Monday, January 24, 2011

Spoon carving

On Saturday, I took a spoon carving class at Tillers International in Scotts, MI.  The teacher, Paul Rutgers, is a professional spoon carver and decoy maker.  It was a thrill to learn from such an accomplishing craftsman.

In my research, I found this extremely interesting YouTube video of a gentleman making a spoon by splitting down a log.  I may have to try this.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spear and Jackson paring chisel

I won this 7/8" wide Spear and Jackson paring chisel on eBay and it just arrived.

.  It is 3/16" thick at the top of the blade, 7 1/2" tip to the bolster and has an oak handle.
The Spear and Jackson logo, complete with crown, is in clear and readable shape, as is the cast steel logo.

I need to flatten the back, regrind and hone the bevel, then replace the cracked handle.  I'll make a traditional 18th century octagonal handle as I think this is the most comfortable style of handle.  I'll post pics when its done.