These are not my work but carved by students on a most enjoyable course this week. Having been offering spoon carving courses for some years now it was a natural progression to offer a bowl carving course but I was not quite happy with any of the techniques or particularly holding systems that I have seen other folk using in the UK, USA or Sweden. Having experimented quite a bit I settled on a carving horse design which was in part inspired by a video of a Finish clogmaker in the 1930s and they worked amazingly well.
Here are some pictures of the course, mostly the finishing off bits because at the earlier stages I was too busy teaching and watching to be taking photos. We run the courses in Edale village hall, it is not as pretty as some workshops such as Guy Mallinson's gorgeous woodland workshop but it is warm, dry, and short of funds so we are putting something back into the community.
Here is Tim having adzed out the hollow he is shaping the outside with the axe.
The notch in the end of the bowl horse allows easy holding and support for use of the push knife, we came up with various potential minor improvements for this bit of the horse.
Refining a hook handle with the straight sloyd knife.
And only last Thursday these trees were growing on the sides of the river Don in Sheffield. The Environment Agency decided to pollard them after the floods last year when trees falling in and blocking bridges added to the flooding problems.
The folk on this course booked up within a couple of days of us putting the dates up on the website last November and the October course booked up quickly too so we added one more bowl course in May which we currently have a few places left on. http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/carving-courses.htm