In yesterday’s Guardian I read about an artist I had never heard of yet his work has just broken records at auction for the work of a living artist. Peter Doig’s “Swamped” instantly appealed to me in many ways. It captures the spirit of a natural habitat that I love. It is what I think […]
This new TV program by the BBC has to be the most anticipated craft TV show for some time. Potter friends were up in arms when the working title “Britain’s best potter” appeared last year asking how could any aspiring amateur deserve the title? Would it be dumbing down? Who could they possibly get as […]
What an amazing idea but before you ask no I am not about to do a daily spoon. This blog post is a comment on a spooncarving project that is getting a lot of coverage in the mainstream media and an attempt to fill in some background and credit the source of the idea. STIAN […]
Back in December 2008 I first blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. The Government funded Crafts Council has a limited remit for the “innovative contemporary” crafts leaving all of those of us making traditional functional work with no support or promotion at all. So it was that six years ago we had the first […]
This is Brian Alcock grinding one of my carving axes as they always used to do it in Sheffield. Brian is the last full time self employed grinder in Sheffield, the city that was once the tool capital of the world. 50 years of experience a great eye and a huge wheel running with water […]
COMPETITION CLOSED and the winner is……..Richard EadonSubmitted on 2015/02/13 at 7:15 pm an email on it’s way. Thanks everyone else for playing along. Would you like a gorgeous set of woodcarving tools for free? Well here is your chance. My spoon carving tools starter kit proved incredibly popular in the run up to Christmas. […]
If you are choosing an axe online it can be difficult to compare. I have many axes and wanted to share a comparison of the most popular carving axes alongside my own new design. Here are the Gransfors Bruks carving axe, the wildlife hatchet and my Robin Wood carving axe. And as a bonus I […]
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 […]
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.
I have just made some new videos for youtube starting with how to sharpen an axe, hope you find it useful, thanks to Sophie Standford for the filming and editing.