Spoon, Bowl, and Bird Carving Videos

In-depth videos about wood carving tools and techniques.

French Spoon Carving with Jane Mickelborough and Elia Bizzarri
Two Parts, Totaling 4 Hours
Jane Mickelborough joins us from France as she teaches us to make a traditional Breton wooden spoon complete with chip-carving and wax inlay.

Bowl Carving with Dave Fisher and Elia Bizzarri
Three Parts, Totaling 9 Hours
From choosing a log to hewing, carving and finishing, Dave covers every aspect of the process with clarity and detail.

Fan Birds with Jane Mickelborough and Elia Bizzarri
Jane Mickelborough joins us from France as she teaches us to make traditional Scandinavian/Russian fan birds.

Spoon Carving with Peter Follansbee and Elia Bizzarri
Two Parts, Totaling 4 Hours 
The master of the ax, Peter Follansbee hews and carves a serving spoon and talks about everything from choosing wood to finishing the spoon.

Spoon Carving with Curtis Buchanan and Elia Bizzarri
Steam bent spoon blanks allow a higher yield from the log while maintaining strength. Curtis shows his process for bending and carving a spoon.

Milk Paint Finish with Curtis Buchanan and Elia Bizzarri
Curtis and I paint spoons and Democratic chairs with milk paint. This recording is called “Democratic Chair pt. 7” elsewhere on this website, but we spend as much time painting spoons as chairs.

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“That spoon carving video blew me away. You all need a TV show. I love the format, it worked really, really well I believe. There were good closeups and I liked how Curtis was watching the work and visible right there. It was quite meta.”
– Adam Tracy

A lot of tech: Four video cameras, a micro video camera, ATEM mini pro video switch, OBS broadcasting software, production lighting. Ian Strickland & John Parkinson, videographers; Roy Underhill, part-time videographer; Seth Elliott, moderator

GREENWOOD VIDEO EXCERPTS

Contolling a Split with a Froe

Choosing Splitting Wedges

Attaching a Froe Handle

SPOON CARVING with CURTIS BUCHANAN EXCERPTS

Steam Bending a Spoon Blank

Using a Drawknife to Carve a Spoon

A Hollow-Grinding Jig for Sloyd Knives