I wish I could start this series of blogs by saying that woodworking is ingrained deep in my veins with generations of craftsmanship passed down to me... But I'm sorry, it's a lot less fairytale story than that for me!
Green Woodworking really started for me about 5 years ago. I was sat around a campfire on a scout camp... it was the middle of the day and I had a few hours to kill. I just thought to myself "I'll make something cool!"
So that's what I did, I made a sorry excuse of a spoon. I didn't have a decent knife let alone a spoon knife.
That didn't matter, I made a spoon shaped object that I was proud of. I sat and carved for hours, so long in fact that the handle was so thin it was almost transparent... Yes it snapped... it did make good firewood though!
I don't have any photos of the spoons I've made over the years. 50% of the ones I've made, I've given away to one of the scouts or students. The other 50% go in the fire, or are returned to nature. For me, it's about the process, not the end product. Although One day I will find that perfect piece of wood, and I might end up keeping that one!
SO NOW I HAD SOMETHING TO PASS THE TIME ON CAMPING TRIPS, I HAD TO GET MORE CREATIVE!
You may recognise this photo if you follow my social media. This was the first kuksa I ever made and it wasn't even that long ago! This photo was posted to my instagram in May 2017. Before I made this, I only ever used a Morakniv Clipper 840MG (Companion) and a set of Carving Chisels for my wood carving.
The day before I made my first kuksa, I had a delivery at the Dead Zombie Office of Morakniv 164S Single-Edged Spoon Knives. This beauty of a knife made crafting around a campfire so much more enjoyable compared with using chisels. I can now make spoons in 20 or 30 minutes rather than a hour or 2 like before.
Not only did it make spoon making even easier, carving bowls or bowl like projects became possible. Such as my Kuksa pictured above. Before I got my hands on the Mora 164s Spoon Knife, I would have never been able to make such a project. However, I have since gone onto making several more, each better than the last. As with everything, practice makes perfect.
I think I'm going to end it there for Part 1. This blog series is simply my journey through green woodworking, and after the spoon knife it went a bit mad. I built a few things to help create more projects, but they deserve a post on their own so look out for the next post.
Until then, if you want to get your own spoon knife, pop over to the shop section, pick up one for yourself and start your own journey into the world of green woodworking!