These are the two knives your youngster needs for greenwood spoon-carving: the Mora Rookie knife & the Morakniv 164 Spoon or Hook knife. Morakniv is a reputable brand from Sweden, and one day we will have locally made knives too.
We stock the Mora Rookie knife as a this is the perfect choice for the novice knife user. The rounded tip and finger guard add the extra safety needed. The wooden handle fits nicely in smaller hands and the polymer sheath keeps the knife and user safe when not in use.
The Morakniv 164 Spoon or Hook knife is a suitable knife for greenwood carving spoons or bowls. They have recently improved the design of this knife. This knife has a single-edged stainless steel blade, and you need to choose whether you buy a knife for right or left hand use. The back of the knife is not sharp which gives you the possibility to use your non-carving hand to push the blade with your fingers from the back. Morakniv have optimised the blade to make it run more smoothly over the inside of the spoon or bowl. Improved edge bevels complete the blade and create an effective carving experience.
You can either come in and buy the knives in person for $97 from our workshop at the Toi Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre (in which case please do not place an order here), or you can order one online here for $107 and we will post this out to you anywhere across Aotearoa (i.e. postage & packaging are included in the $107).
Learning to carve:
Your options for learning how to use this knife to carve a spoon include teaching yourself with some help from experts who've made freely available films online like this old film series with Barn the Spoon, or this series with Jögge Sundqvist, or for a small fee you can access lots of amazing tutorials in Barn's Spoon Club which is very worthwhile. Or you could learn from someone in person and if you'd like to come to a workshop, we run beginner spoon-carving workshops frequently, and usually run spoon-carving for children every school holidays. You'll find dates for spoon-carving workshops here.
Knives do need looking after. We highly recommend learning to sharpen and care for this tool properly as a blunt knife isn't fun, safe or effective. You're welcome to come to any of the Sharpening workshops here that Douglas Horrell runs with us at our workshop at the Toi Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre. Or here's a good short tutorial with Barn the Spoon on sharpening a straight knife.
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