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The Cookery Kit
I didn't take any how-to pictures about this because I did it before I started doing the blog. I started carving spoons last fall, as previously mentioned. I began using aspen branches and have since tried both spruce and pine. I'm not sure if I've said it before, but here in Colorado, my personal opinion is that the wood is crap. The spruce is knotty, the aspen is soft and the pine is just okay. Beyond that, as far as big timber goes here at 8,600 ft above sea level, those three trees are pretty much all that grows.
So I cheated on my cookery kit. I used some pine stakes someone was throwing out. Perfectly planed and smooth with a beautiful grain. I started shaping down the pine with my Snow & Nealley HB axe and moved quickly to my every day carry knife. It is a CRKT Full Throttle with blade assist. Not the sharpest knife I've ever owned, but solidly built and it was given to me by a very good friend.
As you can see, here are the results. The spatula is skinny, the fork is a spork and the spoon is simply a spoon. By the way, for the spoon I used a Mora crooked knife (previously mention in the spoon carving article) I got from http://www.bensbackwoods.com/ . If you're going to carve spoons, bowls or cups, it is a must. Plus, I think it was only about $15.00.
The pouch I made from leather. If you're interested in the process, see my "Crafting the Sheath" post. Pretty much the same process. This kit is good for the pack basket, but I'm honestly not sure how it wold carry in a back pack. You'd probably want real utensils. My only question is what I should finish the utensils with? If I used linseed oil, would it poison me?
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel....out.