Spooncarving and camping

Last week, during the hottest days of the year, Christiane and I met up and spent a few days camping near Salisbury. I took along a small lump of the damson wood I’ve been working with and a spooncarving kit of axe and knives. Sitting together out in the fresh air making spoons is a lovely way to spend the day. Christiane did her first greenwood carving when we met in 2009 and has only recently started to carve more regularly so I’m impressed by how she works with the tools and wood. We work together, I demonstrate the different cuts and offer advice on the shape and then Christiane takes over. She is very observant and has a good eye which you can see in the final spoon.
We made a pair of spoons each with me trying out a couple of new design ideas and warming up for the spoon carving course I’m going on tomorrow. I’ll have 2½ days in Edale learning spoon carving techniques from Swedish carver Fritiof Runhal in the company of other greenwood workers from around the country. I can’t wait.

axing out the spoon blank finishing cuts Christiane with her damson spoon damson spoon


About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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One Response to Spooncarving and camping

  1. christianelechner says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful, inspiring, learning time. Part of my success is your ability to show and teach me the right method of how to use the axe or knives. I appreciate how you alternate them to find an easy way to carve for my small and not yet so strong hands.
    I’m looking forward to sit together with you again to get to know about your new knowledge after the spoon carving course.

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