More spoons in the making

More spoon carving with spalted Beech over the weekend.

Spoon carving knives and hand carved spoon s in spalted Beech sitting on wooden block with club mallet and honing strop. Colour Landscape. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

 

I’ll let these season for a bit before the final finishing.

Spoon carving knives and hand carved spoon s in spalted Beech sitting on wooden block. Colour Portrait. © P. Maton 2015 whittleandstitch.net

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