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.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

kuksa carving.

 It's great when Alan turns up with his truck.
The last time he visited he left a good load of Birch.
I have customers waiting for me to carve out some kuksa.
I spent last week carving to keep up with orders.


I carved some of my goose ale hens the week before, this week I was on Beaver tail kuksa.
It's a design I came up with some years ago, not the easiest thing to carve as it involves chopping through a fair bit of end grain.
I have a few axes in my tool basket, enough to get the job done and share out when I have visitors.
I'm not a collector.


The H. Roselli bearded Axe is the best for this job in my oppinion.
I don't usually draw out or mark when carving, but on a Beaver tail I find it useful to mark out the round of the bowl, that's all.


A couple of well placed 'V' cuts and we're off to a good start.


Some shaping at the front end and a 'V' stop cut at the rear.
Chopping the waste wood from the back of the handle is a job that requires patience and a small pinch of accuracy.



Some years ago I wrote a blow by blow account...
I've changed the design a little over the years, made it a little more compact.
I had a couple of false starts during the week, radial splits at the front of the bowl.
This happens sometimes. It splits to test ones determination....
Keep on keeping on eh ?


At the start of the job, when the billet is split, cut off the first couple of inches, this should put you in a good place to start.


The hook knife is the next tool employed.
Super sharp with a nice curved back is the way forward.




Or use your best gouges.
I dont have any.



A nice Kuksa.
And useful chips for firelighting.


Now to finish off with a good sharp MiniMac.


I started the Beaver tail below on the morning of May day or Beltane as we call it in these parts.
And finished it by evening.
I needed the bottle of beer by the days end... J;-)


The final job is to oil the Kuksa and polish up the camera....


After the beer it's easy to get those jobs muddled...
Take great care.... J;-)





I'm taking a few days off now, but I'll be back at it mid week.
Enjoy...
J;-)

4 comments:

  1. Lovely work as always, Jon. I will always have a weakness for a shot of one of your beavertails with the sunlight shinning through the end grain.

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    1. Hi Daniel. I'm pretty sure well be viewing a super photo of one of your kuksa soon... Thanks for your support here on Firststeps... Best wishes... JMac

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