Category Archives: Carving

A Note of Encouragement to Beginning Carvers

If you’re doing any wood carving these days, you probably belong to one or more Facebook groups for carving. Or you follow some expert carvers on Instagram. Seeing beautiful woodwork every day can be inspiring at first. But eventually it … Continue reading

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Can You Carve Spoons from Dry Wood?

Spoons and other “treen” are traditionally carved from green wood, cut fresh from the tree. The obvious advantages are that (1) fresh-cut wood is softer and generally easier to cut than dried wood, and (2) you don’t have to spend … Continue reading

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Sloyd Knife Sheaths

I really like my Morakniv sloyd knives, which I use for spoon carving.  They take a very good edge, they are reasonably priced, and they are still made in Sweden by people who know what good tool steel is. Recently … Continue reading

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Want to Carve Spoons? Use a Template

On a spoon-carving forum I read, the question of templates comes up frequently.  A lot of spoon carvers say they “just wing it,” or as others put it, “just see what the wood wants to be.” Now, there’s no question … Continue reading

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Spoon Carving Templates

I don’t remember exactly when I began to use templates to lay out my wooden spoons and spatulas, but after I had made my first dozen or so wooden spoons, I hit upon a couple of spoon shapes that just … Continue reading

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It’s Official: Spoon Making is “In.”

Earlier this year, the Popular Woodworking Magazine blog promoted several of the magazine’s spoon making resources.  There is now a Facebook group of spoon makers and greenwood craftspeople that boasts nearly 5,500 members (myself included).  And more recently, over at the Lost … Continue reading

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A Good Sloyd Knife

After making a few spoons with my current knives (a short Frost knife and one or two chip carving knives), I determined that I needed a longer knife for shaping handles. I searched for Sloyd knives at all my usual, … Continue reading

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Leaf Carving

My wife came back from Wooworking in America with a few carving gouges and a lot of enthusiasm.  She and I had attended Mary May‘s seminar on carving oak leaf shapes, and we were keen to try out what we … Continue reading

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Carving at the ArtWalk

It’s not often I get to take my woodworking to work with me, but not long ago our art department at the university was collaborating with our English department to have a art/poetry/music exhibition. So I brought a few small … Continue reading

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