Since last December I started a new hobby in green wood carving with the emphasis on spoon carving and it is growing into a real passion and looking to expand into some of the other green wood crafts such as bowl carving, shrink pots and rustic chair and stool making. I am so keen on this that I am looking to run it along side my self employed work and try to see if it can bring in a few pounds to make it worth the time to dedicate to the craft. Also as it only requires very little tools or space I am thinking during the winter months and no beekeeping duties I could set off on the boat investigating parts of the network carving spoons on the way.
As I have been a woodworker all my life and my earliest memories are of me cutting myself with tools I was way too small to hold and given pocket knives by great uncles at an early age and often carried one at primary school with nothing more innocent than to whittling a piece of wood or carve my name into a tree I feel I have almost come full circle as its with knives you carve or whittling the spoons and it takes me right back to when I was eight years old.
It’s called green woodwork as you work with the wood when its fresh cut and full of moisture and sap. To round it up very simply take a branch or log cut approx to the length you require and then using an axe produce a rough blank of the spoon you wish to carve. Some woods are better than others with some ideal but basically most woods can be carved. Then using a carving knife, not the one out of the kitchen drawer but basically something that looks very similar to a pen knife but with very good steel so it can be sharpened razor sharp and a hook knife a similar tool but instead of a straight blade its curved so as to produce the bowl of a spoon. Once you have your spoon blank you then start carving with the knives until you reach a spoon you are happy with, you then put it to one side to dry and once dry you give it a final carve and then oil it with food grade raw linseed oil, leave to dry for a few weeks and its then ready to use. It obviously gets more technical and involved than that but in its simplest form that’s about it.
Below is a selection of what I have come up with and the best of the bunch so far. I will also start a page specifically for the spoons and the green woodwork projects.