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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Spalted Spatula

Ideal for stirring that cake mix…?

Spalted Beech wood hand carved spatula by Peter Maton lying on cloth with wood shavings. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2014 whittleandstitch.net

Spalted Beech wood hand carved spatula by Peter Maton lying on cloth with wood shavings. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2014 whittleandstitch.net

More Spalted Beech for stirring, mixing and spreading.

All the best.

Small Puukko

Here is a little Puukko (Finnish style knife) with a lanyard for wearing around the neck that I made a while ago. The handle is rosewood with a Lauri 63 blade and brass fittings, the end cap is hiding a recessed brass washer and peened tang.

Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on grass in sunlight. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

 

This was really a practice piece for learning how to Butt Stitch the leather on the sheath. This is particularly tricky on a contoured form like this because as the name suggests the two edges of the leather to be sewn need to butt up against each other. Consequently the leather needs to be measured and cut very accurately to achieve the required fit
Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on grass in sunlight. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

The Awl is used to make stitch holes that go diagonally from the surface of the leather to just above the bottom edge of the under side. This creates a seam that is no thicker than the leather and serves to shield the stitching from abrasion on both sides, in fact the tread is invisible on the inside.

Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on grass in sunlight. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

This took four attempts and as you see is far from perfect, something I need to keep persevering with. I have since learnt on other projects that under cutting the edges by half a millimetre or so prevents the slight gap where the edges meet as seen here.

To give you and idea of scale here is a shot of it when it was first made and the dye was/finish was still drying.

Small Puukko knife with leather sheath on on hand. Colour Portrait. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

All the best and thanks for looking.

 

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

Before and After

Spalted Beech Spoon Hand Carved by Peter Maton 2014 Whittle & Stitch

I thought you might like to see how this spoon began taking shape and what it looks like after a few years of use.

This one began, as many do, being hewn with an axe from a billet of wood split from a Beech Log. The wood had spent over a year weathering in the yard at my workshop and had developed a Spalt running through the grain; lovely patterns caused by fungus penetrating the wood and forming hard dark barriers at their margins. If left too long in such damp conditions the wood becomes crumbly and brittle in places but fortunately I used this piece before that had happened.

Spalted Beech Spoon Hand Carved by Peter Maton axe work in progress 2014 Whittle & Stitch

Once the rough shape is formed with the axe I use whittling knives & curved spoon knives to refine it further before setting the piece aside for a while to allow any remaining moisture escape.

Spoon knives by Svante Djarv of Sweden & straight whittling knife  with blade by Dorset Woodland Blades and handle & sheathe by P.Maton 2014 Whittle and stitch.net

Once the wood is dry the knives are used to carve the final smooth surface and the piece is sealed with Flax seed oil to protect it.

Here are some images of this one after it has been used for a few years and begun to gain some real character.

Spalted Beech Spoon Hand Carved by Peter Maton 2014 Whittle & StitchSpalted Beech Spoon detail Hand Carved by Peter Maton 2014 Whittle & Stitch Spalted Beech Spoon Hand Carved by Peter Maton 2014 Whittle & Stitch Spalted Beech Spoon detail Hand Carved by Peter Maton 2014 Whittle & Stitch