Strid Wood is about 10 miles from home, so every morning I get into my Land Rover and join the throngs on the road:
Strid is under the mist here:
I’ve been making bowls recently, practicing for when we take the big Birch tree down in our garden. I want to make a dough trough to commemorate the tree and my father who planted it some 30 years ago.
I made a carving block yesterday that holds the blank whilst gouging out the inside .
Doesn’t look much, but it makes the job much easier, especially if you sit down to work.
I’m also experimenting with a new knife,
it’s actually a hoof knife for farriers, but the pattern is much like a crooked knife used for carving inside bowl shapes:
The above isn’t really a fair test for it as the timber is casualty Balsam Poplar, supposedly no good for anything but matches, and very fibrous. It was also just about dry by the time I tried smoothing down the earlier cuts.