It's been quite a busy few weeks here in the Shire.
I've been running carving courses and completing orders for Dragon Kuksa.
These latest two were bought by an American collector.
Apparently he'll be sipping fine Scotch from them once they arrive.
Fingers crossed Dragons like Scotch, I'm sure they will.
As you know, I carve my Dragon Kuksa using the same technique I've been using for years.
Hand carved using Axe, knife and hook.
No electric tools or abrasives.
Pure pie power.
You can find pictorial tutorials earlier on in this blog that may well help you on your way to carving your own. Or contact me if you would like to sit with me for a weekend of tutorial and hands on carving.
I have, in between times, been carving spoons.
I have a basket of spoons ready for sale which I have photographed here, and a basket of spoons that need some decoration and oiling before they are ready.
The spoons shown here are hand carved by me using Axe, knife and hook.
These spoons are available for £35.00 inc post and pack, including the USA and Europe.
Simply email me with the Set number and number of spoon from left to right or screen shot the spoon you'd like to buy.
I've also spent some time writing and article for the folk at Fox Chapel Publishing.
They contacted me a few months ago and asked if I could write a tutorial on spoon carving without a hook knife. I've written on this subject before here on SpoonCarvingFirstSteps, it can be accomplished by using a friction firelighting rig as written about HERE or by using a straight knife as touched on HERE.
I still haven't written the complete 'How to' on using a straight knife only for SCFS and it looks like you'll have to wait a while longer, or buy the magazine for now.
That's pretty well all for the moment.
I'm working on another two Kuksa, one is for a customer, again over in the States, and I'm hoping it'll be finished soon.
I must mention that whilst walking the hills of Dartmoor the other weekend, I came across a bit of ground that caught my geologists eye. On closer inspection, and after contacting a local historian, it looks like I may have found a forgotten WWII aircraft crash site.
I'm awaiting news with baited breath.
All the best for now... J