birch dugout ‘canoe’ bowl

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With the weather being so torrential over Christmas and New Year a sensible diversion was to whittle something around the fire to take my mind off the howling winds and floods. This bowl is made from fresh, green, silver birch from a site overlooking the windswept expanse of Dartmoor.

The task was made quicker with the use of a new tool, a Hans Karlsson Adze, available from here for hollowing out the bowl. You can, of course use a spoon/hook knife for this but it is slower and harder work. Other tools used were a Roselli Axe, a Mora BK120 carving knife and a custom made hook/spoon knife. I would recommend getting your greenwood working tools from Matthew Robinson at Woodland Craft Supplies.

Here are some pictures of it. Down the bottom are the stages taken in making it.

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Here are the stages:

Splitting log with with either a froe, a wedge of a larger axe

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Rough out with an axe and hollow out with adze

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Using a carving knife shape the outside

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Using a spoon/crook knife shape the inside

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Start fine carving, decoration and refining handles and edges

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Finished, oiled bowl

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The woodland spot under grandmother larch I do most of my carving

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