Friday, 24 August 2012

Swedish Inspired Spoons

I've rough carved these few spoons (and a spatula) for cooking and serving after inspiration from Spoonfest. I need to let them dry some more then I'll finish them off with the knife and do a little chip carving, painting and oiling.
Lime, Alder, 3 Birch and Ash from left to right.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Spoonfest Pictures

I had a great time at Spoonfest in Edale, Derbyshire last weekend even though I had to come home early. We had the pleasure of many talented craftsmen demonstrating and leading workshops as well as chatting with us throughout the event. This combined with an excellent gallery, spoonshop and tool try area, really helps with furthering the art of carving, with spoons an excellent way to concentrate on the main skills and have some fun with a large group of like minded folks.

The man!

Mr Hill bark sheath making 

Jogge's very nice spoons

and another beautiful one by a famous chap ; ) 

It wasn't all spoons

My "Take Hart" moment of fame! I can hear the music now....

Workshop time

Splitting, but not as we know it.

Blue sky over the great ridge.

Cant wait for next year if it goes ahead. The family will be coming along and we really hope the destination will happen.
Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers that made such a unique and worth
 while event take place so successfully. I have to say I was in my element : )

Friday, 17 August 2012

Off to Spoonfest

Heading off to sunny Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District today. There's some top carvers from Scandinavia, USA, UK and elsewhere demonstrating. Just hope my spoonage is worth getting out of the bag as there's some serious talent on site.
I've knocked a few up anyhow, which might pay for a T-shirt or a Bacon cob.

I'll try and grab a few pictures from the weekend in-between the showers, and post up when I back home.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Woodlore Wilderness Navigation Course

I recently attended a wilderness navigation course (never too old to learn) and snapped away with my old digital camera. I don't often go camping in the summer except on family holidays, so with the perfect weather, camp shower and days out, it certainly didn't feel like hard work. I slept the week in my tatty hammock, and I'm so glad I did. The comfort, space and functionality of this set up was like home from home. There was no roughing it here, except for the blooming mosquitoes!

Anyhow, the sun was out non stop so here's some pictures of the week.

My camp for the week

A new obsession

The clumps of trees on hill tops really help when learning map reading.

Full run of the estate

Good times chatting round the fire with brew in hand

No roughing it here

A welcome bush shelter

Night navigation

...mixed with the natural

Re-section on a grave

Stumbled across a great debris shelter

Just as when you learn about flora and fauna, gaining the vital skills of wilderness navigation really makes the countryside come alive. A great course and great company. Hope to see you guys again, cheers.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Hand Drill Fire

Firstly apologies for the lack of new posts, I've been rather busy of late with tree work and holidays.

After drying the newly collected Teasel and Buddlia stems from a couple of weeks ago I thought I'd have a spin with the Clematis hearth that a mate sent up from sunny Cornwall, that's been drying for 6 months by the stove.

I went straight for the Teasel as it was straighter and the right diameter after drying. The buddlia didn't look quite right so I'll practice on that one later on.

First go in months and we had smoke straight from the start and a nice build up of powder. Some grit from the floor in the notch and plenty of hand wetting for grip on the spindle produced a nice pile of dust, but no ember. So after the arms stopped aching I went for ignition with plenty of fresh energy, I think the coffee just before had kicked in : )

... and a nice ember was the result. I ran off to grab the camera with the wife wondering what was going off.

Ember popped into a tinder bundle as up it went.

Now I have a set that works really well compared to the Elder and lime I've been using, but I'm going to carry on trying new sets that are gathered locally. I think Teasel on Lime is the best bet for my area.