Jason A.Lonon~Wood & Iron Worker
These are wonderful tools for carving the bowl of a wooden spoon or any other hollow shape. They work especially well cutting across the grain of fresh green wood. Blades are O-1 tool steel. Handles are made from a variety of hardwoods including maple, oak, cherry and walnut.
The "Twca Cam" spoon carving knife is favored by production carvers for its exceptional balance of power and control. It is based on tools found across Europe, some of which date back to the Viking era. It is also handy for finishing the inside of small wooden bowls.
My carving hatchets are forged by two different methods. In the more traditional style, I start with either 1018 mild steel or antique wrought iron for the body of the axe and forge-weld a 5160 spring steel bit into the edge. In the more modern method, I use a solid block of medium carbon, alloy steel for the entire axe head. Options include single bevel for hewing, double bevel, and bearded styles. Handles are carefully selected ash or hickory, stained and finished with a penetrating oil/varnish mixture. Each one is hand crafted to give a superior grip and feel.
The bowl adze is one of the most elusive wood carving tools to get right. The angle between the cutting edge and the axis of the handle is critical to good performance, with blade length and handle length also part of the equation. My adzes are forged from medium carbon, alloy steel bar stock. My standard adze has an elliptical blade with a flatter sweep in the center and turned up lips on the corners. This gives a good combination of aggressive cutting and smooth finish. If you only have one carving adze, this could be it. Handles are hand crafted from hickory or ash just like the carving hatchets.
When I was a young boy I started using a drawknife to carve wood; nothing special, just a run-of-the-mill drawknife. Then my grandfather gave me a large drawknife by L. & I. J. White of Buffalo, NY. This tool had a broad blade and large comfortable handles that turned down.
What a difference! This tool was ergonomic and powerful, easily able to take a small shaving or a large chunk of wood. The scaled down copy I made of this wonderful tool quickly became my favorite drawknife, and I have used it almost exclusively to make the handles for my other tools. The unique cranked handles place your wrists in a neutral position and provide exceptional control with the bevel up.
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