|Project by koraile||posted 11-07-2013 07:06 PM||1887 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
This type of spoons was used in some Districts in the highlands of norway, from id say the oldest types are abouth 1000 years old and mutch simpler in make than this one, they where sometimes made from Wood and the oldest types was often made from horn.
This particular spoon i havent designed myself, but used a model that the great great great grandfather on the nabor farm carved a couple of houndred years ago, i can remember the exact year, but i think it was in the middle of the 1700 Century.
The tradition With theese spoon was that it was usualy one of the older men in the vincinity, letys say within a couple of miles that made them, and then rented them out for weddings. a normal sett was usualy a dusin. And then you could rent several setts according to the number of guests.
This one i made from a slow growing silver Birch to get the right hardness for the carving and the coal roses. (i have no other name for this type of pattern: my grandfathers father told me they said ” to Draw roses from coal” in the old days)
Im simply using a wery Sharp chisel or rather a scalpel looking iron thats wery thin and Sharp. I make a 1-1,5 mm deep inchision, straight Down 90 degrees to make the patterns, its nervebreaking, because its the last thing you do in the prosses, and a error will show almost no mather what you do. So a steady hand, no saturday morning job.:)
Afther i have finished all the lines in the pattern, i use either a coal stick(witch i find best) or grind some coal from the oven as they used traditionaly, and rubb it hard into the pattern, all the lines need to be filled. It will ofc come some all over the spoon, so its a bit tricy, try to get as little outside the pattern as possible. when done you have to sand it away, then get all the dust off without blowing the coal out of the pattern. At this point they would traditionaly add sheeps fat ower the pattern. I have used it but preffer either a thick oil that wont make the coal float all over, or what i find best, bees wax.
With wax i use thin plates from a pharmacy, either heat it and add it With brush or melt it on With a hairdryer, be carefull,, if it boils, the coal will boubble up and get outside the pattern. do a finish sanding With a high grade sanding paper or just polish it. patterns like that are easy to break so pieces fall out.
-- Bard son of iver