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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Photobucket

Morning all,

I've not posted on here for many moons as you will have noticed, following Photobuckets decision to charge $400.00 per annum for third party photo hosting you will have noticed that most if not all of the photos on my posts have been replaced by banner from Photobucket, as i will not be held to ransom by Photobucket i will not be paying their bill and will over the fullness of time either delete this blog entirely, leave it as is as you can click the place holder and still see the photo or hope with everything crossed that they see sense and restore third party hosting.

Thanks for your understaning

Mark

Monday, 17 March 2014

Completed Ash Chair

Completed Ash chair, seat upholstered using hemp webbing, all tenon and leg ends sanded silky smooth, the entire frame was given a couple of good coats of Danish Oil.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Ash Chair

Ash chair - all parts hand crafted from Ash logs.

Legs and stretchers have been made from cleft wood using the draw knife and rounding plane, tenons cut using a tenon cutter.

Just needs a tidy and a clean up then it can be upholstered.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Axe Felling

Felling in a mono culture of Ash with not even as much as a pigeons nest in it,  on the top of the South Downs earlier this week using the traditional axe & saw method, although the tools used, compared to those used in the past, would be considered as little more than toys by the old boys who used to do this type of work up there in days gone by.

The stumps are left high on purpose, as at a later date another crew will visit the site and treat the ash with root killer, but to do this and for the chemical to work, they need a fresh cut.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Cleft Ash Hurdle

Cleft Ash hurdle - made today using timber from a small fallen Ash tree that I cut down and made safe yesterday.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Bullroarer

Bullroarer made from some lovely seasoned Boxwood, hard work to carve, but the end result is worth it, makes one heck of a noise when it is spun around too.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Willow Bowl

Willow bowl commission finished this afternoon.

The exterior surfaces of the bowl are sanded to 2500 grit, with the exception of the underneath of the end wings which are fluted for grip, the interior of the bowl retains the tool marks per the customers request, the bowl has received a couple of coats of pure beeswax and will get a couple more tomorrow to finish it off and then it will be off to the customer just in time for Christmas

Friday, 29 November 2013

Blanks

Roughed out spoon blanks drying off before final fine carving and finishing.

The top two are eating spoons, the lower pair are serving spoons, woods used from top to bottom are, Gorse, Apple, Apple & Sycamore.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Sporks

A few Hazel sporks that ive made of late, really got into making these and thoroughly enjoyed it, the simplicity of carving the flat style of utensil made a pleasant change from the normal cranked handle style of spoon i tend to make these days.


Sycamore Serving Spoon

Small Sycamore serving spoon, the rough shaping was done with the axe and the refinement with my Ben Orford pick knives, the spoon has an overall tooled finish.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Hazel Spork

Something a bit different to the norm, carved from Hazel and given a sanded finish, the spork is 17cm in overall length and the bowl section is 4cm at it's widest point.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Birch Kuksa / Kasa

Hand carved drinking cup (Kuksa/Kasa) in Birch.

The cup is just under six inches in length with a bowl diameter of three inches and a bowl depth of one and half inches, fully tooled/faceted exterior finish and smooth carved interior.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Cherry Eating Spoon

Made this one for myself, hand carved from Cherry using the axe and knife and features a tooled finish, the photo shows the handle to bowl transition area as well as the cranked handle that has been carved out from a straight grained log to give the spoon not only pleasing aesthetics, but also functionality.

The spoon was based on one that i made for myself some time ago now from a piece of Magnolia, and as i use the Magnolia spoon quite often, i thought, i would make a copy of it, but this time in Cherry, the photo to the left, shows both spoons, with the Magnolia one uppermost.

It's now ready to be placed into my rucksack for the next trip to the woods where it will be pressed into service come lunch time.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Cherry Serving Spoon

Cherry serving spoon carved in a Scandinavian style, spoon made for a commission we recently received, sanded finish and some simple carved decoration on the handle per the customers instruction.

Saturday, 28 September 2013