Carving tools #1: A handful of carving tools - for spoons, mugs and so.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-10-2013 12:20 AM 9384 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A handful of carving tools
for spoons, mugs and so.

Since my workshop is closed for restore I am really low on tools now.

My wonderful friend Jamie send me a fine spoon plane and I just got a new little palm gouge, since I left my sweet hand forged one on the car roof and drove home one day…
Also I had an axe and a spoon knife in the basement here, so now I will actually be able to do a little green woodworking.

A handful of tools, knifes I have a bunch here (all self made), all sizes, here my favourite chopper.

Sheets: all cutting tools need protection, knife have its sheet, the new little gouge came with a fine leather one, cycle tyre and a hair band for the others, works really fine.

I like to change between a gouge and a spoon knife, then its not so hard on the arm and hand.
Now we will see where the new boy in town fits in.
(I’m retired due to a neck operation, that have left me with chronic pain in neck and arms).

Big smile!

I also bought me another sharpening stone.
A small pocket version I saw at Jamies place and fell in love with.
It’s really cool for the tour.
This diamond side is for the rough.

And this side to finish up.
Both sides are used dry.
(Even I spit on the stone out of habits and this keeps me laughing at my self).

And it comes in a fine little pocket holster.
I can highly recommend this little fellow.

Made some fresh staves so I could try the new spoon plane, it really takes some wood and seems really most like a sculpture tool.
Think it will take some larger projects like bowls, before it really gets useful.

The hand gouge can really dig out some wood fast and precise.

The spoon knife can when used right really leave a fantastic finish.

When I look at the blog now, I see it’s more a look how lucky I am post, but I guess that’s fine for once.
The truth is I feel happy and lucky.
In my mug carving: post I tell a little more.

I’ll try to leave some useful links, even we have so much good stuff here on LJ:

The Spoon Carving Website:

Woodworker HKL:

Nashville guitar maker:




The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 12:34 AM

Neat tools, Mads!

I have been thinking of making a mini knife spoon similar to the design you have. I hope it will work and I can temper the metal so it will keep an edge.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 12:38 AM

Mads there is always a tool kit :)
I always have my knifes & a saw in my wheelchair undercarriage
Never stuck if you have tools


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 01:06 AM

Spoon plane is very interesting, hadn’t come across that before. Looks great for bowls and chair seats and such. Nice tools overall, lot of carving fun to be had with just those.

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 03:28 AM

Nice tools Mads. Are you getting into making treen big time?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 07:03 AM

A very nice tool kit there Mads. I really liked that spoon plane. Never seen one before. Glad to see that you are getting in some woodworking even though your not back in your shop yet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 12:46 PM

Love the spoon plane Mads.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 01:56 PM

Lew, the spoon knifes are a gem, so go for it, otherwise you can buy them quite cheap from Mora.
Jamie, yes I saw that little cool tool pack on your wheel chair and love it! I usually have a bunch in the car, as well as a hammock and other stuff I cant live without…
Tim, a new one for me too, think it’s a winner for shaping, but time will tell.
Topa, what a wonderful word Treen, never heard it before. No I just play around as always, I want to try it all, to explore, learn, love live. ;-)
Mike, I was thinking I could bring the tools to the shop when I get back in and then sit on a chair in front of the fire making some shaves, while I wait for my stuff to come back in the new year.
Ken, Smiles.
Thank you guys, just a happy boy here making treen,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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