Friday, 19 July 2013

Sycamore Spoon

Sycamore eating spoon made from locally sourced timber, fully tooled finish.  The blank to this spoon was made at one of the events i recently attended, but due to other commitments, ive only just now been able to get it finished off.

Babies

Tortoiseshell butterfly caterpillars, hatched yesterday (18-7-2013), lovely to see, i will follow their progress and post updates on their development.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Spoon Blanks

Just a few of the spoon blanks created during the two shows i attended last weekend where i performed what seemed like almost non stop spoon carving demo's, using the axe and knife.

All of the blanks shown and a few more, that are not in the photo, were roughed out from Sycamore, all i need to do now is find the time to sit down and finish them all off

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Hand Drill

Practicing the hand drill whilst on a trip to the woods, i didn't take anything with me as the challenge was to gather materials on the day and to then make an ember using what was found.

The drill im using is Elder and the hearth is made from Clematis, did i make an ember, well, no i didn't, but i had a few attempts and got good smoke and a nice pile of dust on each attempt, but, i think the drill was just a tad too far gone to be really effective as it was wearing down incredibly quickly, and my hands were sore from the previous few days of playing around with the hand drill, well thats my excuse anyway :-).

When i got home that evening, i tried a set that ive been using a lot recently, and got an ember in five passes of the drill, making me think even more that the drill i used up the woods was the problem, still, it is nice to set oneself a challenge when you are out and about.