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  • 17.12.19 Posted By Nita

    Ben Orford showing the knives he uses for Spoon Carving

    LEARNING ABOUT SPOON CARVING FROM CUSTOMERS

    We have had quite a number of enquiries for our saws and axes over the last few years. And as you may know, when you checkout your purchase of a product on our site, you can’t actually pay for it. We call you back and have a chat to try and make sure that you get the right product to do the job.

     

    Quite a few of those conversations have been with people who are buying a saw for collecting timber, or making a cut in the spoon to stop the axe splitting the whole length when shaping. They have also been looking at some of the Silky small axes and some have even been buying some of our big axes.

     

    The video below is by Ben Orford and titled How To Carve a Spoon With Ben Orford. From what I have discovered on YouTube, Ben is well known and respected in the Spoon Carving community. After watching I can see why. The title picture is also an image from the video of Ben showing the knives he uses for whittling the spoon.

     

     

    CHATTING WITH CUSTOMERS

    Chats with clients have been quite inspiring and have made me find out a bit more about the very ancient art of spoon carving.

     

    Like any investigation of something you don’t know, sometimes it leads to enchanting rabbit warrens that you dive into and don’t surface from for days. Not saying that I spend all day doing it, but whenever there’s a spare moment, you find yourself thinking about what you have learnt and looking up another aspect of spoon carving.

     

    Which leads me to Zen. When you start your own search into spoon carving, you will find that the sites that really intrigue you have a story and a calmness. From blogs to youtube and even reddit. Of course I was particularly impressed with the use of a Gomboy on the Reddit post. There are over 90 piccies of his spoon from log to finished. This guy has only been spooning for about 18 months but has certainly got the bug.

    Silky Gomboy used in Spoon Carving

    BACK TO ZEN

    Some of you might be asking, “What is Zen really?” You have a vague idea about calmness, meditation and now is the moment, but what is a good definition? Of course Zen comes from the Japanese and you know that Silky Saws and Okatsune secateurs are created in Japan.

     

     

    Having visited Silky Japan a number of times, we have a bit of a fascination with the culture and quality of workmanship in their manufacturing. A lot of it harks back to their outlook on life and the Zen approach to concentration and being in the moment in their work.

     

     

    FROM THE WEBSITE ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT

    MUSHIN IS THE ESSENCE OF ZEN AND JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTS. MUSHIN LITERALLY MEANS THE “MIND WITHOUT MIND”, AND IT IS COMMONLY CALLED “THE STATE OF NO-MINDEDNESS”.

     

     

    Mushin is at the core of Zen and Japanese martial arts. It is a state of mind where the mind is not fixed on or occupied by any thought or emotion and is thus connected to the Cosmos.

    Silky Ono Axe used in Spoon Carving

    Silky Nata Axe used in Spoon Carving         

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Silky Ono Hatchet in single or double edge and the Silky Nata Axe 

     

     

    Talking about rabbit holes. Anyhoo, I discovered, when I looked at a lot of websites and videos, was that there were phrases such as “it is like a form of meditation when you are working on your spoon”

     

    THEY USE GREEN WOOD? When I first heard about spoon carving from a customer, I was quite intrigued. But I was confused because this client, when explaining about spoon carving, said that they used green wood. Well I have watched my father work with wood all my life. And from a small age, I learnt that most woodworking is done with dry wood so that the timber doesn’t warp, split and crack.

     

    From my journeys into the the rabbit warren of spoon carving, I have found that spoon carvers prefer to use green wood. It is much easier to work with by hand. It also teaches them a skill to work with the wood and the grain and to take advantage of the natural warp and woof of the branch. This skill grows over time as you carve more spoons. You become the wood whisperer and the wood starts to whisper back.

     

    I can’t say that I have experienced any wood whispering, but I have benefited from the tutelage of a child whisperer, and children definitely whisper back.

     

    AUSTRALIAN TREES FOR SPOON CARVING

    The other thing about Australian trees is that they are a lot harder than trees on the other continents. This knowledge doesn’t come just from my father. Back in the early millennium, representatives from Silky Japan visited Australia and wanted to learn about the trees and working conditions. They took back over twenty tree samples and more sap samples to see what their effects were on Silky Saws. These experiences have lead to changes in saw and tooth design as well as steel composition for saws manufactured for Australia.

     

    This quote from The Spoonsmith exemplifies Australian Trees for carving. When you read his post about Australian trees you find that there are gems to be found and ways to take advantage of them.

     

     

    “And then there’s Australia. And it’s trunk-load of trees. It’s trunk-load of twisted, gnarly, tougher than steel trees.”

