Rusland Horizons is a three year project working to revive traditional skills and increase people’s awareness of this area in south Cumbria.
Last weekend, I taught a group of local people how to carve wooden spoons from freshly cut greenwood timber. Carving outside in the spring sunshine with lovely company is part of the magic of spoon carving, it’s a perfect hobby to take with you when you’re on holiday camping.
We worked with some small diameter silver birch as well as some larger cherry wood, carving cooking spoons, butter spreaders and eating spoons over the two days. As always, the main focus was on learning safe and efficient use of the tools.
First, axe work:
Then lots of different knife techniques for shaping, hollowing and refining the spoons.
It was a lovely peaceful time with lots of good chatter, focussed attention as well as the sound of my first cuckoo of the year. And, of course, some great new wooden spoons.