Friday, 31 August 2012

Magnolia Spoon

I picked up a Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) log from the wood yard the other day and today got round to using it, the wood itself is a joy to carve and much easier than carving say, fresh cut Sycamore, it also has some great grain patterns, which you can just about make out in the photo.

This is the first time ive carved Magnolia and ive enjoyed it so much, that this afternoon, i grabbed my Bergen and went back to the wood yard and filled the sack up with the rest of the Magnolia that was over there (Yes, i have permission to take it), it seems a real shame to leave it there & waste it and if i don't take it, then it will get taken by someone else who will probably just burn it.

Out of interest i weighed the Bergen and it's load when i got back home and there was just under 60lb of wood in the pack, it's not all for me though, as some of it ive put aside for Rockmonkey & Hugo.

The spoon pictured is just rough carved at the moment and has been left fairly thick in places,  as im not aufait with  the properties of the wood and have no experience of working it, i figured it's better to err on the side of caution.

Hand Auger

Whilst i have a number of Scotch Eyed augers in different diameters, they can sometimes be a bit of overkill and while the length of them is useful because of the extra torque you can generate, the down side is the length, when you are say only using a small bag or pack.

So, i made this one as a hand auger, the handle is made from some glorious spalted Beech that my good mate Hugo gave me yesterday, the auger bit itself is 12mm in diameter, so just a tad under half an inch, which is more than enough for tapping Birch or making a small mortise on some impromptu furniture building in the woods, the total length of the bit, including the piece in the handle is 100mm, the end of the shank lays just under the outer surface of the wooden handle and is epoxied in place, but before gluing it in, i took a file to the shank and made a number of grooves and depressions in the metal, so it had a good key when it was epoxied in place. All i have to do at some point over the weekend, is to make a small leather sheath for it.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Cherry Spoon

Finished off one of the spoon blanks i made with the axe yesterday, this one is from seasoned Cherry and has some gorgeous grain patterns in it.

The spoon itself wont ever get used in anger as it has some cracks in it that i had to glue up in order to save the spoon, i knew the cracks were there and i was hoping to carve them out in the process of making the spoon, but on this occasion it wasn't to be, so this particular spoon will now get used as a display piece.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Axe Spoonage

Made a few more spoon blanks yesterday, well it seemed rude not to be outside enjoying the glorious weather, so i grabbed the axe block, the Swedish Carving Axe and few rounds of Cherry, Willow & Birch and set to work, all of these spoon blanks are made entirely with the axe from quarters, ie i split the log into quarters length ways and then used each quarter for a spoon blank, it's a technique i don't use that often, as i prefer to use natural bends and elbows mainly, but it makes a nice change to practice making the blanks from quarters and it's a great technique for shows and demo's as people get to see, large amounts of wood being removed and a spoon appear in fairly quick time before their very eyes.

You can see from the central spoon in the above  picture, the shape of spoon blank i aim to get using the axe and a quarter log, quite a nice shape and very similar to the shape i like to get when using natural bends and crooks, from the top the wood species used are Willow, Birch, Willow and the bottom two are Cherry, they are all in a ziplock bag now awaiting the knife work to tidy them up and move them on to being proper spoons, instead of just blanks.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Willow Tray

Made a small Willow tray this morning, i had an idea for a tray with some carved decoration that didn't quite work out as planned, so i made the best of a bad job and ended up with the tray pictured, the underside has been worked with the draw knife and is lovely and smooth, the interior of the bowl retains the tooling marks from the gouge,  for that tactile look and feel that you can only get from a hand crafted piece of work.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Bank Holiday Spoons

What better way to spend a lazy bank holiday Monday, than sitting outside in the sunshine carving spoons?, so that's what i did.

From left to right two Hazel spoons, large Beech serving spoon, Sycamore ladle and Sycamore spoon, all very much in the rough at the moment with a long way to go on all of them, especially the Beech spoon, but a great way to spend a lazy bank holiday Monday.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Wooden Feather

After making a good start on a new Willow bowl today, i grabbed the Carving Jack and started random whittling on a piece of scrap wood, then i remembered an article i had read not that long ago about making wooden feathers from junk wood, so i reached behind me and pulled the burn bin forward, then after a quick rummage, i found a perfect looking piece of Ash.

