Saturday, 29 November 2014

More decorated spoons

Milk paint has gotten a hold of me. Nothings safe now!

I chip carved some more spoons recently, so I added a splash of paint and oil to jazz them up a little.
I only used a frosts 106 carving knife for all the carving and decoration work. They work so well. I have a chip carving knife I made from an old penknife but I just go with the frosts as it so easy.

Most are Sami inspired with a few doodles from looking at things that were lying around the room at the time.

Latest carved bowls

Back into bowl carving at the mo, and these below are to help the students on next years courses understand them a little better.

First up is an up-swept Oak bowl. This was hard work on the hands and tools, but I'm so glad I finished it. I love the grain and colour.

Next is a flat topped Birch bowl, painted with homemade milk paint containing Ochre pigments.

I also finished it with some homemade wax (beeswax and linseed oil blend)

Then I decided to go down the figure carving route, my first foray into this addictive world!
This is supposed to be a Moorhen :) and its made from Birch again with milk paint. These chaps, the Coots and Dapchicks were constantly swimming past during  the last spoon demonstration, so I went with one of these instead of the other ducks.

Makers mark on the bowl bottoms

I'm really pleased with these and its inspired me to make many more. 
I hope the students next year feel the same.

End of season event rush

Its been a busy last few months with demonstrations and short courses. Things are calming down a little now which means its carving time! More on that in the next blog entry.

In September I was asked to step in last minute for the folks at the Basecamp festival in Derbyshire, on an excellent site. The folks there organising and visiting the weekends festival were a very welcoming bunch and Myself and Chad had a wonderful time teaching firelighting.

Up next was the annual Bushcraft day at Elvaston Castle Country Park. A day rammed with as much bushcraft as possible. Next year this will be an overnight course too, allowing the students a chance to sleep in their shelters.

Then we had another regular event, The Woodland Festival held at the same site. This well established event is one of the best for watching and taking part in traditional woodland crafts, with the top craftspeople in the UK. I really enjoy this one!

and the last two events were an Autumn forage in October for wild food and other materials needed for living in the woods, followed in early November by another weekend spoon carving demonstration along a canal side workshop open day.

Oh, and My Daughter and I had a wild camp out in a very nice woodland just before it turned cold and wet. Loads of Owls hooting and foxes barking through the night. We also saw the Badgers scuffling about near camp.

All in all a very enjoyable end to the main season. I've concentrated on carving again recently in preparation for some new courses coming up soon. Keep an eye out on the main website and on here as I eventually update things. Once that's sorted, its back to more studying of wild food and tracking as they are endless subjects to learn about.