I fell in love with the crooked knife 20 years ago when I watched Cesar's bark canoe the most incredible wood craft film showing César Newashish, a 67-year-old Attikamek building a canoe with three tools, a cheap axe, a pen knife and a crooked knife. Apparently simple tools like these can often be surprisingly complex to get working properly with slight differences giving a knife that works like a dream or one which is a near miss. A few years ago I started following the work of Jarrod Stone Dahl, an incredibly talented woodworker in Northern Minnesota, Jarrod makes birch bark canoes and snowshoes and has spent long hours refining and understanding the crooked knife. I had always wanted to learn to make and use one of these knives well and Jarrod also wanted to come to SPOONFEST so we arranged for him to stay on and run a three day course, it was fantastic. These are some of the crooked knives that Jarrod brought for us to try and to learn from.
Barn the spoon
Now we just had to make the handles.
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