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, 29 July 2012

Sean Hellman's fan birds...


Sean Hellman fan bird

Sarah and I popped down to our nearest town yesterday to spend some time with Sean Hellman.
Sean was demonstrating fan bird carving at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey.
He will be at the same venue on the 4th August demonstrating bowl turning on a pole lathe.
Fan bird carving is an old tradition that probably originated in Eastern Europe.
They represent a spirit of life and they are also the bringers of spring. 

Sean Hellman fan bird

Sean's birds are skilfully carved from one piece of specially selected wood.
The feathers are individually riven from the shaped block.

Sean Hellman fan bird

And twisted into place.

Sean Hellman fan bird

The shape previously carved into the block allows the feathers to be interlaced, forming the wonderful wing effect.

Sean Hellman fan bird

A lot of folk were mesmerised by the development of the fan bird...

Sean Hellman fan bird


Sean Hellman fan bird

And the finished bird.
Sean kindly gave this one to Sarah.
It is flying in full view under the stair casement in the lounge.

Sean Hellman fan bird

If you are over this way on the 4th August you can catch more of Sean's work at ...
Bovey Tracey.
Devon.
Or Sean's workshop...


Enjoy...J;-)

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