Harvest

Ash handled Lauri Leuku knife on Elm round next to Oyster fungus handmade crafts foraging bushcraft photograph ©P. Maton whittleandstitch.net

 

 

 

 

Ash handled Lauri Leuku blade.

 

My trusty old Leuku gave me the extra reach needed to cut this cluster of Oyster mushrooms from the trunk of a tall Beech tree. As a ‘jack of all trades’ the Leuku is very hard to beat.

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Vessel

Walnuts in a hand carved wooden bowl black and white still life portrait photograph P. Maton 2017 eyeteeth.net

Beech bowl with Walnuts.

This was the first bowl I made around eight years ago with windfall Beech from Ashdown Forest.  It is still my favourite vessel for soups and stews and always takes me back to the memory of carving it by the camp fire among great friends.

 

 

 

Axe handle testing.

Nothing like a dead standing Oak tree to test the fit and strength of a newly made Ash axe handle…

two axes in stump of felled Oak Tree. Monochrome Landscape. © P. Maton 2014 whittleandstitch.net

…both handles were hung and secured only with Oak wedges. Happily they both passed the test without fault.

The heads are an old 4lb Gilpin (or is it a Brades, I can’t remember now) and an unstamped Maine pattern double bit.

All the best.

 

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.

Spalted Beech Spatula

 

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net

This spatula has just been wiped over with Flax Seed Oil to seal it after being carved. As usual great care was taken to ensure the surface was made smooth with a knife to avoid the use of sand paper.

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net

 

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net

 

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net

 

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net

 

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net

 

Hand carved wooden spatula in spalted Beech by Peter Maton Sussex UK 2014  http://whittleandstitch.net