Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 1 | Axe Carving

A few weeks ago I decided on carving a wooden spoon, a life experience that anyone should try. To create a usable object from a slab of green timber is an incredibly liberating thing to do, the unknown of what will be created from the timber is brilliant. It is just you and your axe, if you take away too much you ruin it but you could also improve it.

You would usually use some fruit wood to whittle a spoon but as the oak was available I thought I would try one of the hardest woods to carve by hand.

I am using green oak from a fallen branch, Fiskars X7 (wildlife style) axe, Mora carving knife and a Ben Orford Crook knife to cut the bowl.

Ross Hetherington

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