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, 28 March 2011

The sun...

The Sun...
Makes all the difference to the creative mind.
I have been spending more time carving in the orchard with the chickens.

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In a hammock....

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Happy days indeed...
I had to make an 'A' frame from two fence posts, four inches by eight foot, to support one end.
I had a suitable old cider apple tree for the other end.
I drilled a hole with an auger and hammered a length of threaded bar through the hole. Then tightened the top of the frame together with a couple of nuts with washers to stop the nuts pulling through.
I will take some detailed photographs and post them later...

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My boots and the auger...

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You can make out the 'A' frame to the right of the photograph...

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Probably have to get in touch with the chaps at Lakeland Bushcraft and order another one for Sarah...
 
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The view is amazing.
Blue sky...

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A few weeks ago I roughed out a handful of Kuksa and some spoons

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Well, now the sun is out and the hammock hung, I have finally finished two of the Kuksa.
This is a photograph of the scalloped handled Kuksa immediately after oiling with Tung oil...

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And another with a more conventional handle...

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I have knife finished the outer bowl and sanded the internal bowl and handle.
A nice contrast...

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The next day the oil has soaked in...

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Leaving a beautiful satin finish...

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Another couple of thin coats over the next few days and they will be... 'Good to go'...
The natural wood markings remind Sarah of mountain ranges and glacial flows...

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What with the hammock the Birch syrup and the new Kuksa it is turning into a great Spring...

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Enjoy...J