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.
If you are looking for something more basic
The Eric Frost 106 will do you well.
You'll find it at
Woodland craft supplies. EUROPE
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 makes the best hook I've come across, not really worth messing with anything cheaper.
He'll post out to the U.S.A.
|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.
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.
|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
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.
Workshop heaven. EUROPE
Wood craft. USA
Now you are sorted for carving and sharpening you'll need some oil to coat the finished product.
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.