Spoon carving.

Spoon carving with Jon Mac.
A blog following my journey into the world of bushcraft, spoon carving and kuksa carving.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Spoon and Kuksa carving courses 2019.




Spoon Carving with Jon Mac.
2019 Programme


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Book yourself onto one of Jon's Popular courses.
Courses for all abilities


       Join Jon Mac for a days spoon carving.

          Spoon Carving Courses.

                     Jon is a well respected spoon carver, who will take you through the use of the three main tools used for carving wooden spoons, from green wood. 


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He will introduce you to the carving Axe, straight knife and hook knife, and will show you safe usage to accomplish a carved spoon of your own. This is a one day course offered to all experience levels.

Tools and materials needed for these courses are supplied.

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Kuksa Carving Courses:

These 2 day courses are for experienced and accomplished spoon carvers, who wish to develop their skills further, and learn the techniques required to make these beautiful drinking vessels. Jon will take you through all the stages in the kuksa carving process.


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Jon is happy to adapt his courses to meet your needs:

Enquiries and bookings email :-
jonmacbookings@gmail.com


August - Date and time Venue Price and Booking
October 2019
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DemonstrationSpoon Carving with
Jon Mac
WILDERNESS GATHERING 2019
15th - 18th August
Bush Farm Bison Centre West Knoyle Wiltshire BA12 6AE
WILDERNESS GATHERING 2019
A Festival Of Bushcraft & Music, Wild Camping & Open Fires. www.wilderness gathering.co.uk Come and meet Jon, as he demonstrates carving at this exciting festival.
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 7th September OR
Sunday 8th September 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvi ngfirststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 14th September OR
Sunday 15th September 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvi ngfirststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 21st
OR
Sunday 22nd September 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvi ngfirststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 28th
OR
Sunday 29th September 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvi ngfirststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 5th OR
Sunday 6th October 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvi ngfirststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 26th
OR
Sunday 27th October 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvi ngfirststeps.com
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Contact Jon to discuss availability for Kuksa his 2 day Kuksa carving courses.

April - August Date and time Venue 2019
Price and Booking Information
Kuksa Carving with Jon Mac
2 day course
Saturday 6th April AND Sunday 7th April
10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£160
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 4th May OR Sunday 5th May
10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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DemonstrationSpoon Carving with
Jon Mac
Yarner Wood, Spring Woodland Festival
Sunday 19th May
10:00 - 17:00
Yarner Wood Spring Woodland Festival
Yarner Wood, East Dartmoor NNR, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9LN
Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 8th June OR Sunday 9th June
10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 15th June OR Sunday 16th June
10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book online at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 22nd June OR Sunday 23rd June 10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 6th July OR Sunday 7th July
10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
Saturday 13th July OR Sunday 14th July
10:00 - 17:00
Torbryan, Devon
£80
Book on line at

Follow the link on Jon’s website www.spooncarvingfir ststeps.com
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Spoon Carving with Jon Mac
One day courses from Monday 29th July to Thursday 1st August and Tuesday 6th August
The Scottish Crannog Centre Kenmore
Loch Tay Aberfeldy Scotland

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£80
Booking via the Scottish Crannog Centre
+44 (0) 1887 830583 info@crannog.co.uk

www.crannog.co.uk
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DemonstrationSpoon Carving with
Jon Mac
The Celts are Coming!
Friday 2nd August - Monday 5th August
The Scottish Crannog Centre Kenmore
Loch Tay Aberfeldy Scotland

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The Celts are Coming!
Come and meet Jon as he demonstrates at this wonderful event run by The Scottish Crannog Centre









Saturday, 22 December 2018

Samhain 2017.

Hi all, it's been a while since I've sat in front of the Mac to write to this blog.
I have written un-politically here in the past, but I must say the vote for 'Brexit' took the wind from my sails somewhat.
I've been determined to get out and about during 2017 and was successful in doing so.
Sarah and I have had a super year meeting friends old and new, I've drawn a line under some old projects and started new ones along the way, and I've been supported by some amazing people.

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I started the year with a determination to get back into carving larger pieces, Kuksa and Ale hen, I also needed to experiment with ways of naturally stabilising these larger pieces. I needed to sort out a new permission where I could gather materials and clear out one of the old stone pigsties at home where I could sit and work. Along the way Sarah and I also felt the need to get out and about as much as time would allow.

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I managed to damage my old light weight tent at the Wilderness Gathering a couple of years ago. I'd used the Vaude Space II for donkeys years. It had been my home on Dartmoor, back packed across France where it was my shelter wild camping on mountain and within woodland, it became my home again motorcycling across France during the early part of the century. It looked after us during the Gathering and finally came to grief on the take down, the summers sunshine over the years took it's toll, that plus the thorn of a wild rose.
Sarah and I always wanted a tipi, a huge one to live in and a smaller, packable one. The extra heigh would reduce the amount of crawling around I have to do when camping. We managed to get the smaller one crossed off the list with a Robens Green Cone.

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We took it for a tour of the Southern moor early in the season, the days were wonderfully sunny with spring blue skies and clear chilly starlit nights. 

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The tipi was super with hardly any crawling about involved. The outer plus it's centre pole runs in at approx 2 kilos, the inner brings it up to 5kilos. We took the inner only and it worked well. A bit fiddly putting it up but I'm sure as experience grows the job will become simpler.

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We tried it out on the open moor and under canopy in a small woodland.
The buds are always lagging behind here on Dartmoor compared to the lowlands.

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As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to re-visit Kuksa carving with the same three tool arrangement as before but with a new outlook, a new design and solving any stability problems along the way.
I admit to adding one small inexpensive tool to the list to allow me to let in a mouth for my 
Devon Dragon.

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A tiny 3mm dia gouge, just the job as it doesn't rip the green fibres as a drill might do.
The dragon came about after a friend wanted a 'new Kuksa'. I started carving a bowl with a kind of ale hen tail handle. After a while I thought it a daft idea, it needs a head, of course it does.
It's unusual for me to head for the pencil and paper, but on this occasion I did, I sat and drew the head  design in profile and carried that across to the wood.

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Theres a first time for everything and it worked.
From that first Devon Dragon Kuksa came interest from many directions, it seemed to fire the imagination and I've made quite a few over the summer.

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They are fun to make, probably the hardest design I've carved to date, I think it's a coming together of everything I've learned over the years.
So the drawing attempt gave me another idea and I set to with the pencil and came up with a design for my spoons.

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So, the spooncarving tool kit stays the same and the Kuksa carving tool kit grows by one tool.

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Alongside the carving I was in touch with the folk at The Scottish Crannog Centre.

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I visited the Scottish Crannog Centre a couple of years ago and was very taken by the work put into the construction of the Crannog itself, not only that, but the demonstrations given by the very committed staff where informative and fun.
I instantly became a fan.
The Crannog is now 20 years old and has just been accredited 'museum' status.