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.
Here are the stages:
Splitting log with with either a froe, a wedge of a larger axe
Rough out with an axe and hollow out with adze
Using a carving knife shape the outside
Using a spoon/crook knife shape the inside
Start fine carving, decoration and refining handles and edges
Finished, oiled bowl
The woodland spot under grandmother larch I do most of my carving