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.

 

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