Thursday, 3 April 2008

Celtic Shaving

I got a load of fairly straight-grained sycamore recently and I've been having a go at a technique for making spoons where you firstly turn a shape . . .


Split it in half . . .


the one at the back had a bit of wild grain and hasn't split very straight.

Then carve out the bowl . . .


These were originally going to be salad servers! but they've come out looking more like scoops or kasas or kuksas.

I was shaving some spatulas afterwards and this amazing Celtic Shaving appeared - I've been fascinated by this kind of thing since I was a kid.

It probably says something in Arabic . . .

5 comments:

Robin Wood said...

Hi Robin,
I have seen a lot of spoons made from split turnings over the years and they have all been poor designs. Yours is wonderful. How much? I would like one.

TREEWRIGHT said...

Those in the photo aren't actually finished really - need a bit more shaping and refining.
Of course you can buy one Rob - how about £20?

Robin Wood said...

Great, I can collect when we meet at the Turners Dinner or the APT AGM.
Robin

Fenlander said...

Really nice work Robin. I would like to see them when they are completed.

mark said...

Hi Robin, excellent pictures of the spoons. I particularly like the way you've added some shape to the handle - great thinking batman. I recently had a go at making spoons this way as well and thought it quite promising - considering its my first attempt. I did them because it allowed me to take something to work on while I was away for a week - and it worked really well, just packed the blanks in shavings in a plastic bag and worked one a day. I was using birch . Thanks for inspiring me to continue and I will try to do a couple of decent ones for the AGM.

cheers

Mark