I also thought it would be a good opportunity for me to practise teaching spoon carving to someone who hadn't done it before.
It was good fun. I think Connor enjoyed himself - he produced a cracking spoon, albeit with a little help from me. In fact that was the hardest thing for me, to let him try the different techniques and steps that I showed him, sometimes struggling to get it quite right, and to resist the temptation to do things for him.
|Splitting off some waste from the sides|
|Shaping the profile of the bowl|
|The finished spoon|
And here's the one I did to demonstrate to him as we went along...
As an aside, I have also made a simple mask for my new Nic Westermann axe. I am very fortunate to have quite a bit of leather at the moment as my good friend Roger is the shoe designer for Ted Baker and he often gives me samples that he has had for shoes. This is football leather with a dimpled texture. I have also been looking at duffle coat toggle fastenings so thought I would try and incorporate one here.
|The textured leather looks a bit like shark skin|