A short while later, i had carved myself a wooden feather and the effect of it is quite amazing, it doesn't matter that the feather is twisted and has bits missing, think about it, how many feathers, other than those just dropped, do you find that are in perfect condition?. Once i was happy with the overall look and feel of the feather, i located a piece of thick Birch bark and made a stand for it sit on.

Willow Bowl

Made a start on a new Willow bowl today, the design is trough style and as you can see from the photo, im trying to decide what handle style to use on this one, although i like the organic free flowing lines of the bowl as it stands, it's also pretty boring, so this one, when ive made my mind up, will have a different handle shape, just for a change.

The bowl itself is approx twelve inches long by six inches wide, the wood itself was horrible to work, all twisted and gnarly, there was no indication of this on the exterior of the log, but when the log refused to split without the use of wedges, i knew something awaited me on the inside, still, makes for a interesting challenge and being Willow it still carved nice and smoothly, the exterior shape was taken down using my Carving Axe and the hollowing of the bowl and the underside of the handle sections was done with the adze and gouges.

Just need to decide on the handle shape and then let the bowl dry out, then i can move onto the next stage in it's manufacture.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Help For Heroes Fayre

I attended a Fayre today that had been organised in it's entirety by eldest, he worked everything out, liaised with H4H, his school, local newspapers and radio and even the Highways Agency to ensure the road the venue was located on would be open, as it is currently undergoing a major civil engineering project, on top of all of this he also organised a number of different bands, so there was live music all day as well, he did a sterling job and all bar a couple of moaning minnie's, that you always seem to get at any event that people organise, everybody had a great time and helped raise funds for H4H and the important and valuable work they do.

I took along a few products, spoons, spatulas, bowls, wooden flowers plus a few other bit's and bobs, i didn't sell a great deal, but that wasn't the idea of the day, the main point of the day was to raise funds for H4H and eldest has excelled himself in doing that once again, i don't know the total amount raised, but it's a not unsubstantial amount, me, well i came out with a few more quid than i went in with, so as i see it, everyone is a winner.

Net Making

Goes without saying that to make a net, you will need a netting needle and some cordage, so why not make your own?.

Pictured is a netting needle i carved and loaded on to the needle is approx 8ft of Bramble cordage, still a long way to go yet before i have anywhere near enough cordage to make even a small net, but there is plenty of Bramble in the world and as the nights draw in, i cant think of a better way to while away a few hours, than spinning up some cordage, whilst listening to some good music and having a good cup of tea or even a glass of Blackberry Gin close by, certainly beats watching the dross that gets pumped out to the masses on the TV.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Ti Mug

After many years, today i joined the ranks of Titanium cookware users, something, I've always resisted until now, not because it's Titanium, but because of the cost basically and for the type of shrafting i do, which isn't Ultralight, i didn't need lightweight cook gear, Aluminium & Steel has always served me well.

So why did i get a Ti mug?, well simple really, the Steel one I've been using in my Light Weight Cook Kit is past it's best, it's starting to show signs of rust where the handle was spot welded onto the cup and, whilst it's still serviceable, it's getting past it's best.

So whilst trawling the Internet trying to find a decent replacement steel mug to go in this particular kit, i stumbled over the Ti mug pictured, it was not as cheap as a Steel mug, but was way cheaper than comparable mugs from other companies such as Snow Peak & MSR, and as i was struggling to find a half decent Steel mug of the same basic design, well it was a no brainer really, a good quality metal mug for my brew kit that should last me for many years to come, my brew kit still packs away inside the mug, but because this one has folding handles, it takes up less space in my bag and is also considerably easier to pack.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Whizzer

Made a thing that I've not used for many years today, in fact, I've not used one of these since i was a kid, trust me, that's a few years ago now.

I have no idea why i suddenly remembered these simple toys, but the idea popped into my head and that was it, i had to go and make one, so i grabbed bit of well seasoned Sycamore from the wood pile, put it on the shave horse and took it down with a draw knife into a board, then a bit of shaping and the addition of some string, it was ready to go, works well and makes a great noise, I've not been able to stop playing with it since i made it, very simple to make, but great fun and full of childhood memories, now to grab the paints and decorate it :-).

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Brew Table

Enjoyed another great day out with Hugo & Rockmonkey today, and we had a guest with us in the form of Eldest who decided he would join the three old gits for a days shrafting up the woods, got loads done today, including building woods furniture, cordage making, carving, foraging wild foods and watching some of the wildlife.