    So if you have always wanted to tinker with wood, but didn’t know whether you wanted to invest a serious amount of money in a workshop, workshop equipment and tools… perhaps spoon carving would be the perfect entry point. For a couple of hundred bucks, you could have all the tools you need to achieve the serenity of The Castle. Or maybe you just want to be like Granny and enjoy some whittling.

    Sanding the Spoon

     MEMORABLE QUOTE

    One that really stuck was from a video The Simple Art of Spoon Carving

    “I tend to do it either sitting at night, I used to sit at night by the fire and just carve spoons and in the summer I sit on the back porch and carve spoons

    It’s a very meditative thing to do. If ever you’re watching someone do it you’ll find they could care less what you’re doing. And if you try to pull them away they would rather take one more cut. And that one more cut goes on for hours. It’s a very addictive way of working wood.”

    FASCINATING AND INFORMATIVE

    It has been a fascinating tour through the Wonderland of Spoon Carving and has made me realize why the numerous people I have talked with have been seeking quality tools like the Silky small axes and of course the saws.

    Now if I could just get Colin interested so that I could do a video of him shaping a spoon with a Silky Axe.

    I’ll let you know how I go.

     

  • 12.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura
    ATTENTION ALL CAKE DECORATORS How many times in your career as a cake decorator have you struggled with those cantankerous pieces of dowel that you need to cut for the support of your cake tiers? Cut fingers, broken hacksaw blades and splintered dowelling ends are probably only some of many issues with which you have had to contend. Here at Silky Saws, we are offering you an amazing solution to your problems- the Mini,Mini Wood saw. This little gem is not only ergonomically designed but is lightweight and can be used by both right-handed and left-handed people. This wonderful tool has been created in Japan and honed to the Japanese standard of sharpness. (Just think of the Samurei swords). It only measures 27cm and comes with its own safety cover so you will be able to take it with you when you go to cake seminars or workshops. The teeth are purposely flayed out slightly so that when you are cutting the wood, the diameter of the cut is a little bigger than the thickness of the saw, thus helping the saw not to become caught in the wood. One of the many benefits of this saw is that if, after much use, the blade breaks or becomes blunt ,a replacement blade can be ordered. These saws are colour-coded because they have different uses. The one you will need is the yellow one. The investment for this saw is a mere $29.70 inc GST
  • 10.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura
    TREE LOPPER OR ARBORIST

    Nobody in the arbor industry likes the term Tree Lopper, however everyone in the world knows what a tree lopper is.

    Like in any industry there are good and bad tree loppers in this industry.Read More

  • 10.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura

    Are you after a saw that can prune palm trees and reach high into trees or palms?

    Just as red cars go faster than other cars, Silky Saws go faster and more efficiently than other saws! This pole saw has ALL the qualities that a home gardener needs!

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  • 04.06.19

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    Posted By Laura Laura
    When Kath & I first moved in to our Woodford home, there were at least a dozen possums that constantly romped, bomped, banged and clanged all over our roof - we did have a lot of date palm trees close to the house then too, so these all used to be full of possums and bats. Nice to have wildlife around, but there are limits, especially when you like to have a bit of sleep!Read More
  • 04.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura
    When I read this, I had to ask myself why anyone needed an animal such as a fox when they were doing gardening or tree lopping. Once I saw the picture of the Silky Hook Fox, I was convinced that I didn’t have a clue as to its use.Read More
  • 04.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura

    When I was told that these saws were made in Japan, I knew that they were incredibly sharp, after all, the Japanese do make Samurei swords and most people would have watched that scene in The Bodyguard where Whitney Housten held the sword and threw a silk scarf in the air, only to have it sliced neatly in two pieces.

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  • 04.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura
    When I read this in our weekly newsletter, I immediately thought of the teeth in my head, which I thought I knew quite well. I am someone who doesn’t know the difference between a weed and a plant but my lovely boss thought that it would be a grand idea for me to write the blogs you will be seeing. I hope you will join me on this journey of learning about saws and gardening.Read More
  • 04.06.19 Posted By Laura Laura
    Who knew there was so much to learn about olives and what sort of saws are good to use when pruning olive trees. I don’t like olives and I always thought there were only 1 or 2 types of saws. As I said, who knew! Apparently, because olive trees are evergreen, they will produce olives all year round. Did you know that olives shouldn’t be eaten directly from the tree because they are extremely bitter? They need to be processed with brine before they can be eaten. All olives start off green and then turn maroon or black as they ripen.Read More
  • How often have you thrown out perfectly good money in the way of rotten vegetables? You bring perfectly good fresh fruits and vegetables home, stash them in the refrigerator and then wonder what the heck happened to make them shrivel, rot or go limp a few days later. Surprisingly much of the time, the culprit is the way you're storing them.

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