Monday, 13 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Friday, 3 May 2013
If you are passing near Wakefield, west Yorkshire then the Hepworth gallery is a great place to visit, a custom made modern building with contemporary art and a collection of the tools and work of Barbara Hepworth. I Studied stone carving while at University, immersing myself in the works of the early 20th century British Sculptors like Moore and Hepworth, Its been a long time since those days!
Photographed on the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone
(thanks to Nokia Conversations for the loan of this device)
I am readying some tools to thin out the soundbox of the harp I recently made, including a tool to get into the end grain at the top end of the harp and another to slice wood off the inside edge, Its more tricky working this way but the rewards will be a richer and more balanced instrument.
I made an extra long Olive Ash handle after the ones Robin Wood uses for my Bent blade,
This tool is used two handed and slices across the grain. Most effective on green wood!
Alongside this is another tool, a commercially available hooked knife by Mora. Still a few more tools needed to do the work I need to do. Updates in a few weeks!
Day Three was the consolidation of the other two days work, I didn't finish my second bowl but roughed it out to finish it later at home.
In this picture you can see the Hans Karlsson bent gouge, adze
and the Gransfor Axe I used. The very best kit and razor sharp.
Martin Hazell demonstrating one of the north American Indian Style Adzes by the Kestral company
This lightweight adze balances perfectly in the hand and makes less tiresome work
Kestral adze side view
Rough profile of double headed bowl
Some of the bowls made by the students on the course
My completed bowl
Robin's bowl carving course teaches you all the hand skills for splitting, cutting, hollowing and shaping
and the safe ways to do this and much more. For beginners to this way of working the Spoon carving courses are a really good way to start on a smaller scale.
I had a really enjoyable time in good company and in a fantastic location, just need sometime to unpack what I have learnt and how to use it. I now have a bent knife blade from Robin that I am making a handle for and using for a harp re-voicing in a few weeks so I will blog again when I do that!
Day 3 blog course summery taken outside Edale Village hall on the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone(thanks to Nokia Conversations for the loan of this device)
The second day was half spent finishing the willow bowl from the day before. We were taught different safe ways to use the Mora carving knives and two different strokes, One, the reverse hold I had not used before.
First bowl rough shaped, ready for push spokeshave and nordic knife whittling
Robin Wood demonstrating how to safely axe out a bowl blank.
I chose Lime for my second bowl which was a joy to split and work!
Day 2 blog taken in my tent on the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone(thanks to Nokia Conversations for the loan of this device)