After a brew, we decided to build a proper job small table to put the cookers on, basically so we didnt have to keep putting them on the ground where they get the odd knock over now and again.

First job was to get some Hazel and trim it up ready to make in to some stretchers between the Ash legs that we are going to use, then we augured the holes using one of the superb augers that we got from Hugo a little while back, for the table top we cut some more Hazel rods and lashed them to the top stretchers with twine.

We did look at making some cordage from some of the Clematis vines that were around, but as i had some cordage in the back pack anyway, it seemed  pretty selfish to cut a plant down just for the sake of making a bit of string, the table worked out brilliantly and got a lot of use during the day as a platform on which to make copious amounts of tea.

Was a superb shrafty day out, green wood working, cordage making, foraging, carving & wildlife watching - roll on next week.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Krympburkar aka Shrink Pots

Had a superb day today making Shrink Pots, albeit very simple ones.  Eldest asked me last week if i could make him one so he could use it as a pot to keep all his pens and pencils in, so i said "no - make your own", so today, with a bit of tuition from me, he did just that.

Between us we made three Shrink Pots, the two smaller ones are mine and the the tall one, is that made by eldest, all are made from the same Willow branch, the base of each pot has been fitted with a plate carved from some well seasoned Sycamore, this plate has been let into a location groove that has been carved into the wall of the pot, I elected to keep one of the pots "au naturel" by keeping the bark on for that added, 'rustic', appeal, but for the other one i made,  i decided to do the same as eldest and peel the bark off and it's a finish, i have to say i quite like, as you get to see all of the natural striations in the surface of the wood and it also means less work, as you dont have to finish it.

Now all we have to do is wait for the Willow to shrink and grab the plate in the bottom of the pots and they will be done, personally i think eldest did pretty good for his first ever attempt at making a shrink pot.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Whittling Stick

Bit of a variation on the Try Stick this one, the major difference being, it's just a length of wood into which you carve all manner of random things, ie: Whittling, so rather than have a Mors Try Stick, in this instance you have a "Kep's Whittling Stick".

On this particular stick, ive carved from the bottom up, a ball, a wide V spiral that then blends into a tight spiral that is straight cut on one side and tapered on the other, followed by another ball, then a fixed ring, next to this is a small facet, then a concave spindle and a convex spindle, then two diamonds with a dividing ring section, then three shallow rings, followed by a square section, then what i call the "mushroom caps" and lastly a simple stick chicken set into the top, not pictured is the loop of cordage made from a Bramble that the stick can be suspended by.

So the point of this stick?, well, it does teach you patience and fine carving skills, especially when it comes to carving a spiral and making the very small cuts needed to carve a ball into a stick or to smooth off the narrow area between the rings, you dont need any special tools either, all of the carving on this stick was done with a Victorinox Alox Farmer, the stick is also a great boredom beater and i suppose when it's complete, it's also fairly decorative too.

There are no hard and fast rules as to what you carve into the Whittling Stick, it's your stick, let your imagination run riot and see what happens

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Side Burning Stove

Thought as it was a nice evening id grab one of the side burning alcohol stoves i made a while back and go have a play outside with it.

I got a short video of it burning, which can be seen on my You Tube channel here, as ive also listed on the video description on You Tube, i have no idea of how much fuel i put in and i have no idea how long it takes to boil two cups of water, to be honest, i don't really care how long it takes to boil water, im out in the bush to enjoy my surroundings and im in no rush, it boils when it boils and that is good enough for me.

Looking at the flames, i forgot to wash the bottle out before making the stove, given time they will settle down to a nice blue colour though, im just going to have to burn the impurities out first, mind you there is a nice cider smell as the stove burns, mainly due to the fact it's made from an aluminium Cider bottle.

Hello Froggy

Whilst sat out in the garden this afternoon we noticed some movement over by the pond, on the wire netting (anti cat) sat a lovely and quite large frog, which as soon as it saw us, jumped into the water and then hid, but, then, while i was sat by the pond later polishing my hiking boots, i noticed a movement to my left and there on the wire was another frog, and most definitely a different one as it had different markings and colours, not long after this, another Frog (pictured) appeared and then not long after that, another.  We can only assume they have arrived enmasse as the weather has at last taken a turn for the better and where they have been hiding is drying out to the point that it's uninhabitable for them at the moment, not that we mind their visit,  as we all sat there and watched these marvellous creatures for the time they were visible to us.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Finnish Gas Mask Bag

I was gifted this superb canvas bag today as a token of thanks for applying First Aid, from my mate who had the accident with the chainsaw last week.

