Spatulas and a spoon – first stage, axe carving.

I have a few large beech logs that have been awaiting my attention since last spring. I was slack and didn’t seal the ends so I was unsure how workable the wood would be after so long, fortunately the workshop isn’t exactly a dry environment.

Splitting spalted Beech log with an axe and mallet maul club. Hand made wood craft. Colour landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

Happily they haven’t cracked too much and best of all they have spalted beautifully without going too soft to be viable. I already want to make some bowls from this stuff.

Axe wood carving, spalted Beech spoon and spatula. Hand made wood craft. Colour landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

After splitting down some suitable sized billets I spent some time roughing out a large spoon & two Gooseneck Spatulas™ (ha ha). As well as being an enjoyable way to get back up to speed with the axe it is a good way of assessing the workability of the wood, if the spalt had gone too far the impact of the axe would soon make it apparent.

Axe wood carving, spalted Beech spoon and spatula. Hand made wood craft. Colour landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

Now the basic shape and lines have been established they will be further refined and finished with hook and straight bladed knives.

I’ll report back when they have been done.

All the best.

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4 thoughts on “Spatulas and a spoon – first stage, axe carving.

    • Thank you for taking the time to post your kind comment, it is certainly the nicest spalt I’ve worked with to date. Hopefully I can do it justice.

      All the best.

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