Today, I finally made it down to the basement to do some practice carving, using the spoon blank that came with the carving kit.
While talking to one of my daughters about my mother’s request to carve her a mushroom, she had a brilliant suggestion.
Make a spoon with a mushroom at the end of the handle.
Well, that sounds like a great way to get my practice carving in!
The first problem was, kittens.
All of the kittens. 😀
Plus Beep Beep, of course.
It took several minutes just to open the storage box, and probably another 15 or 20 before I de-catted myself enough to get started.
The first thing to do was mark off the spoon blank.
It’s typically recommended to carve out the inside of the bowl, first, which meant I could finally break out the curved sloyd knife.
While fighting off kittens.
That… didn’t quite work out.
I realize I got a cheap kit, but I was quite happy with the other two knives when I first tested those out. The sloyd knife, however, seemed to be completely dull.
At one point, I figured maybe it was because I was using a different wood. My previous practice carving was on lilac, which I’ve read is really great to carve. So I tested one of the other knives on the handle.
It cut beautifully. You can see where I made a few quick cuts to start removing excess material on the handle. What little I got out of the bowl took a surprising amount of effort. Mostly, the curved blade wanted to just slide across the surface.
The kit came with a leather strop, suede on one side, smooth on the other, and a polishing compound. Which doesn’t work too well on a curved blade, at all, and certainly isn’t enough to create an edge, when there barely is one.
I have since brought it to my husband, and his significant collection of sharpening tools. He did some research on how to sharpen a sloyd knife, and while he was able to get an edge on it, it would be a lot easier to make sharpening tools out of dowel.
After I gave up trying to carve with a dull knife, I let the kittens go wild. The basement is nice and cool, but I think the kittens were enjoying the warmth of a human to crawl all over and snuggle into.
Until, that is, there was a mom available…
And what a good mom she is! Here she is, loving on Nicco.
As you can see, Leyendecker decided to get in on it, as I was taking the above photo!
He had ulterior motives, though. Nicco was blocking access to Leyendecker’s nip! LOL
Big Rig joined in, too!
While all that was going on, Saffron and Turmeric were crawling all over my shoulders and attacking my hair.
David had come downstairs with me and had jumped to the top of some shelves to get to one of the windows.
Then he fell into the giant plant pot I’ve got waiting for our umbrella tree.
I’m pretty sure his getting in was an accident, but he seemed to like it in there!
Even when I took the pot down so he could jump out, he wouldn’t! I had to tip him out. 😀
So, anyhow. That was my attempt at using the curved knife to practice carve a spoon. Hopefully my next attempt will go much better!