The bag is superb and comes with two straps, one being a shoulder strap, not pictured, the other being a waist strap, i was going to remove the waist strap, but, as im going to use this bag as a bimble bag and tool bag, i decided to leave it on for a good reason, with the strap attached, i can strap the bag to a tree at a comfortable height to access things, but also, with the waist strap, i can secure the bag to my three legged chopping block when im doing shows and demo's, rather than leave the bag under the block, that way, if someone decided they wanted the bag or it's contents, they would also take the block and as most of mine are made from Oak or Elm, they weigh heavy.

The inside of the bag, has a flap under which are a series of pockets, perfect for small carving knives and tools, there is even a square section that has been sewn in that is perfect for my lightweight brew kit.

I know the chap who gave this to me reads my blog, the bag is very much appreciated mate - thank you.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Jammy Dippers

Enjoyed a great day out up the woods today with Eldest, Hugo & Rockmonkey, we didn't really do much, a little bit of carving, a lot of mickey taking and a few conversations that are probably best left in the woods.

Hugo did us proud with Chocolate & Blueberry Amercian Muffins when we got to our spot for the day, but around lunch time it was my turn to cook up a bit of lunch, well a sweat treat really in the form of what we today christened Jammy Dippers, as you can see from the pic they are cooked in a pan with a little bit oil, much like you would a bannock, but i make these into smaller pieces so they are little more than a couple of mouthfuls, then when cooked, we covered each piece liberally in home made Blackberry jam - absolutely delicious they are too, i don't know how many i cooked, but i know every single one was demolished fairly quickly.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Day In The Woods

Enjoyed a great day in the woods with the two boys today, didn't really do much, just had a great laugh.

We decided today, that for a change and because we could, we would have a fire, we don't do this that often, although we have permission to have a fire whenever we want, we feel it is a privilege, not a right to have one and for a day trip, you dont really need one, especially as we all carry Monkey Boy stoves for day trips, but today, we thought we would have a fire.

So i tasked the two boys with getting a fire sorted, it was going to be a challenge for them as well as it only stopped raining a few hours earlier, so everything was still wet, with tinder, kindling and fuel sorted it was time to fire it up, you can see from our fire patch, how long ago it was we last had a fire here, took a little while to get going, but youngest got it going in the end.


Try Stick

Carved myself another Try Stick today, mainly for something to do as i was bored to tears, the only stick i had handy was a piece of dry Hazel, so that had to do, unfortunately, i removed the bark some time ago, so the cuts dont really show up that well in the photo, once i had carved all of the different notches and joints, made the square hole etc i thought i would make some more Bramble cordage, i placed this over the end with the round reduction, so i can hang the stick up.


Monday, 13 August 2012

Kentish Pattern Mask

I was asked by my old mucker Rockmonkey to make a mask for his Kentish pattern hand axe, i had some design criteria, but in the main i had free range to design a mask that would suit the axe, the two criteria i had, were 1) it has to be dark brown, 2) he wanted rivets rather than stitching.

The design i came up with is as pictured, as the axe is symmetrical, i needed a way to secure the mask when the axe was not in use, i looked at a retaining strap as you would find on a Gransfors mask, but it just looked daft in all honesty, so i went for a double popper mask, this way it is secured to the symmetrical axe head, top and bottom, and it has the added security of a double popper, so should one come undone in transit, the mask is still secure and the cutting edge is out of harms way.

The mask itself has been made using 3mm veg tan leather than has been dyed dark brown, so it matched RM's knife sheath that i made him a little while ago, the hardware used is brassed double headed rivets and brassed poppers which contrast with the rich colour of the leather.

I need to perform a few finishing touches to the mask, ie neaten up the welt edge and make sure everything is properly seated and secure, then give it a good coat of polish, before taking it round to RM.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Little Whittler - Five Months On

Thought it was about time i wrote a little bit about the Little Whittler knife i got back in March this year from my good mate Hugo on BCUK.

