Carving kuksa’s has been a very interesting journey for me, and I’ve been waiting for the right time to share my journey. He’s gotten olive tree wood from Italy (he stuck it in his suitcase), mahogany from Nicaragua (a gift from his aunt), and plenty of birch from the woods outside of Oslo. Whereas a furniture maker has to be concerned with warping as well as checking (splitting at the ends or on the surface of a piece of wood) spoon makers can ignore all but the most extreme warping and concentrate on avoiding checking. The perfect wood for me would be Straight grained white birch, now I just need to find a years worth of spoons in tree form! In this course you will complete a wooden spatula as well as a wooden spoon and a wooden ladle.
He ended up saving enough money to open his tiny shop in Hackney last year, from which he creates the spoons using timber harvested from Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. As I said earlier, the spoon is one of my favorites and it is a blessing and a privilege to be a caretaker for such a beautiful and lovingly made thing. Also, be sure to check the comments, where a reader also suggests this episode from The Woodwrights Shop for carving Swedish wooden spoons , where they also provide suggestions for the best wood species to use for such a project. One piece of literature regarding kuksa carving is that a burl is the only type of wood to carve a kuksa from that wont crack.
The techniques covered are applicable to greenwood carving in general, not just spoons. Adam will be teaching workshops on kolrosing and a second workshop on how to improve your carving technique using his methodical approach. Spoon carving is popular and class size is limited, so there are three classes this season – May 21, June 18th, and August 20th. Being a student in one of Wille Sundqvist’s last workshops in Sweden influenced his style and view about spoons and teaching. Great lens I can`t believe how intricate these spoons are but I love looking at the simple designs also. Germs and bacteria grow much faster on metal and plastic than on wooden kitchenware.
I’ve had pole lathe fever for quite a while, and I figured if I was going to make a pole lathe, I might as well document it and throw it up on the YouTube channel. Then you’ll move onto the traditional tools that are used for spoon carving, including an axe, carving knife and crook knife. Peanut Spoon ~ I was going to wrap it in peanut shell squares but they are harder to work with than I thought. If the spoon survives the process of its own making, it will survive for many years in the kitchen. The spoons in the lead photo (above) all started out with a piece of stock that was 3/4″ thick, and 12″ long.
I often make a spoon before I leave the workshop/studio at Carl Berner in Oslo, once I’ve finished my work. Draw the rough shape of a spoon on top of the poplar, including the outside and inside shape of the bowl of the spoon. The initial images are fluid and can evolve, sometimes considerably, anytime during the process of making the spoon. When your chipping /carving you will go as deep as the hole drilled and as far as the pattern (outside). Took me back to my high school woodshop days- I made dozens of spoon and fork sets, with the occasional salad bowel.