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User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 16, 2018 4:03 PM (UTC)

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After the #axe. I leave plenty of meat on a spoon with crazy colour and grain like this. Better to feel your way with the knife than go too far with the axe.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 16, 2018 3:27 PM (UTC)

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I do get a little bit excited when I find a piece of blackthorn like this... Just be careful to dodge the punky bits (see pic 2) that'll be the handle end which will end up a bit like a black and white feather. The bowl will be super colourful rings and looks like good solid wood.

Want to take a risk and buy this amazing unique eating spoon now? It's going to be £40 and done in a few days. Can't rush these things and it'll be my relaxation in between other jobs.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 14, 2018 12:02 PM (UTC)

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My sister comfort testing the chairs. @davethebodger Llangrannog arm chair v @redwoodchairs sack back Windsor.

I can't reveal the winner... but she is my sister so there may be a built in bias.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 12, 2018 7:00 PM (UTC)

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An update on the Cotinus spoon experiment. It's gone somewhat less yellow, probably more so than in the picture. This has been oiled, I'll give a couple of days now and then eat with it. I'm slightly concerned it's got a bit of a ring porous type of grain structure and may pick up a lot of muck into the open fibres. But it carved nicely and takes a lovely clean finish.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 12, 2018 11:00 AM (UTC)

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In the BBC radio studio with Anna King tweeting spoon pictures.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 12, 2018 9:59 AM (UTC)

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Heading into #bbcradio #gloucestershire. Spoons on the radio! With Anna King.
User Image johnfrancisdesigns Posted: Mar 11, 2018 12:27 AM (UTC)
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Prepping for tomorrow's carving class. Blanks have been cut, blades are getting a quick sharpening. Interested in taking a class? You can find my class schedule on my website, link in profile.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 9, 2018 1:59 PM (UTC)

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Latest adzquisition! A little adze from a local maker in Cardigan Ecoshop for £30. It's probably fashioned from an old hammer head.

This is not an adzing demo and the adze is not sharp. Its just me checking the swing radius and accuracy of the strike. I'm going to be making lots more cawl spoons with deep bowls and once this is properly sharpened and fettled it could be just the job. I'm happy with the feel and the weight.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 8, 2018 3:03 PM (UTC)

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I'm spoon carving on the radio next Monday. BBC Radio Gloucestershire. 10am-11am
1000 runs on the bunny hill
996 falls off the end of the chairlift
10 connected turns
2 runs down the Cut
2 glasses of beer with 2 good friends
1 lost phone
And all I got was this blurry, cloudy photo coming down the Skyride at 9:45pm 😂❄️
#snowboarding #bunnyhill #beginner #learntocarve #thecut #grousemountain #skyride #vancouver #lostmyphoneforhalfanhour #owmyquads
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 6, 2018 11:10 AM (UTC)
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Follow up on yesterday's Cotinus (smoke bush) experiment. It's still pretty yellow but it's also high tanin and takes an excellent black from a vinegar and wire wool solution (I was testing it on some other wood and thought well why not). So here we go black and yellow spoonage... could it be my next big thing?
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 5, 2018 9:23 AM (UTC)

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Risky pics, I may get in trouble for these but it looks like Fiona loves her birthday present!

So for those of you following the #woodenteacup story, it's been oiled (I use hemp seed oil) and the colour has darkened somewhat. It'll change again as the oil goes off over the next few days. We'll be able to test it out with a real cuppa next week. In the mean time it's just imaginary tea she's drinking (it's still Earl Grey though I expect).
A gorgeous spoon carved at Gamiing today! We can only imagine the beautiful spoons @layahfern will continue making. 🌳
#Repost @layahfern
The first spoon i ever did carve! Thank you for sharing your tools and knowledge @johnwager !
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 4, 2018 8:31 PM (UTC)

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And for my next trick. Last of the alder (and a bit of birch). Need to get into the swamp in the next few weeks for some new alder. It's along a stream on a farm near here but I don't think even the tractor would get in there at the moment.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 4, 2018 10:19 AM (UTC)

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I've burnished the #teacup and #saucer I painted yesterday and I'm excited to show you the first shots of how it turned out. Still needs to be oiled but the paint came up just like I'd wanted it to.

There's something very special for me to conceive and make something like this. It's the culmination of years of work to develop the carving skills, knowledge of materials, paint effects and visualisation required to imagine something and translated that into physical form.

I hope you agree with me that this is a beautiful thing. I don't know if it'll actually work for drinking tea, I can't try that for a while yet. But that wasn't the point. This was about pushing boundaries, doing something that I've not done except in my imagination and seeing if it's possible.

So there you go folks. I give you a Dave The Bodger alder wood and milk paint fluted teacup inspired by a David Leach fluted ceramic teacup from my mum's studio pottery collection. See the last photo for the original cup.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 3, 2018 5:47 PM (UTC)

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Fluted cup and saucer, hand carved from alder, with milk paint applied. Green over blue. It'll dry overnight and then I'll rub it back to reveal the fluted surfaces and facets.

What fun!
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 3, 2018 4:52 PM (UTC)

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That daft little side project again. The fluted wooden teacup and saucer inspired by ceramic by David Leach.

It's good to carve something completely different. Good for the mind, good for the hands and maybe even good for the soul (if I have one which is a different topic). Anyway it's also good to splash on some nice thick milk paint.
User Image davethebodger Posted: Mar 3, 2018 9:34 AM (UTC)

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Spoon carving course for folks who already carve spoons and want to improve. Focussing on making eating spoons that are both ergonomic and beautiful. Course runs in Gloucestershire, England. Sunday 18th March.

Cost £70. For details the link is in my profile.

Venue is either my workshop in Stroud or the yurt at Days Cottage Brookthorpe me Gloucester. Will decide based on weather forecast a few days before the course.