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I want this post to resonate with non carvers, to welcome you into a craft with open arms and encourage others to join in with a craft that brings with it great reward and satisfaction. i hope to clear up a few things, to push that door a little wider and save you time in researching.
you need 4 tools in spoon carving, a small hatchet (you may already have!) a slöjd or carving knife - mora 106, a hook knife (again start with mora but this time a 164) and a saw.
add to this a strop, strop stick and a glass block sharpen on. i have done 3 instagram tv videos on how to strop and sharpen (click the igtv icon underneath my profile picture!) it’s an essential and very rewarding skill to learn! next thing is wood selection.... certain woods have very desirable properties for spoons, they are easy to cut when green, are very strong when dry, accessible, don't have any taste and aren't poisonous. many fruit woods fall under the above categories and my personal favourites are apple and cherry!
this is a green woodworking craft, green wood is easier to carve, it is as simple as that and nothing else... there's nothing wrong with carving wood that has been seasoned and therefore dry, it's just harder, try both!
now imagine a round log, like one you may put on the fire, split this in half length ways and again (and again if it is a very large piece of wood!),and you'll have long triangles left over. draw a design for your spoon on the flat surface of one of these triangles and you will be carving a radially cleft spoon - the most stable of grain orientations!
the pith is the inner most part of the log (not always directly in the centre though!) and is typically darker than the rest and very unstable. remove this before you carve your spoon!
take your time and stick with a simple design (i have templates of designs on youtube, use them freely and experiment with your own!) when you have finished your spoon use it, repeatedly thinking how it can be improved next time.
keep a first aid kit handy and don't rush it, enjoy the experience!
lastly, head over to my youtube channel spoon carving with tom, i hope you enjoy my tutorials, tips and tricks ☺️