Per the title I've used this knife for approx five months now, and in that time, it has become one of my go to blades and I'm not just saying that because i got this from a mate, Hugo would want me to be 101% honest with any comments and that is what is going to happen.

So, yes, this little knife is a favourite, it's used on an almost daily basis, for all manner of things from cutting garden twine to spoon carving and even for removing the breast meat on Pigeons, it's very comfortable to use, even for extended periods of time and I've not once experienced a hot spot with it, the blade holds a razors edge and being a scandi grind, is a doddle to bring back to scary sharp, in fact I've not once taken this knife to the sharpening stones in the time ive had it, all I've ever needed to do is to strop the edge, to bring it back sharp again.

Bramble Cordage

Was clearing out some of the brambles along the back wall earlier today, but rather than chop them all up for disposal, i decided to keep a couple of the stems back and make some cordage with them instead.

The preparation of the Bramble is pretty straight forward, first remove all of the side shoots and leaves, i just used the back of my knife and scrapped it all down so it was smooth, once this was done i split each Bramble stem into four pieces, thankfully the Bramble splits really easily and it's simple to keep the split running straight down the middle of the shoot.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Hazel Bucksaw

Thought it was about time i made another bucksaw for myself as ive not made one for a while and it's always nice to practice a skillset that i don't use that often.

The saw features a standard 24" blade (peg & raker), which is set into the bottom of the two uprights, the saw cut in which the blade sits has some sisal string tied above the cut in a clove hitch to stop the cut/split travelling any further, the windlass is a piece of Willow that Ive carved into a pleasing shape and this in turn is attached to more sisal string, that has been doubled for additional strength, as the pressure on the string when you turn the windlass to tension the saw blade, is immense.

The cross brace is again a piece of Hazel, but instead of relying on friction and tension to keep it in place against the uprights, it is held using a round mortise, into which the cross bar sits, this makes for a very strong joint, yet it retains a certain elegance in design, ok, being at home, i used an auger to make the hole into which the cross bar sits, but out in the woods, you could just as easily make the hole with a bow and drill.

The saw once set up and tensioned, is remarkably rigid and a joy to use, in fact, the two large logs the saw is resting against, were a single log a short time before the photo was taken and were sawn in two, using the Hazel Bucksaw.


Friday, 10 August 2012

Busy Boy

We held a bit of a working party at the lakes yesterday so we could perform some much needed maintenance, which was mainly just cutting the grass on the paths around the lakes and trimming a few hedges back here and there, so brambles and briars didn't impede people getting to the fishing stations.

As you may well have read in yesterdays post, we had a bit of a boo boo up there, but the good news is, he is on the mend, very sore, but on the mend and there is no permanent damage, other than a few underwear stains.

During the work party one of the hardest workers was eldest, not only did he push a 190CC wheeled strimmer around the lakes, but once he had finished that, he got the long handled hedge trimmer on the go (with my permission) and then went around all of the paths and made sure it was all cut back off of the access ways.  Now i know this might sound biased, but i have never known a lad of his age, work so damned hard, to the point that you have to tell him to take a break, a point that was also mentioned by a couple of the adults who were helping us as well, glad we had him up there with us though, the rate at which he works, meant we were finished well ahead of schedule.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

When Steel Meets Flesh

Not for the squeamish this one I'm afraid, the picture shows the hand and wrist of a good mate of mine who today, whist doing some Tree Surgery for me at the Lakes had, shall we say, a very narrow escape, or as us Brits like to call it - a bit of a boo boo.

I'm not going to give the guys name out, but all i will say is this, he is probably one of the most safety conscious guys i know and his preparation for the work he did today was faultless, but it just goes to show, that even those amongst us, who are highly trained (as he is) and have the right attitude to safety, can still fall victim, he was incredibly lucky not to receive a life threatening injury when the chainsaw he was using met with the flesh of his left wrist.  Thankfully his injury is not as bad as first feared and he will heal in good time, but it does illustrate the old saying of "Safety Is No Accident" in a fairly graphic manner, please people always be aware of where that sharp tool is going to end up if you miss or it slips and if you are going to use a chainsaw, please, go and get some proper training in the safe use of the tool, many Colleges do short courses now in basic saw use, and whilst they are not cheap to attend, they are cheaper than doing a CS30 & 31 course, the ultimate question has to be "how much is your life worth?".

