Palt skedar (dumpling spoon)

Teres’ mum asked me to carve her a new “palt skedar” (translated to English it means dumpling spoon).  I looked through my pile of split firewood logs and found a nice piece of Birch.  I haven’t carved any spoons for some time so this one took about 6 hours to make.

The traditional palt skedar has holes in it to drain water from the dumpling as you can see on the left of the picture below

but because Teres’ mums name is Anki I put an “A” into the bottom of the spoon.

Here is a final picture of the shape of the spoon from the side, showing the hook to hang it up with.



Flexcut interchangeable Tools

My third recent purchase was a set of interchangeable carving tools made by Flexcut.  I bought their quick connect palm handle and then from their range of tools selected four that I thought would be most useful.

Three are from their #6 sweeps and one from their spoon gouges range.

The handle is comfortable to hold and the blades fit securely into it.  I used them to carve this spoon out of a piece of Almond wood

and I tried to carve a cup out of a piece of Apple wood

The spoon gouge is the ideal shape for carving a cup but the cutting blade is only 7/16 inch wide and so it would take hours to carve a cup.  The #6 sweeps have wider cutting blades but the shape of the gouge is flat rather than curved and so they are not ideally shaped for carving a curved cup.  In the picture below the spoon gouge is at the front and the #6 sweep at the back

I contacted Flexcut to ask if they have a larger spoon gouge set or would consider making them for those of us who make cups but unfortunately like so many companies who have a potentially good product they did not respond to my query……UPDATE! Flexcut have emailed today (25/11/09) and it this time they do not have a gouge suited to making cups.

A friend who is an agricultural engineer agreed to try and re-profile the 1 inch #6 sweep

Firstly he heated it

and then re-shaped it

I need to sharpen and hone the cutting edge and I will then test it and let you know how I get on.

England’s Traditional Country Crafts – Bowls and Spoons

Recently I was involved (behind the scenes) in the filming of the first of a new DVD series about some of “England’s Traditional Country Crafts”.  The first of the series is about green woodworking and making bowls and spoons.

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The series is being produced by School House Studios and the presenter is Dick Strawbridge from such TV series as “It’s Not Easy Being Green”.

Filming took place over a weekend and began early on Saturday morning with making the finish touches to our camp

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Filming included the history and use of  a pole lathe to turn wood for furniture making,

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here Dick learns how to turn a wine goblet,

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and make bowls as demonstrated by Will Wall

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Eric Rogers and Sue Holden talked about the history and styles of spoons and demonstrated how to make spoons.

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There was lots of preparation for each scene; deciding on location and back-drop, camera angles, and who should say and do what

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The DVD culminates with a meal we had cooked using goblets, plates, knives, spoons, candle stick holders and serving bowls all made from green wood.

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The DVD is still in the editing stage but will be completed soon and will be available to buy via School House Studios.


Cup, bowl, plate and spoon

During the process of constructing the livestock handling facility I had to fell some trees, including this Birch


Using wood from this particular tree I have been busy carving


Notice in the picture above that I use my axe as a “bench stop” to carve against and I have a piece of Hawthorn as a mallet.

I have made a cup, bowl, plate and spoon.  The plate and bowl are inspired by a piece of work made by my friend Sue Holden.


As I carved the handle of the cup I found a fault in the wood making it impossible to have a usable wooden handle.  So using a lap joint I secured a piece of bone as the handle.