Having been running spoon carving courses for several years now this is the first where we managed three days without a single cut. Carving with knives is perfectly safe if you are careful and learn a specific set of safe efficient cuts. This weekend we ran a developers spooncarving course for folk who had some experience or had been on a previous foundation course.
Where on basic courses we priomarily use straight grained timber for these courses we start to use “crooks” or timber with a kink which gives more shape and strength to a spoon. I spent Thursday gathering crooks.
As with the last developers course on the Sunday when I ofer folk the chance to work on a range of different projects everyone wanted to make a kuksa. These small drinking bowls from the sami culture are delightful to hold in the hand and a joy to make.