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Re: spoonfest

Postby davestovell » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:30 am

For anyone who couldn't make it to the amazing spoonfest, I have posted a blog with some photos at http://www.davidstovell.blogspot.com.
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Re: spoonfest

Postby bulldawg_65 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:01 pm

Hi Dave,
Saw your post on FB. Looked like an amazing time. Do you have anymore spoon pictures or technique photos? I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one interested in seeing them! :D
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Re: spoonfest

Postby davestovell » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Hi bulldawg. There are a few more on my blog post about spoonfest at http://www.davidstovell.blogspot.com . Unfortunately they are not of a very good quality as I only had my Blackberry with me, I had made a foolish decision to not take my DSLR as I was worried about the weather and the Blackberry was a very poor substitute. I will however make sure I get a good compact to take everywhere as I have missed so many great photos of some super spoons.
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Re: spoonfest

Postby davestovell » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:29 pm

Sorry, I must be tired as I am repeating my self (see my above two posts). :roll:
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Re: spoonfest

Postby ToneWood » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:31 pm

Thanks for documenting and posting that Dave (if you want to expand on Jogge's talk, I'm sure several of us would be interested ;), I particularly liked the decoration of his & Wille's spoons in your pics - also Nigel Leach's).
davestovell wrote:.. I will however make sure I get a good compact to take everywhere as I have missed so many great photos of some super spoons.
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I only use compact cameras. The Olympus Trip made me a believer (then XA1, then infinity, now D700 :D) The smaller the camera (inc. case), the more likely you are to carry it. The simpler the camera (think point-&-click) the more pics you'll take (took 200 last week w/o recharging the built in battery). Cheap can be a useful feature too - in case you loose it or get saltwater in it. My current Olympus digital compact cost <£50, on sale in Tesco last year (the bottom dropped out of the market with so many people opting for camera/smart phones) - it's brilliant! So much better than my wife's old Canon compact, which was highly rated by photographers but which ate batteries. The compacts are probably even better/cheaper this year. :)

BTW Samsonite (e.g. via Amazon) offers a range of decent leather cases with easy-access magnetic closures - possibly as important as the camera. (Warning: Sony products require Sony memory.)
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Re: spoonfest

Postby Sharif Adams » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:26 pm

Nice post Dave; here's one I wrote the other day. What a great weekend...

http://woodenway.wordpress.com/2012/08/ ... fest-2012/
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Re: spoonfest

Postby ToneWood » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:23 am

Really nice write-up Sharif. :) I particularly enjoyed the details on Jogge's talk and also the beautifully detailed decorative carving by Janharm with a (relatively big) Mora 106 sloyd knife. Having tried using a 106 for decorative carving myself, I didn't like it - I prefer a shorter, lighter knife. The Mora 120 seemed better for this task but the small, light Ben Orford pick & engraving knives are an absolute pleasure by comparison - but I appreciate seeing what is possible using that technique with a 106. There is something more..."hardcore"/"authentic" about using few tools*, e.g. one axe & one knife - but there is also something to be said for using the right/best tool for the job.

*Also handy when you are travelling and don't wish to carry a lot of tools.
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Re: spoonfest

Postby robin wood » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:11 pm

There are a bunch of photos and links to various blog posts with write ups on the spoonfest facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/spoonfest

These are my photos http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.co.uk ... hotos.html
and http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.co.uk ... hotos.html
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Re: spoonfest

Postby ToneWood » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:08 pm

ToneWood wrote:... I particularly enjoyed ... the beautifully detailed decorative carving by Janharm with a (relatively big) Mora 106 sloyd knife...
BTW did you happen to notice what he used to stain the decorative grooves? I've been using coal dust but it's messy & doesn't stick well (at least not in the grooves :D) and the grains vary a great deal in size.
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Re: spoonfest

Postby Sharif Adams » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:38 pm

Hi Tonewood. Janharm uses coffee to colour his engraving. He uses scrapers on his spoons to acheive a smooth finish. I was very interested in the subtle difference between that finish and a sanded finish. I imagine that his spoons will age much better and develop a nicer patina than sanded spoons as the scraper actually cuts the fibres of the wood. He boils his spoons in milk. The casein adds a lovely sheen to the wood as if it's been varnished. I had the impression that his spoons felt like polished bone; hard, smooth and shiny. They're lovely. During his workshop he told us his suggested procedure is to carve the spoon then 1) oil the spoon or boil in milk, 2) do the engraving 3) rub in the finely ground coffee.
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Re: spoonfest

Postby steve tomlin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:29 pm

My blog post of Spoonfest 2012 and a slideshow of photos.
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Re: spoonfest

Postby ToneWood » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:59 pm

I see Robin has a video from Wille Sundqvist on his blog wishing Spoonfest well: http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6QWxRnw ... r_embedded
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Re: spoonfest

Postby ToneWood » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:36 pm

Just got Robin Wood's newsletter. On his course page: http://robin-wood-gallery.blogspot.co.u ... urses.html I noticed this (for those of us that need lots of notice!):
SPOONFEST ... a gathering of everyone interested in spooncarving for a weekends fun, sharing and inspiration. Tickets will not be on sale for a while yet but it is a great weekend including free camping on site. It started out as a sort of pipe dream of getting all our favourite carvers together to talk spoons and carve together, it seems to have taken off into a genuine international event with carvers, collectors, beginners and fellow obsessives from Sweden, USA, Holland and the UK. The date for 2013 is August 2nd-4th. Full details at the spoonfest site here

http://spoonfest.co.uk/
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Re: spoonfest

Postby Shankar » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:37 pm

Getting excited already :P Missed last years but got tickets just need to sort out tent etc.
Need to get my spoon making up to scratch. Did Robin's basic and advanced courses 4 years ago but sadly have carved only a hand full of spoons.

Have wood, axes and knives so no excuses.
Did one in cherry today but struggled with the neck.Not the nicest piece of wood but lovely grain pattern (few knots as well).
Have some Sycamore and Birch which should be easier. Have also a piece of cedar -any good for spoons or is it going to taste bad?

I know some of the basic cut but can't remember the cuts I've forgotten.(the unknown unknowns)
Are there any videos besides Robin's that show details of cuts. I've got Jogge Sundqvist's DVD but the detail eludes me.
The logs I have are 1ft long by 8" diameter which I will split into wedges.
What is the best orientation of the spoon within the wedge. Spoon front facing the center of the log or front face parallel to the radius of the log.

Thanks

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Re: spoonfest

Postby robin wood » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:44 am

be good t see you Shankar when using larger cleft wood I nearly always either put the bowl facing the radial cleft surface or facing toward the bark.
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