Every Christmas Mrs CragMasterCraig and I hand make wee extra presents for close family and friends. Usually home made culinary items - infused oils, bramble gin, biscotti, that sort of thing. In January I decided I was going to do something different - carve spoons for folks. Only thing is, I don't know how to do it
Well @Chris Grant messages to say a local course on spoon carving was coming up and I jumped at it, bought two of the 6 available tickets and persuaded Mrs CMC to come along too
The course was arranged by a really nice guy called Peter who is involved with a commendable enterprise called skill share: https://skillsharedundee.wordpress.com/ and he and Chris managed to get the talented folk carver Jon Mac involved. http://www.spooncarvingfirststeps.com/?m=1
Everything was supplied. We carved green (still wet / un seasoned) silver birch. Chris provided a number of knives he and Jon have collaborated on (the mini-mac and the MaChris) both in 52100 ball bearing steel and French walnut handles. Very nice to hold and laser sharp. There were beautiful made bowl carving knives (maker escapes me). And a wide selection of axes:
We then used Chris's knives to refine the blank following Jon's brilliant guidance and help where required. Once the shape was there the bowl carving started. This was particularly challenging as the knife is crazy sharp and the controlled cuts are often towards your thumb supporting the other side of the spoon
A very satisfying day with lively folk learning a new skill. I recon that after 5 hours today I will be able to practice and maybe even manage something that passed as a spoon all by myself. There was lots of knifey chat and sharp show & tell... I really enjoyed myself and so did the Mrs (also means I can fulfil some spoon gifts this Christmas)
PS sorry for the title typo, can't seem to fix it.