Andrew Rouse Ceramics

Spoon Carving Tools

Remember- you can always remove more material, but you can never put it back. Knife work is where all the refinement of shapes comes into play. There are numerous “grasps,” as Wille and Jögge termed them, that allow great power in the knife work. To shape the outside of the bowl, it’s best to support the spoon on the edge of the chopping block. Jögge showed me how he creates a notch in the edge of the block to nest the spoon into while hewing this shape.

The line acts as the ‘ridge’, the thickest part of the knife. The blade should grow continually thicker from each edge to the line. I prefer a double-edged hook knife (so it can be pushed or pulled andleft- or right-handed), but you’ll also see single-edged knives.

Carving The Proper Hook Knife Handle

Choose a right-handed tool to cut away from yourself. Includes four right-handed profiles. Scorps are essentially right-handed gouges designed for carving areas where the full length of a gouge will not fit. Useful for hollowing deep, narrow cavities. Also includes a leather tool roll and a custom molded strop to maintain your razor-sharp edges.

Granted, it CAN be done, but if you want the bowl of a spoon to have a smooth finish then I suggest getting the best spoon carving knife (a.k.a. “hook knife”) to do it. Sandpaper will give you an excellent edge and on that account there’s no reason to change. I do however find it to be a little wasteful. A piece of sandpaper can only be used on a couple of tools before it’s no longer cutting steel efficiently. Sharpening stones feel like a less wasteful option.

Hook And Crooked Knife Woodcarving Sets

You can send us a shape/ curve and we’ll build the knife based on the prices below. Hook knives and straight knives with long handles and long, big blades. Aki Yamamoto, co-owner of Cariboo Blades, carving cherry and apple wood spoons. Spoon carving with a hook/ crooked knife and adze. Secure your work, put two hands on the handle and have maximum control of your cuts. We will make just the blades.

  • This hook knife is easy to find and costs about $40.
  • Left-Handed carvers should choose a left-handed tool to cut towards yourself.
  • Wood handle with stainless guard.
  • They’re ideal for sculpting organic shapes.
  • With a RH and LH of each, you can use a pull stroke and a push stroke from the same grip.

To hollow the spoon’s bowl, I use hook knives specifically made for carving spoons, but you can hollow your spoon with a carving gouge. If you have a band sander, mot of the “carving” can be achieved using that spoon carving knife tool, including the back and the handle. All but the bowl of the spoon. Not for the purist perhaps, but very efficient. A dust mask and vacuum is important, though. This will create a TON of wood dust.

The action is a pivoting motion from the heel of my right hand. The gouge travels a very short distance. The cutting is across the bowl’s face. With the spoon in my left hand, I hold the gouge in my right, way down on the tool’s shank. The heel of my right hand presses against the edge of the spoon blank; my left thumb reaches across the spoon to brace my right hand. I try to make the side view with something of an S-shape to it.

Again Spoons:

The blade of the woodcarving knife is made of high-carbon steel and is hardened to proper firmness. CUTTING EDGE is very sharp, which allows you to cut soft wood. The cuts are very smooth and shiny. The cutting edge of hook knives are durable to cut hardwoods such as oak or walnut.

Getting spoon blanks removes these barriers and gets you carving sooner. Round Carving Tool for Spoons, Bowls and Cups. Wood Carving Rounded Hook Knife Spoon carving knife. I didn’t put oil on the materials list because you probably won’t need to buy extra. If you happen to have walnut, sesame, flax, tung, or boiled linseed oil kicking around, use one of those.

spoon carving knife

The knives fit my large hands very comfortably and are a joy to use. I will be using these knives a lot this summer and fall as I carve some holiday gifts for family and friends. I hope my adventure has inspired you to give spoon carving a try. Or maybe all we did was learn a thing or two together.

Bushcraft Knives

The Morakniv Wooden Spoon Carving Set includes the Morakniv 120 Straight Carving knife and the Morakniv 164 Hook Knife. These two Swedish knives will let you begin carving wooden spoons, spatulas, spreaders, sporks, small bowls, shallow surface carvings and other general whittling and carving pursuits. The hook knife handled really well and I had a lot of control of the knife edge as it cut through the wood.

It has an internal radius of 0.5 inches which makes it great for carving any size wooden spoon. The 120 straight knife has a 9/16″ wide x 2-3/8″ long blade made from laminated steel. It has enough heft to do some rough work, while the tapered end of the blade allows for refining shapes and adding details. Overall length is 6-1/2″. Includes a plastic scabbard with belt loop.