Spoon Carving

Spoon 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.

What 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 wood for carving we first 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.

The next question we're normally asked is, what knives to use. Here are some of the knives we have used so far. Mora knives,no matter what you might read these knives offer you a good place to start to get a feel for spoon carving without breaking the bank. They are relative cheap at £25'ish per knife and with a bit of tweaking of the bevel the Mora 164 hook can be turned into a really nice knife. The Mora 106 carving knife is still 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 set of these knives and they are outstanding. Ben Orford does a fantastic range of knives and his website is worth checking out.

There are many more knife makers that are worth checking out. All these makers have websites, Robin Wood,Dave Budd, Pinewood Forge, Deepwoods Ventures, Nick Westerman, Temple Mountain Woodcraft, Reid Schartz and Richard J Weaver are just some that we know of. We will post a comment on any further knives we try.

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