More Green Woodworking

“I want to lead a revolution where we stamp out those plain, flat, store bought wooden spoons.”

− Peter Follansbee from Episode #3108 of The Woodwright’s Shop

Vive la révolution!

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15 thoughts on “More Green Woodworking

  1. I’m with you on this one. I am surrounded by orchards out here, so easy to get fruit wood. Wooded spoons are nice for around the house and to sell at your local farmers marker, if your fortunate enough to have one near you. Plus, you can make one from start to finish in just one sitting. Makes you feel good after a long project that takes sometimes months to find the time to finish.

    have fun.

  2. Oh……where’d you get your knives?

    I just attempted my first spoon shaped object last month, using some black birch I found in the woods while my family was camping in NE PA. I only had an axe, spokeshave and some gouges with me (everyone takes a small toolkit camping, right?) and I was craving a hooked knife by the end.

    I learned a lot from my first attempt. I picked a big branch with a nice hook to make a ladle, but the wood was thin so it is sort of a strange looking long thin ladle. I am still futzing with it so we’ll see – it may still have a life as a dry measure spoon in the shop…

    Next time will just be a serving spoon. I really enjoyed the freedom of just shaping until “it looks right”.

    • I got these knives from Traditional Woodworker, but the same knives are available from a few different suppliers. They’re made by Erik Frost of Mora Sweden.

      The 2″ Sloyd Knife
      http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/Laminated-Steel-Sloyd-Knife-2-Blade/productinfo/106-1600S/

      The Deep Curve Hook Knife
      http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/Deep-Curve-Hook-Knife-by-Mora-of-Sweden/productinfo/108-1830/

      I got these for the same reasons as you. We’re going camping in August and I wanted something to take with me. I figure with these and one of my hatchets I’ll be good to go. I had actually intended to get the Del Stubbs knives, but I wanted to have them for the trip in August, and because of the waiting list for the Stubbs knives, that couldn’t be guaranteed. So I went with the Frost knives for now. I’ll probably pick up the pair of Stubbs knives too at a later date.

      I need to find some greener branches or logs though. That one in the picture turned out to have been seasoning on the log rack way too long for this carving. I spent a lot of time working it yesterday and it’s really dry and hard now. Maple is not fun to carve when it’s dry :o. Still should make a decent spoon when it’s done, but it’s been slow going in the dry wood.

      • Thanks for the info!

        Have a good time camping! I found I had a less time to “play with wood” than I thought I would. Oh, and carving with waning light in the evening is tricky (actually, it looks great, until the next morning 😉

        (BTW, my reply should have said camping in NW PA – lumber country, where my wife grew up)

        • Yeah, I wouldn’t call it REAL camping. We’ve got a cabin, with ‘lectric lights and beds and a bathroom and all. So it’s basically a house in the woods :D. My kids aren’t old enough yet for real camping, though I’m hoping to introduce them to the tent next year if all goes well. This year my carving will be on the porch under the artificial “lantern” light, or on the beach by the lake while they are playing in the water, or by the fireplace in the cabin after they go to bed ;).

  3. Those look to be Frost knives, but I would have to suggest Del Stubbs knives: http://www.pinewoodforge.com/

    They work well, are affordable, and American made. All from a down to earth and easy to deal with small company. What more could you ask for?

  4. I can’t tell by the Lee Valley link, but based on the Missouri Trading Company link, it looks like the curved knife in the picture is the Swedish MORA Full-Curved Knife, Pointed Tip (K127), but with more of the curve of the Swedish MORA Full-Curved Knife above it (K126). Just an observation.

  5. Del Stubbs sells wonderful knives, curved and straight, at pinewoodforge.com
    – excellent pedigree, Country Workshops etc.

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