Hi gang, hope all is well out there!
Well, as the sanding is getting underway for my trestle table I have really been learning more and enjoying this spoon carving craft.
It really is a great way to refresh your outlook and break patterns that may become repetitive in the process of executing your creative ideas.
I have enjoyed the hatchet work and learning just how much you can produce with 4-5 tools.
For me…... a sloyd knife, smaller knife, hook knife, camp hatchet, and spokeshave make for handy work to produce a wooden spoon, be it conservative or completely off the wall in it’s design.
Practice and still learning:
The mora hook knife took me a little bit to warm up to, but once you get it properly sharpened and learn how to manuever it can really become enjoyable to exercise the hollowing of your stock, preferrably green wood….lol.
There is something very satisfying about working with green wood and I am glad I have been able to take part in doing more of it through these past sessions of spoon making.
It is a definitely one of the more humbling tasks of “working wood” because it can and it is extremely challenging and physical.
I was schooled and surprised between splitting a few short stocks of cherry, then taking the hatchet and working one piece down to a rough draft of my carving work….boy you get a little more of a workout than thought once you follow that up with the whittleling…lol.
Then of course learning about the design of wood…...there are no nets here, nothing is truely dried and it is up to you to create with all of this in mind.
My biggest discovery is learning to remove the pith (center) of the chosen stock to help greatly in the reduction of checking (cracking). Nothing more upsetting than putting in a few solid hours of making a spoon than to look at it the next day with it all cracked or surely on its proud way…....ughhh.
Wood will have its say no matter how hard the axe swings or the nails are driven in angst.
Basically that sucks…lol.
But nature needs to do its thing and so with various practice and gained knowledge….out with the pith!!!!
Cherry wood luckly is very good with this problem to begin with, one of the more stronger woods that will maintain itself better than some other woods. But…it will sure as hell still do it if you are not mindful of it.
All of this recent green woodwork for me has to do with the Woodright Shops dvd’s. I have all 4 seasons 1-3 and season 20. I really have to say this makes modern shows on woodwork in my opinion a little boring.
Roy Underhill is greatly misunderstood as a spastic character cutting himself with little more to offer than just entertainment. I can say the man has the education of a woodworking encyclopedia and the strength of an ox hewing logs, blacksmithing and has been apart of building entire log cabins.
These shows contain so many crafts….I was inspired and humbled at the talents seen on these dvd’s by his guests. It really was like a historical education on handwork.
I only hope more woodworkers especially the newly interested take the time to watch and explore one or some of the gems his shows have to offer.
The best part of Roy is Roy. He is a very down to earth nice guy. Always takes the time for his people, and he has done a hell of a lot for many in woodworking. Thanks for releasing these shows!.....Finally.
The funny thing is two years ago I was just getting into doing more garage stuff. The woodwork bug was in it’s total infancy for me. I was looking at possibly getting a circular saw for working with. I rediscovered The Woodrights Shop on the internet….. and was floored…..”This is it, this is what I want to see….this!” I said to myself amazed as my memory was brought back to seeing this show maybe twenty years ago…and never caring…..lol.
I never bought the circular saw, I have never even used one, or a table saw, router table, planner, never. None of it more than an electric handrill and a grinding wheel. I really admire and respect those that do, I just forget that I never have…..lmao!
So theres my confession. I hope I may still be a lumberjock…lol. I have learned so much from all styles and for that a great thanks to all of you as well. Thank you for your time, experience and talents LJ’s!
So on goes the journies of learning more to create what I see in my mind. For me the working of various woods is a wonderful and challenging adventure.
Please check out my latest spoon in the projects section!
Thanks for stopping by…...now….. on to more sanding…..ok it’s not all wonderful….lmao.
Be well and stay free,
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW