carving along with bowl turning has become very popular over the last
few years in the UK. The gallery below shows some of the knives that
can be used for carving spoons and some example of carved spoons.
wood to use for spoon carving is a regular question we're asked. There
is no real fast rule but when we coming across any unusual wood we check
for any toxcicity issues. Over the years we have carved a spoon from
every wood we've come across,this has helped us build up a knowledge
of what woods carve the easiest and looks good.
next question we're normally asked is, what knives to use. Here are
some of the knives we have used so far. Frosts/mora knives,no
matter what you might read a basic set of these are a good place to
start to get a feel for spoon carving without breaking the bank. They
are relative cheap at £20'ish per knife and with a bit of tweaking
of the shapening you can have a decent set of knives. We still use the
straight carving knife from Frosts/mora as our main knife
even after many years of spoon carving. Svante Djarve knives
are more than double the price of the mora's and come in a variety of
blade lengths and hook curves. Hans Karlsson, we
recently bought a flatter curved hook from this maker and without
doubt it is the best hook knife we have used so far, pure magic. They
tend to be a little more expensive than the Svante Djarve knives but
worth every penny. Ben Orford does an outstanding range
of knives, most of our bowl turning hooks are from Ben.
are many more knife makers that are worth checking out. All these makers
have websites, Dave Budd, Pinewood
Forge and Nick Westerman, are just some that we
know of. The Flexcut range of carving knives are good
for light carving and do have a place in carving finer details on spoons.
We will post a comment on any further knives we try.