Back in the summer I had a go at carving a spoon , a couple of very simple crucifixes , a few nalbinding needles and a medieval lucet . My father and his father before him were great carpenters..I could never be that good ! ...but whilst growing up just watching in the wings so to speak , I also love wood ....the look of it ...the smell of it and am having fun with it in a more humble way....the way of whittling ! So , along with what I,ve seen my father do , I am pretty much teaching myself .
I have a simple sort of steel pocket knife which was easy to find in Wesley's hardware shop in Helston , it has replaceable blades , and folds up safely in my pocket .
I also invested in a treasure of a knife made by Ray Iles . It is curved for carving spoons .
In the photo above .
I am carving myself some jolly maritime thread winders in the shape of whales !
I make a little cut for the whale's mouth.... to catch and hold the end of the thread .It must all be smoothed with sandpaper and I really need to work on smoothing them some more .
I will use navy blue permanent pen to mark the whale's eyes on both sides Scrimshaw style...and give them a coat of " Traditional Treatex Hardwax Oil " which I bought online ...it brings out the beautiful natural colour of the wood .
How nice he would be wound round with blue thread , like a beautiful Blue Whale !
He looks a little hungry ! : )
I could make a "Stargazey pie" of thread winders ! Actually I need to make quite alot more to organise all my threads ! I hope you,ll be inspired to have a go at simple whittling . Keep warm ! x