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  • #16

    Re: Starter set of carving knives?

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    Spoon carving = it's own unique tools and, of course, a spoon mule.

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=spoon...JhzsTbPRb-RWM:
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      Re: Starter set of carving knives?

      There are some excellent youtube videos on spoon carving. And if you two are really adventurous, you can make your own tools. I've made 2 gouges for spoon carving out of old spade drill bits. I have a simple charcoal forge I made myself (but you could do it with a propane torch and a couple firebricks from a big box store) an old ball peen hammer and a chunk of railway rail for an anvil.

      I plan on making a hook knife for myself as well.

      Here is a picture of the 2 gouges, I was experimenting with using them to add texture to a board.

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      And here are my first attempts at spoons, They are kind of spoon shaped, I've gotten better with some practice, and learning some tips from aforementioned youtube videos.

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        Re: Starter set of carving knives?

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          Re: Starter set of carving knives?

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          Originally posted by sophien View Post
          Thanks to everyone who chimed in on this topic. Much appreciated!

          After more prodding, I found out that my partner’s interest lies more in the spoon and small object carving than decorative rosettes, for example. Dug around the net a bit and learned how to identify old Marples vs Irwin, should I go the Kijiji route, for example.

          sophie
          I carve spoons & kitchen utensils.
          I use an old pocket knife, a hook knife and a garage sale gouge (for deeper profiles, like a ladle).
          The hook knife looks like this one
          http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...332,43393&ap=1

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          • #20

            Re: Starter set of carving knives?

            Tools for working wood sells some bent knives
            https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/...es_by_Ray_Iles

            There’s also amazon but I don’t know if it’s any good or not.

            https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0765...MQ3DNSVX01FHXX

            I like the shape of the blade and handle of this knive
            https://www.amazon.ca/BeaverCraft-Ca.../dp/B06XSB5YRL

            But again, I cannot comment on its quality.

            If I was starting from scratch I would probably order these
            https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/5269...SABEgKF__D_BwE

            As long as there is no rush. The maker is in the Ukraine.

            Nathan
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            • #21

              Re: Starter set of carving knives?

              Since some other people have shown their spoons; I thought I would show you the first cooking utensils that I made for my daughter's new apartment a number of years ago:
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              I roughed out the blanks with a bow saw; turned the handles on my old lathe; carved the backs with knife and spokeshave; then scooped the inside out with a #11 gouge and refined the bowl finish with a spoon scraper! The sealant/finish is walnut oil and the wood is scrap black cherry cut-offs from a furniture project. These were not sanded, just scraped smooth. The spoon bowels are approximately 5/8 inch deep for reference. I sometimes have just carved spoons too but I always use the same finishing techniques for anything that I intend to come into contact with food (decorative items need not be so smooth but it is important IMO to not leave areas where food can accumulate in tools intended for the kitchen).

              I think that there have been several reasonable options shown for spoon carving tools! The OP would not go wrong with any of them.

              Ken
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