What do professional spooncarvers do for fun? This is Fritiof Runhall one of the very few professional spooncarvers in Sweden. In between teaching 2 masterclasses in Edale we had a few days off with glorious weather. First priority was getting up the hill to enjoy the scenery.
I wanted to share this photo too, Fritioff sold many of the example spoons he brought with him to students on the first course (and me) So he spent the evenings carving more, here he is roughing out blanks with the axe by headtorch light.
After the second course my friends spooncarvers Steve and Barn stayed over and we had a day playing with tool design. Barn had a specific big spoon knife design idea he wanted to make and Steve and I were playing with ideas for more mass produced spoon knives. We had such a great time shame we didn't do a group photo but here is me bashing out some car spring.
A hook on it's way to be quenched to harden it, next stage final grinding and tempering.
A bunch of hooks, the tiny tight curve ones on the left are for making a smooth cut groove for making fan birds, Steve's latest new skill and he does them amazingly well.
When you get a bunch of skilled folk together who are willing to share skills freely and bounce ideas off each other the learning potential is great. We will have to do it again.