
ATB.
Jon Mac.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

A real time spoon carving movie.


I have finally, nearly, almost, come to grips with the movie settings on my trusty camera.
I thought it was about time I made a movie of a complete spoon carve.
This is not a film of close up detail but a film covering all of the motions one needs to carve an eccentric Jon Mac pocket spoon using my three trusty edge tools, Axe, knife and hook knife.
I was joined in the movie by one of my Red Robin helpers.
I do hope you find this movie useful.
All the best for now...
Enjoy.








Saturday, 31 March 2018

Chip carving.


I recently handled a little blade I bought from Nic Westermann some time ago.
I've been meaning to have a proper attempt at chip carving and now I have the right tool I'm really enjoying the process.
You'll find how to pop your blade onto your own carved handle if you click HERE

I've been carving some nice little pocket spoons recently, around five inches long, just right for lightweight campers or cycle tourists.

The first thing you need to do is carve your spoon, leaving enough space at the handle to allow for your chosen design.
With a compass describe a circle.

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Take the compass point off of the spoon and place the point anywhere on your circle.
Describe a semicircle dissecting the original circle.
Then place the point on one of the new junctions of circle and semicircle and proceed until you've drawn a simple flower shape.

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With your sharp knife cut into the centre line of one of the petal shapes.
The blade should be vertical.

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And draw down from petal end to end.
Then you need to cut obliquely into the bottom of your original cut from petal end to end, describing an arc as you do so, and keeping the knife point within the your original vertical cut.

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And repeat the other side.

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You should now have a clean petal shape.

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Once you've finished, add a stem using the same technique.

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Here's a little video I managed to take that shows the process.
I hope it's clear enough for you to copy the technique and have some fun.
I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying this little blade and the things I'm able to do with it.



All the best for now... J







Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sharpening a spoon carving hook knife.


A very quick post showing a technique for keeping your trusty hook knife in good sharp working order.
You need two things, both shown in the video below.
The first is a flat strop, good quality leather glued to a flat board.
A dowel strop, leather glued or tied around a suitable diameter dowel.
Add to this some polishing compound or chrome cleaner applied to the leather.
In the case of chrome cleaner please let it dry before use.
That's about all.
Earlier in this blog you'll find a tutorial about how to sharpen a hook with stones, but you don't really need this.
Practice the technique shown in the video and your hook knife should cut like a laser...