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, 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...

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Long distance charity bike ride ( Canada-Mexico )


My great friend Sarah is undertaking a journey of a lifetime to raise money for 
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland.
She's planning a cycle tour from Canada down to Mexico.
I promised Sarah that I would help by spreading the word in the hope that some of you might be able to pop a few pounds/dollars in her coffers.
As you know, I was a keen cycle racer in my youth and can only admire Sarahs tenacity.

Sarah is a keen spoon carver, I sat with her some years ago to get her on the right track and we've been friends ever since.



I'm a bike mechanic who loves carving spoons, climbing, circus skills, and of course, cycling. I also volunteer at Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN), a charity that blows my mind with the amazing work they do and how many people they support.


I'm going to cycle from Canada to Mexico to raise £5000 for RCTN. That's over 3000 km in a month! I've never cycled that far before, so it's going to be a challenge. I'll be sharing my journey as I go, from bike build, training and kit selection, to what's happening as I ride. 

I need your support in two ways: 

1) Donations, anything you can give is amazing and makes a massive difference 
2) Social media shares. Please chat about what I'm doing, like and share my FB page or Instagram and twitter, the more people know what I'm doing, the more likely we will meet the target

All money raised will go direct to RCTN: don't worry, you're not paying for my trip!