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Kelly Kettle

Been using my Kelly Kettle a lot in recent days, love the thing and so glad i got one, a couple of times it was a bit of a struggle to get it going, mainly due to the lack of suitable kindling and indeed dry materials at the venue i was at, but perseverance saw us through and in next to no time a decent brew was on the go.

At an event i was demoing skills at the other day, a lady who was in the assembled crowd, commented at how simple it was and was i think, stunned at how effective the Kettle was, so much so, she took a photo of the manufacturers label so she could look up their website and order her own when she got home, wonder if i can claim commission from the nice chaps at Kelly Kettle  ;-)?.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Willow Bowl

Made some progress on this bowl today, i started it a few days ago, but had to wait a little while for it to dry before i could progress any further, i had initially smoothed the outside of the bowl down with a spokeshave, but it looked, well, to be frank, boring, being all smooth, so i attacked it with a small knife and gave it a faceted finish, I'm calling it the Golf Ball Bowl now.

I still need to tidy the exterior surface and refine the tooling so it's finer, then i have to work on the interior of the bowl, the rim & the base, before finally getting it finished, then i guess i had better find a golfer who might like it.

Ash Kuksa

Made some great progress on the Ash Kuksa i started yesterday, i have all of the rough carving on it done now and now need to spend some time refining the shape and finish of the cup with some fine carving tools, in common with most of my carving these days, the finish will be tooled, rather than sanded.

Next time i say I'm carving a Kuksa and I pick up a piece of seasoned Ash, someone please stop me, as although the end result is great, it's damned hard work.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Hans Karlsson 25-22mm Gouge

I  just could not resist getting another Hans Karlsson Gouge to supplement the two i already have, this one is a little smaller than the gouge i had purchased before at a mere 22mm in width, but the addition of this tool to the collection, I'm more or less where i want to be with carving tools at the moment, the only addition i may get at some point in the future is the 150-45mm gouge, but at the moment that one is going to have to wait until I'm feeling flush again.

Sycamore Spoon

Yup, another spoon, this one has been carved from the crook of a Sycamore branch, which has given quite a pleasing shape to the finished spoon, what you cant really see in the photo, is the angle between the handle and bowl, which in reality is quite an acute angle, but it works really well and looks stunning.

The spoon, as with all of my recent spoonage was completed with a tooled finish.

A Tale Of Two Kuksa

I thought it was about time i made a new Kuksa today, well i had to try out the new Karlsson gouges on it as well, so i grabbed a lovely bit of Cherry from the wood pile, cleaned it up with the axe and then laid out the dimensions for the Kuksa on it.

Then i attacked it with the Adze and gouges, got a lovely deep and smooth bowl carved out in next to no time, the new Hans Karlsson Dog Leg gouge i bought in the week made life very easy when it came to carving the bottom of the bowl, having carved the hollow out to a point where i felt i could move on to the exterior shaping, i removed the blank from the bowl horse, cut off the surplus wood from each end and just as i was about to start shaping the exterior with the axe, it split, not in two or anything so dramatic, but within minutes you could see loads of cracks appear in the end grain and within the bowl i had just painstakingly carved out, ah well, shit happens i guess, so that one is now fire wood.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Hans Karlsson Dog Leg Gouge

I bought myself another Hans Karlsson gouge the other day and today had the chance to use it for the first time, even with limited use today, i just know, that this tool is going to become a firm favourite when carving cups and bowls.

The gouge i purchased is a bit of an oddity as it's a dog leg gouge,  as you can see from the photo it has a distinct bend in shaft, hence the name "Dog Leg", the advantage of this shape is it enables you to get right into the bottom of carved bowls and cups to flatten out and smooth the very bottom, the shape of the gouge allows the cutting edge to run parallel to the base of the bowl, thereby allowing you to smooth out the inside properly,  whilst this is not impossible to do with a regular gouge, it really is not that easy to do on items that have deep sides or are made on the small side such as a Kuksa.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Stormy Start

Had a day out with Hugo & Rockmonkey again today, weather was great when we left home, but by the time we got to the woods, well the path leading into it, the heavens opened, thankfully i had rememebred to take a waterproof jacket with me, but my waterproof trousers, yup, i left them in the car - oops. At one point i didnt think the heavy rain was ever going to let off, thankfully it did and the sun came out and shone on us for the rest of the day and we managed to get most things more or less dry again.