The only tools that Martin uses for spoon carving are an axe, a straight knife and a hook knife.
Starting the Spoon
A section of wood is cut from the branch and split in two along its length using the axe and a mallet.
The cleft face is then levelled and the curved surface shaped using the axe to roughly form the top surface of the spoon. The design is then drawn onto the wood.
Roughing Out the Design
Having marked the design on the wood the waste is removed using the axe leaving the roughed out spoon as shown.
Refining the Outline
Using the straight knife the last of the waste is removed to leave the outline of the spoon.
The top of the handle is shaped and smoothed. This includes checking that the top of the handle and bowl are level to ensure that a twisted spoon is not produced.The handle is carved back to make the bowl and the back of the handle is also shaped.
This work is done with a combination of the two knives.
Hollowing The Bowl
The hollow of the bowl is carved first using the hook knife. Once this is done the outside of the bowl can be shaped with the straight knife using the fingers to judge the bowl thickness.
Except for finishing, the carving of the spoon is now complete. The spoon is then set aside to dry.
|The Finished Spoon|