There was a lovely elderly retired couple, visiting from Texas USA, who had been recruited to prepare all the meals for camp and they did an amazing job of it - not least of all the sloppy-joe sandwiches and home made chocolate topped flapjack.
Anyway, the gentleman was quite keen on whittling and I saw him a couple of times, when he had time on his hands, take out a pocket knife and carve away at a little piece of wood. He saw the spoons that I was using for eating my meal with and was very interested and complimentary, so I decided to knock him up a quick spoon to say thank you for the fine food.
I found a semi-green piece of holly in the woods, that someone had used for a shelter building activity, and it was a nice crook so I thought I'd have a go at a small laddle.
I was quite pleased with the results, I didn't have much time so didn't finish it as well as I would have liked (since it was a gift), but it was not bad. I can only apologise for the poor quality of the pictures, but I only had my phone with me.
|I know this picture makes it look like it has a strange bowl shape, but that's just a chip on the stump behind the spoon.|
As you can see, it had some nice colour and grain pattern. I gave him instructions to wrap it in paper for a few weeks, then to oil it and the colour should come up beautifully.