knives – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully Handcrafted Woodware Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:28:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Phoenix from the ashes Michael May knives http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/26/phoenix-from-the-ashes-michael-may-knives/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/26/phoenix-from-the-ashes-michael-may-knives/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 21:50:55 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20591

Sheffield has always been famous for high quality knives, now there is a new name to look out for and his work is very exciting. Regular blog readers will have been familiar with the work of Trevor Ablett and his death was a sad loss but I have great news.  Michael May is a young knife […]

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Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/02/27/spooncarving-knife-making-in-sheffield/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/02/27/spooncarving-knife-making-in-sheffield/#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:26:46 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19939

This week I have been making another batch of spooncarving knife blades, or perhaps I should say blade blanks as the bulk of the time in a finished blade is actually in the final sharpening processes. Anyway these are the blades at the first stage of bending, these ones are all right handers. I bend […]

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How to use a hook knife to carve the bowl of a spoon http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/02/09/use-hook-knife-carve-bowl-spoon/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/02/09/use-hook-knife-carve-bowl-spoon/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:35:33 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=17174

I make hook knives for spooncarving and teach how to use them on courses so thought it might be useful for folk to have a video of how I use a hook knife to carve the bowl of a spoon. I have broken the various grips I use into three basic grips which form a […]

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How to sharpen a hook knife for spooncarving http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/02/09/sharpen-hook-knife-spooncarving/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/02/09/sharpen-hook-knife-spooncarving/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:28:10 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=17171

I often get asked how to sharpen a hook knife for spooncarving so have had a video made. It uses cheap simple tools including something that may surprise you for the inside of the hook. Hope you find it useful.

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I love my job http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/01/25/love-job/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/01/25/love-job/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:12:39 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15154

I love my job. I make useful things that people get pleasure from using. Yesterday was spent making spoon carving knives, some would consider it boring repetitive work, putting an identical 20 degree bend in 750 blades. I get pleasure out of setting everything up so that it works efficiently, smoothly, precisely, with little stress […]

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making spoon knives http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/12/05/making-spoon-knives/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/12/05/making-spoon-knives/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:09:44 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=14924

For carving spoons you need a bent knife to hollow the bowl. Over the years I have been carving and teaching I have struggled to get good knives. For a while I was buying them from Bo Helgesson in Sweden and they were excellent but he does not seem to be making them now. There […]

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a few new spoon knives available http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/02/28/a-few-new-spoon-knives-available/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/02/28/a-few-new-spoon-knives-available/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:26:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/02/28/a-few-new-spoon-knives-available Sorry these are all sold now. I am keeping an email list of folk that want them, no commitment and no guarantee when they will be here but I’ll send you an email as soon as the next ones are in stock. I have been forging my own hook tools and spoon knives for 20 […]

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Which is the best spoon carving knife, hook knife? http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/01/29/best-spoon-carving-knife-hook-knife/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/01/29/best-spoon-carving-knife-hook-knife/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:47:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/01/29/which-is-best-spoon-carving-knife-hook-knife

I have posted before about the best axe and straight knife for carving and the third tool that is needed is the spoon knife or hook knife. Opinions vary enormously as to which is the best spoon carving knife, if you search the web you will find lots of folk vehemently arguing that this or […]

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crooked knife making with Jarrod Stone Dahl http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/08/26/crooked-knife-making-with-jarrod-stone-dahl/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/08/26/crooked-knife-making-with-jarrod-stone-dahl/#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:07:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/08/26/crooked-knife-making-with-jarrod-stone-dahl  I fell in love with the crooked knife 20 years ago when I watched Cesar’s bark canoe the most incredible wood craft film showing César Newashish, a 67-year-old Attikamek building a canoe with three tools, a cheap axe, a pen knife and a crooked knife. Apparently simple tools like these can often be surprisingly complex […]

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learning how to sharpen a knife properly http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/10/25/learning-how-to-sharpen-a-knife-properly/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/10/25/learning-how-to-sharpen-a-knife-properly/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:45:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/10/25/learning-how-to-sharpen-a-knife-properly Just finished an enjoyable 1 day knife and axe sharpening course. Sharp tools are  essential for any woodworker and one of the things where we maybe don’t always put in the time we should. Well today we put the time in. We started by looking at the sharpening systems everyone was currently using mostly a […]

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