Spoon carving.

Spoon carving with Jon Mac.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Spoon carving and spatular making with the Endy Kids...

Kevin, Jenine and the three Endy kids came up for a 'Mac-cation' last weekend. Kevin and I wanted to chew over some ideas and we also wanted to introduce the children to some spoon carving knife holds and techniques. Kevin told me he had taken the kids to the Wilderness gathering and they had been taught simple knife safety amongst other things. By all accounts they had a great time at the gathering and Kevin's business went well. He kept selling out of equipment and made many trips back to Endy central for re-supply. Well it looked like the children had been taught well, as they all understood about how to pass a knife and how to keep the blade away from danger areas on the body.
I thought a simple shape would go down well with the children so I decided to make a spatula with them.
We started the morning with a little music. I have played a mouth harp since I was about seven years old. A good friend of mine lent me a harp made in East Africa... We all had a go...

spoon carving first steps

The instrument consists of a bent stick and a tough strip of rattan. You hold the instrument across your mouth whilst tapping out a rhythm with the stick. I have had a cast about to try and find something on You Tube to give you an idea of what it sounds like. Can't find anything on this particular harp, so I'll post a recording here some when soon...

spoon carving first steps

 I wanted to keep the project simple. I split down some Birch with my Leuku...

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I don't usually pencil in the shape of my spoons, but I thought in this case it would make the process a little easier. I used a spatula I had made some years ago as a template...

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Once the children had decided on the general shape of their spatula I set them off with some of my smaller knives... We used a variety including a short 'Frost', a 'Roselli' carpenters knife and a 'Mini MaChris' or 'MiniMac' as we like to call it. Of course 'Dolly' helped out as well...

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Amelia gently lets in the handle...

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Sophia wanted a pointy end with which she could poke the sausages...

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I cant tell you how much fun we had. The kids were only too happy to work and listen to instruction, it was a pleasure teaching them...

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Even little Isaac or 'Badger Man' had a go, with dad's help...

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I think he preferred swinging in Sarah's swing seat though...

spoon carving first steps

Kevin came up with some funky designs for their makers mark...

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Which I burned on with a soldering iron...

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I thought I had better make one of my own...

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I decided to carve a little raven helper on mine...

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We cooked some sausages on a fire for lunch and the children had the opportunity to use their spatulas...

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Every body left full of sausages and Sarah's cakes.
Sarah and I look forward to the next Endy visit...
Enjoy...



5 comments:

  1. What a great day and it looks like a lot of fun teaching the young ones! Thanks for posting.

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  2. Sounds like a lovely day..always enjoy being with kids. They made some nice spatulas too

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  3. Yes we had a super day. The children were so well behaved and interested in what was going on... I must say I enjoyed the sausages with onion in a bun for lunch...Big treat for me...J;-)

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  4. did you use an old fireboard for a spatula there?

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  5. Hi hi Survival... No, I split down a round of green Birch, then asked the children to draw round some of my older spatulas, then carve...We had a super time and great memories...J

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