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Found 30 results

  1. From the album: Spoon Carving

    A friend of mine at work gave me tree limbs that he cut from his Japanese Silk tree, and I found some nice wood in those limbs. Just finished this large cooking spoon this afternoon and put the first coat of "Tried and True" on it. My third attempt carving spoons from green wood. It's getting addictive.
  2. Dangit!! That's why we call it learning right! I'll hang this one up as a reminder.
  3. John Morris

    Chinaberry Spoon

    From the album: Spoon Carving

  4. John Morris

    Chinaberry Spoon

    From the album: Spoon Carving

  5. John Morris

    Chinaberry Spoon

    From the album: Spoon Carving

  6. John Morris

    Chinaberry Spoon

    From the album: Spoon Carving

  7. From the album: Spoon Carving

    The knife is a hook knife, great for carving out scoops and the bowl of a spoon. I read much about the use of these knives, and how to carve the Swedish Slojd method, it takes some getting used too, but the methods are very efficient and accurate. This hook knife is made by Morakniv, a tradition in Sweden, and the cost of the knives are very affordable. Here is a link to a series of videos by Morakniv and legend Jogge Sundqvuist on use and maintenance. The whole series can be found here at Swedish Knife Grip Lessons with Jogge Sundqvuist
  8. From the album: Spoon Carving

    After I roughed out my spoon with my hatchet, I clean up much of it with my Morakniv's, and now I am ready to scoop out the spoon portion with my Morakniv hook knife. This is it for now, it was getting cold outside, and my wife came out an chewed me out for being outside with a bad cold, but but but honey, nope, get yer butt inside! Ok. So I wrapped the spoon in cloth so to not lose moisture too fast, and set it on my work bench for tomorrow, I'll start scooping out the spoon bowl with the hook knife.
  9. From the album: Spoon Carving

    A limb from a Chinaberry tree, and some tools, a Robin Wood hatchet which I absolutely love. Several Morakniv's, an old froe and we are ready! The curved portion of this limb is perfect for large spoons.
  10. John Morris

    Large Spoon Roughed

    From the album: Spoon Carving

    The spoon is completely roughed out by my hatchet.
  11. From the album: Spoon Carving

    The bark comes off really easy when working Chinaberry green.
  12. From the album: Spoon Carving

    With my hatchet I flattened the top surface of the spoon.
  13. From the album: Spoon Carving

    The curved limb is perfect for a large spoon. I split the limb with my froe, and it split perfectly, I can make two large spoons.
  14. We arrived home from our daughter's basic training graduation Friday night (post for that coming soon), and after all the excitement I got a chance to wander out to our backyard and chop out a rough spoon blank with my hatchet from some Chinaberry I cut down a couple weeks ago. I am in the learning stages of woodcarving and I am focusing on green woodworking Slojd style. I love it. My work has a lot to be desired at this point, but I'm having fun. I took the spoon to near completion, now I'll wrap it in cloth to let it dry out slowly for about two weeks, then I'll refine the lines and facets. See ya in two weeks for the final carving and finish. Thanks for looking.
  15. From the album: Spoon Carving

    The beginnings, I am ready!
  16. From the album: Spoon Carving

    My spoon is roughed out as far as I can go, now I will wrap it in cloth and let it slowly dry for a couple weeks, then refine the lines and facets.
  17. From the album: Spoon Carving

    I am attempting another spoon carving, I trimmed a Chinaberry tree a couple weeks ago and the long straight branches are ideal for green woodworking. I took my hatchet and roughed the blank out, then started shaping.
  18. My wife bought a wooden spoon that has layers of different colors. I've worked with many exotic woods and I don't believe that all of those colors exist. If they are real, they would be too expensive to use. However I can't figure out how they got the stained color layers put together. Ideas?
  19. I love this book, I ordered it from Tools For Working Wood and it's also available on Amazon. The book is a hard cover and full of great illustrations and images. The author Jogge Sundqvist walks you through what is needed to carve bowls, wooden ware and many other useful items for the home and garden. The principal of Slojd is to create self sufficiency in work, from making your own tools, to cutting down a tree or parts of a tree, and processing the wood by hand to bring it to the point of working it into something useful. I have become as of late very interested in wood carving, green woodworking and other bodger type work. I will someday build a pole lathe as well. Jogge walks you through the processes from which tools to purchase for carving, how to keep them sharp, and how to use the special Swedish knife grips that look very intimidating at first, but once you study how ingenious the grips are, and the natural safety stops in place to prevent from cutting oneself, it all makes sense and I cannot wait to get a hold of some green tree limbs and start splitting and working the wood with hatchet and knives. I give this book a big thumbs up. Enjoy!
  20. I love this book. I picked it up on Amazon awhile back and finally got a chance to read through it and view the different holding techniques for the method of Slojd carving. I have been interested now for sometime in carving by Slojd, I have delved into the world of Jogge Sundqvist who is the son of the author of this book, Wille Sundqvist. And now I have Wille Sundqvist seniors book in my hands and I can't wait to set knife to wood. This book is a paper back, and the publication of this specific version is 1990, and has been updated through 2013 I believe. Though this book is considered by many to be the big Kahuna of Slojd carving books, as some may say Wille Sundqvist was pretty much the final word on this subject. Wille first carved as a boy in his grandparents kitchen. Slojd has a deep tradition and roots in Sweden, the essence of Slojd is the ability to be self sufficient and make things you need to use, practically, such as utensils, bowls and much more. Slojd also teaches to use the forest wisely. This book goes through all the tried and proven Slojd knife holds, the grips, the actions, the proper way to pin arms at your side as you carve, and yes, there are many images of using a knife and cutting towards your body, but not too worry, Slojd tradition has worked out the kinks over time, and the incredibly powerful knife holds you learn actually have stops built into the carving actions, so that the knife stays and cuts where it is supposed too. In this book Wille goes through in depth the sharpening of curved hook knives, straight knives, and hatchets, there is also much dedication to the use of hatchets in roughing out your project, and even fine shaving your work. There is a companion video available for this book somewhere, I have not looked for it yet, but I think it would be a wonderful addition to an already great book. If you are interested in carving the Swedish/Slojd way, I highly recommend this book. Cheers! Links of Interest Wille Sundqvist passes away Honoring Wille Sundqvist Slojd Carving Spoons by the son (Jogge Sundqvist) of Wille Sundqvist. Media The Author Wille Sundqvist in an old video from 1982
  21. From the album: Spoon Carving

    The spoon is roughed out, and I carved the shape with a couple sloyd style knives.
  22. John Morris

    Eucalpytus Split

    From the album: Spoon Carving

    I procured this little branch for a wood pile at work, it's green, and I split it using a forest axe and beat the axe head with another small log till it split. I really need to get a froe.
  23. John Morris

    Wood Tools Hatchet

    From the album: Spoon Carving

    I roughed out the spoon blank with my Japanese Hatchet and thought I'd bring out my new hatchet by Robin Woods and give it a try to bring the blank to fine rough. I like the new hatchet, it performed well in curves.
  24. From the album: Spoon Carving

    The spoon needs to be dished out, I'll do that after it has dried overnight.
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