Spoon carving.

Spoon carving with Jon Mac.
Carve spoons from green wood with your bushcraft edge tools. The knife, Axe and hook knife.
Home of the MaChris MiniMac spoon carving knife.


I am often asked by people who wish to enter the world of carving ''Where can I buy some inexpensive tools for the job'' ?
I use very simple tools for my spoon carving and Kuksa carving.
My MaChris knives are of my own design.
They are made by my good friend and associate Chris Grant.

As you may know, Matthew Platt of WorkshopHeaven will be taking on sales and orders for our MaChris knives.
If you wish to place an order, head on over to this page at 
And sign up for his news letter.
He should be stocked up for the new year and he'll let you know when the MaChris knives become available.

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MaChris bushcraft carver

If you are looking for something more basic
The Eric Frost 106 will do you well.

You'll find it at


Ragweed forge. USA

For your hook knife, I wouldn't bother shopping around. Go and find Nic Westermann.
You can find his web page at...
Nic Westermann
Nic makes the best hook I've come across, not really worth messing with anything cheaper.
He'll post out to the U.S.A.

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Nic Westermann hook knife.

The axe is an important tool for your spoon carving future.
Nip into your local hardware store to find a usable cheap hatchet.
There are plenty of inexpensive 'no names' to be found.
Some folk here in the UK are importing axe heads from China.
They are soft and won't hold an edge.
Caveat emptor

If you want to spend a bit of hard earned on an axe that will last and hold an edge then go and have a chat with my friend Tim at 
He can find you a nice Gransfors Bruk carver.

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Gransfors Bruk carving axe.

Well thats your starter kit sorted.
Now you'll need something to sharpen it all with.
I personally recommend King waterstones.
The stone pictured is a 1200/8000 grit combination.
This will get the job done

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King Waterstone.

The little white stone is a Nagura, for producing a fine slurry...
See my sharpening tips and movies.
You'll also need an old leather belt and a lump of polishing compound for stropping.
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Wood craft. USA

Now you are sorted for carving and sharpening you'll need some oil to coat the finished product.


I personally prefer Tung oil.

Raw linseed is fine as well

There are other oils on the market you may wish to use.
Including Lemon oil and Orange oil if you have a concern about nut allergy.
I hope this short list will help you on your way.
If you have any further ideas you wish to share you can email it to me along with the appropriate links.


  1. Hi, just wondering if you have any suggestions where to find beginners tools in Australia?

    1. Sorry, no. I have no information for you I'm afraid. I admit to knowing little of the native woods found on your continent, and would be nervous suggesting what or where to buy.
      Best wishes.
      Jon Mac.

  2. Hi, I live in Bristol and am an occupational therapy student. I've been set a project whereby I need to learn a new skill, which can then be used as a therapeutic intervention. I've always been keen on the idea of spoon carving so it seems like the ideal opportunity to get into it finally. Do you know of somewhere I can visit to have an introduction to the craft? And where I can get some cheap but decent tools?
    Hope you can help, thanks,

  3. You'd be welcome to sit with me at our new venue here on Dartmoor.
    Drop me a line at (firststeps@thewood.eclipse.co.uk)

  4. Some excellent information here. As a UK resident, is there anywhere you can recommend sourcing green wood from, or is it something that is collected when out and about in the countryside?

    1. Hi John.
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      As a first step I would contact my local arboriculturist and see if they could do something to help in sourcing green wood suitable for carving.
      Best wishes from sleepy Dartmoor.
      Jon Mac.

  5. Jon I am removing an old apple tree from an orchard in a few days. What are your thoughts on this type of wood for carving? It's a Granny Smith heirloom to be exact :)


    1. Apple is fine. It can be a bit fibrous, but I'm sure you'll manage... J

  6. What is the best wood for carving and for cooking purposes? And what would be a good sealer for food purpose? I am just getting started and I have been trying to watch all the videos to get help in what to start off with.
    Thank you and have a Blessed day-
    C Brown

    1. A piece of green Birch or Sycamore would be fine. As for sealer. I use Tung oil. All the information is available from one of the click throughs on the right hand side of the page.

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  8. Thanks for the useful tip above

    1. Hi James.... You are very welcome... J

  9. Hi Jon, is alder any good for carving?

    1. Hi Mark.
      Yes, it has similarities to Birch under the blade.... J

  10. You have shared some excellent products here jon. Really loved to read this whole post very much. I really like your writing style and how you express your ideas. Thank you.

    1. Hi Matthew.
      Good of you to pop in.
      Perhaps we can add a few of our edge tools into the mix sometime soon ?
      Good to hear from you, all the best...