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.

Monday, 13 December 2010

A quiet Sunday...

It's been cold and icy here in the South West lately.
So far we haven't had the severe weather that other parts of the country are experiencing.
Sarah and I have been enjoying the frost, we have spent some free time walking the local forests.

Jon Mac spoon carving 

Wrapped up warm of course...

Jon Mac spoon carving

The views from the village have been stunning...

Jon Mac spoon carving

Sarah's Mum is a block printer. She carves beautiful pictures onto wood or Linoleum and prints the resultant image off...

Jon Mac spoon carving

Here are two pieces of her work...

Jon Mac spoon carving

During the year the print co-operative she works with puts on shows, and they had one last Sunday.
Sarah and I popped over to Dartington to have a look round. 

Jon Mac spoon carving

We go every year and we really enjoy all the splendid Art on show. I also enjoy looking at all the old presses they use...

Jon Mac spoon carving

There are all manor of devices to see...

Jon Mac spoon carving

All of the prints are arranged on string lines across the workshop...

Jon Mac spoon carving


Jon Mac spoon carving


Jon Mac spoon carving


Jon Mac spoon carving

Afterwards Sarah and I decided to go for a wander along the river Dart...

Jon Mac spoon carving

I haven't been along this part of the river for many years and the walk bought back some good memories. I  remember one year when the river froze right across, that was a cold winter, well for Devon anyway...

Jon Mac spoon carving

On the way home we came across a group of travelers camped up near Riverford farm.

Jon Mac spoon carving

We had a good look at the carvings on show. We spent some time talking with one of the chaps and he explained that the group tour around the South West of England, picking up lumber as they go, and carving it into these wonderful 'curiosities'. Selling them at the roadside or through there web site...

Jon Mac spoon carving

They travel with a small caravan and an old Bedford lorry...

Jon Mac spoon carving

Some good honest work...

Jon Mac spoon carving


Jon Mac spoon carving

Well were back home now having enjoyed a busy Sunday. 
Once I got the fire lit  I gave an old friend of mine a call, we got chatting about the Search and Rescue team that he is still involved with. And I asked if he would pop over with some of the equipment he carries with him on 'Call Outs', with a bit of luck we will get together this coming weekend, and set to with a new blog. Should be interesting...
In the mean time...

ENJOY...