This post is the second of three part series on what I have “humbly” deemed my sloyd horse. You may want to read the first post on the Spoon Mule as I won’t be repeating much of the information found in that post. I enjoy carving bowls. That is a bit of an understatement. If … Continue reading My Sloyd Horse (Part 2 the Bowl Horse)
I have often found myself admiring the different clamping devices I see for spoons, bowls, and anything that can be shaped with a draw knife. Dawson of Michigan Sloyd sells plans for a Spoon Mule. Tim Manney sells plans for a Shave Horse. Dave Fisher has published drawings of his Bowl Horse. Sean Hellman published … Continue reading My Sloyd Horse (Part 1 the Spoon Mule)
I enjoy making spoons and bowls that are functional, and let the wood decide a good deal of the finished form. I enjoy finding the grain, and maintaining as many of those long fibers as possible. So if I’m making a long bowl, and the log has a twist, it is going to show up … Continue reading The Twisted Bowl
If you have read any of my posts on bowls, you will notice that there is a regular reference to David Fisher. This one is no different in the fact that I once again reference techniques that he has shared. Between his articles in Fine Wood Working magazine, his blog posts, and the information on … Continue reading A fortuitous mistake
I can make a spoon out of wood. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing spoon, but it transfers food and liquid from a cup or bowl in my mouth and I don’t have any splinters on my tongue. Fairly low bar, but everyone needs to start somewhere, and it has taken me a … Continue reading Chasing knowledge, and a good time
The two most dominant trees on my property were a weeping cherry and a sugar maple. Both of these were important as the weeping cherry was planted soon after we moved into the home over 20 years ago, and while the sugar maple was already planted when we moved in, each fall we were visited … Continue reading I wouldn’t suggest it, but I have plenty of carving wood.
Once I’ve completed the greenwood carving, either a bowl or spoon, I let it sit in a controlled environment for drying. Around here that is a large lidded cardboard box in my basement. The basement has a dehumidifier, so even in the summer the humidity level isn’t likely to fluctuate too much. The same … Continue reading Finishing my greenwood carvings, bowls or spoons