Martijn had been planning to visit for a while now.
He came to stay with us last summer. The weather wasn't too good back then, cold and raining.
This year he lucked in, blue sky, we were basking in 28 degrees of sunshine.
Martijn soon settled into the hectic pace of Devonshire life....
As you may know, he is an accomplished carver and uses MaChris knives for some of his work.
He bought some of this years work.
I especially liked his new noggin.
He had a good read of the Outdoor Adventure Manual.
Then set to work putting a new helve on an Axe head that Nic Westermann had made for him.
Martijn bought with him a couple of helves made by Gransfors Bruk
He picked a straight helve, I believe it is the helve that is attached to the Bruck Carpenter Axe.
He fettled the end of the helve to allow fitting of the new head.
And carved a new wedge.
He eyes it up to ensure a good fit.
And taps it home with my old ball-pein hammer.
Saw off the excess and job done.
A happy man.
Now he has a working axe.
And a spoon design rattling around his head.
The helve seems to be working well.
When he had finished the spoon, he asked if I had a six mill drill bit with which he could make a hole for some cord.
I pulled my beard and went for a rummage.
No drill bit made itself apparent.
But I did however find a nail, pliers, lighter and a hot gas pen.
Martijn looked bemused at first.
But I showed him how to get the gas pen working.
He heated up the nail till it was red.
And pushed it through the handle.
There you go, a perfect hole...
He looks happy with his work.
The finished spoon....
And a well deserved glass...
We had a few more adventures during his stay.
And we also carved a few more spoons, I'll write all about it in a short while...