Monday, 9 November 2015

Butter knives

Ive started to make more of these recently. I love making them and I'm surprised more carving folks don't as they are very useful and its one less metal utensil in the kitchen.

They are called Smorkniv in Sweden where they get made and used more often.
Its also an excuse to play with Ochre milk paints that I like to make up, as the wood on these is Birch, so you can enjoy the plain simplicity of the wood against the brightly colored handles. I first saw a version of these being made by a very famous and creative craftsman called Jögge Sundqvist via his book Schnitzen.

Another leader in Green woodworking Drew Langster of Country Workshops in the USA is currently running a butter knife project where you can send in your version of these utensils. Give it a try if your into wood carving, as they are a great introduction to the craft.

Now available in the web Webshop if you fancy one 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Bushcraft Skills overnighter course

Had a great weekend just gone, teaching a group of seven adults all about the basics of bushcraft, with a chance to sleep out in the woods and enjoy the experience for longer. We were busy long into the evening and many a dutch oven was filled and emptied over the 24 hours.
Its worth all the preparation, teaching, and setting up when there is so much positivity within a group and folks start to take in the new skills as well as relaxing and chatting around the fire in an evening when the work is done.

Its very rewarding work.

Anyway, a few pics as per usual...

Large group area for cooking and teaching.

First time with Tarpage and some new knots learnt.

Trying out the bivi for the first time

Fire by friction successes

Evening meal all cooked as a group. Pizza, chilli, curry, flat breads and rice.

Relaxing with a brew and chatting long into the night.

Cooked breakfast on the way

Black Pines. I still like to climb when I get chance, and these are great. They're very tall and you can usually sit on the very top of the canopy due to the table top like upper surface.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Decorated eating spoon designs post Spoonfest 2015

Last weekend I attended Spoonfest in the village of Edale part of the wonderful county of Derbyshire, Uk. Its such a great thing living close to an amazing international event. Many of the worlds top spoon (and other woodcraft) carvers instruct there and its made a wonderful place with all the folks that attend to see, and carve spoonage. Camping out for the whole event, you really get to soak up ideas and inspiration.

I've not been happy with my eating spoons. There ok, work perfectly well, and are durable, but I wanted to make them a little more distinctive, and to revisit some of the chip carved and kolrosed designs from my previous spoons. I made nine spoons over the first three days back, tweaking the design and leaving them around the house grabbing a look from different angles as I went about my chores. After finally picking out my favourite, I matched up the others as best as possible and went for it with the frosts 106 and carved in some patterns long into the night.

I'm into Sami symbols again and elements - wind, fire, earth, water and trying out a few ideas. I cracked out the milk paint and ochre pigments again to add a little colour. I was a little unsure if I should follow this imaginary, but it feels right, I'm drawn to it constantly. Plus the Mrs likes it which helps!

What do you think? Be honest now or I wont be able to make for the customer.


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Yew plank giant spoon rack.

Normally my spoons just go on a table at shows and demos, but space is running out now there's a load more shapes to choose from. 

I had this section of damaged milled timber saved for making a bow, but there was lots of twisting in the sap wood and a lot of grain to chase, so I finally made my mind up and turned it into something useful :)

All done with hand tools, It'll sit on top of a wooden trestle table, and I might make another one to sit on this one yet for my decorated spoons. There should be some room for the kuksas, bowls, and bark containers too, although it seems a shame to cover up the grain. I just love Yew wood.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Spoon give away!

Well I think its high time for a give away. The shop is bursting with spoons and there's a few new shapes in there too. Also the facebook page has well over 1000 likes so its only fair we have some fun. I'd also like to tie in a little research.

If you would like to enter, leave a comment here about which is your favourite spoon in the Webshop and if coming from Facebook, please share the give away post. Then I'll draw the winner at random at 21:00 hrs. BST on Tuesday 14th July, and they'll get the spoon they said they liked.

Maybe its the way it looks, or the spoon you think you would find most useful to you or someone you know. I try to trim down and keep things simple so if a shape is starting to loose interest, then it might need a tweak or change, hence the type of give away.

I like making the jar spoons and scoops the best at the moment, but it changes every time I sit down to make a batch of spoons.

All the best,

Paul Adamson.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Blogging, fb, and what Ive been up to.

Hello folks, Its been a busy few months and a long time since a new blog enty.

Before I waffle on about what Ive been doing, are there preferences to what I could blog about? Ive been using Facebook recently due to being short on time and it being so easy to share comments with people, but is there still an interest on blog sites? I like them for their permanence as things get lost on timelines and within fb groups. Just interested on your thoughts.

I'm currently studying a Practical Ethnobotany course with the Woodcraft School in West Sussex UK. Its a brilliant course which will keep me busy until November. All things craft, food and medicinal with native and naturalised plants are covered, with assessments along the way.

In-between visits down south, there is Arboriculture, the family and teaching keeping me busy busy, along with a few crafts to make for the shop and public demonstrations (and fun).

Highlights so far this year have been running Spoon carving, Bowl and Kuksa carving and Barkcraft courses, with a few shorter demonstrations and workshops too. All have gone really well and I've met some great folks along the way. Thanks for all that attended and worked so hard.

Ive been making lots of spoons, and trying out several new designs. Smaller spoons have been grabbing my attention of late, with Teaspoons, Scoops, baby/toddler spoons, and Tea caddies made with Jar spoons and servers taking up the bigger spaces on the boxes.

But Barkcraft, has been my favourite thing lately and the buzz I'm getting off students is amazing. There shall be much more of this to come in future posts.

Hope you liked the update, and let me know what you think. Feel free to comment a little about your interests, and thoughts on social media. 

Cheers, Paul.