Spoon carving from a Bushcraft perspective with Jon Mac...
I am a spoon carver who lives and works on Dartmoor in Devon.
I carve spoons and Kuksa from green wood, using the three principal bushcraft tools. The knife, Axe and hook knife. I find spoon carving gives me a greater understanding of these tools as I can demonstrate a precision of craft in the finished spoon. I have developed my own spoon carving knife 'The MaChris' which is made by 'Chris Grant' a fantastically talented bladesmith.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

MaChris sales move to a new home at Workshop Heaven.

Due to an increase in demand for our MaChris line of knives
Chris Grant and I have passed over the sales and orders to our good friend and colleague
Matthew Platt

Nip on over to Matthews web site and sign up for his news letter.
He will inform you of availability and price via a regular email.

The MaChris Bushcraft/Carving knife.


Design :- Jon Mac.
Crafted by :- Chris Grant.

The MaChris bushcraft/carver has been in production for five years now.
It is a superbly crafted knife designed for maximum comfort and minimum maintainance.
A fast knife in the hand, this knife will allow the user to undertake the simplest or most demanding carving work.
The MaChris bushcraft/carver is made using 52100 bearing steel.
This steel is extremely tough and will not chip or fold even in the hardest of wood.
The super keen cutting edge can be easily serviced on a good quality Japanese water stone.

The MaChris bushcraft/carver has a Scandinavian grind which is ideal for carving or skinning.
The fine tip will allow a tight turn when tackling internal curves.
The handle has been ergonomically designed to give a high degree of comfort during long periods of use.
The handle design will enable the carver to deliver maximum power in both forward and reversed grips.

The overall dimensions of the MaChris bushcraft/carver are.
Length :- 230 mm.
Spine width :- 3 mm.

The MiniMac carving knife.


Design :- Jon Mac.
Crafted by :- Chris Grant.

The MiniMac carving knife is made using 52100 bearing steel.
The MiniMac carving knife is a smaller version of our MaChris bushcraft/carver.
This smaller knife is an ideal size for more delicate, refined carving work.

Again, the handle design will enable the carver to undergo long carving sessions with little fatigue.
The blade is mounted to the handle via a pin tang.

A light fast knife with a fine tip useful for tight internal curves and chip carving decoration.

The overall dimensions of the MiniMac are.

Length :- 200 mm.
Spine width :- 2.75 mm.

The MaChris EVO.


Design :- Jon Mac.
Crafted by : Chris Grant.

The MaChris EVO is brand new from MaChris Design.
This particular model is a prototype made in a very resilient and tough stainless steel.
CPM 154.
The handle profile is very similar to the MaChris bushcraft/carver giving the user a high degree of comfort and speed whilst at camp.
The handle scales are stabilised Caledonian bog oak some thousands of years old.
(stabilisation by Crandart knives)
This is a flat grind bushcraft/camp knife designed for some tough use.
The spine is a full 6mm tapering down to nothing at the cutting edge.
The design will allow the user to batten some reasonably large wood for the camp fire whilst also being delicate enough for use in the camp kitchen.

The overall dimensions of the MaChris EVO are.
Length :- 250mm.
Spine width :- 6mm.

At the moment we are testing a prototype and if all goes to plan we will make the EVO available toward the end of 2015 beginning of 2016.
I will keep you informed of it's progress.

I would like to convey our thanks to our present customers and we extend a welcome to our new MaChris knife owners.


Jon Mac.

©MaChris Design.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A MiniMac write up by WORKSHOPHEAVEN .

Here you can read a splendid write up by our good friend Matthew Platt.
I can't tell you how excited both Chris Grant and I were when we finished reading it.

Matthew owns and runs a business called 

He sells top of the range woodworking tools.
Please take some time to visit his web site.


Bespoke Hand Tools: The MiniMac Woodcarving Knife

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This is the best woodcarving knife I have ever used - by a very long way.

It is the finished product of a long collaboration between two good friends of mine, both of them wonderfully skilled craftsmen. Creative artist and woodcarver Jon Mac from Dartmoor and custom knifemaker Chris Grant from Arbroath. 

Jon Mac+Chris Grant

The knife began as a bespoke commission for Jon's work carving elegant spoons, bowls and kuksa. When you watch Jon carve you'll quickly grasp the care and consideration with which he approaches all creative tasks, the design of this tool is no exception. There isn't a straight line on it, and every curve has been considered, refined and perfected by hand and eye. 

Chris thrives on the creative process, he gets deeply involved in the design of each project, feeding in his rich experience of blade steels and heat treatment processes. Working to the highest standards in metal, wood and leather, he brings everything together to deliver an exquisitely handcrafted product. He only makes knives, but boy does he make knives!

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The development since the original commission has been entirely organic, other carvers have tried the knife and been sufficiently blown away by its performance and dexterity that, with Jon's blessing, they have commissioned their own. Jon is a big guy with large hands, so when the stream of people who wanted one showed no sign of abating, the two got together again to work on a smaller version of his original design that would be better suited to people with average sized hands.

The result is the MiniMac, same sweet balance in exactly the same spot as the MaChris, same extraordinary edge strength, but when you compare the two side by side you can see that the subtleties of both the blade and handle shape have all been completely reworked. The MiniMac is a stick tang, which makes it considerably lighter, although in use they both just blend into the hand.

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I've had this MiniMac for a few months now, and apart from a couple of very light dressing strokes on 5 micron lapping film I am still using the original shaving sharp edge. 

The MiniMac has very quickly become an integral part of how I work; to the extent that trying to carve with anything else just feels wrong. I can work with it for hours with no fatigue and place cuts with a level of precision I had previously not understood. It is no understatement to say that I would now be at a loss without it. 

Could you still carve with a lesser knife? Of course you can, absolutely, but at the end of the day I carve for pleasure. There is nothing quite so luxurious as leaning against a tree on a sunny afternoon with a really good knife and a nice piece of wood and relishing every single cut.

©Matthew Platt