Every Monday we are leaving wood out for carving at home.
Although the workshop is now closed, we have arranged with Hackney Council that we can visit the workshop once a week to prepare a supply of wood for isolating spoon carvers. Every Monday we will leave a box of spoon sized wood for anyone who’s carving at home to take away.
Please do not contact us asking if wood is left, the workshop is closed so we are not there on other days.
Please do not stockpile wood. We will leave wood out every Monday if we are able to. Make sure there’s enough to go around.
When the box is empty can the last person to take wood please recycle the carboard box and sign, so as not to create litter in Abney Park.
We’d love to see what you’re doing, please share your creations with us, Instagram @londongreenwood
Because of Covid-19 we know that lots of people are stuck indoors wanting to start working in wood. Whittling and spoon carving are an excellent therapeutic, productive, useful and creative activities and we hope it will bring all those benefits to those who take it up. However it’s even more important to stay safe when learning at home with no teacher to keep an eye on you, so we’ve written some brief tips for carving at home. Some of these things are obvious it doesn’t make them less important and frankly neither does it make you more likely to do them.
Sharpen your tools before you use them.
Don’t use a folding knife for whittling or woodcarving, even one with a locking mechanism is not fail safe. We recommend Morakniv 120 for adults and Morakniv Rookie or Scout 39 Safe for kids.
Do not carve with gloves on, or any type of kevlar finger barrier. Instead develop safe habits that protect your hands. We think that these kinds of finger guards are dangerous because they encourage bad practice. Instead develop safe habits that protect your hands.
These knives for kids have slightly smaller handles but are just as sharp. The most important safety feature of a knife for kids or young people is a blunt tip. If you have a knife that didn’t come with a blunt tip you can grind it off on a course sharpening stone, the kind that people usually have for kitchen knives. This will drastically reduce injuries, and can be done for adults knives too.
Find a safe space, other people and objects needed to be a full arms length away from you. Don’t work in a space where people, especially children, will be moving about around you.
Obviously whittling outdoors is always better where you can.
Whittling indoors is fine. Wood shavings (unlike sawdust) are clean and easy to sweep up, even on carpet. Just don’t walk through it in your socks or it’ll follow you everywhere.
Kids and young people should be supervised at all times when they’re using a knife. There’s a reason you have to be 18 to buy one. Arguably adults should be supervised at all times when using a knife.
Carving together is better, get into it with your household. Then your partner, family, flatmates won’t mind about wood shavings stuck to their socks and you can keep an eye on each other (see 7.).
Even one drink is too many, make a choice between booze and carving.
Carving green wood is easier because it is softer. The wood will dry quicker if it’s in small logs, has been split already, in near a heat source or in the sun, or a windy spot. You can keep wood in the freezer, this form of stockpiling is a long standing habit of many spoon carvers.
Whilst you are making something you can keep in wrapped up in a damp plastic bag in the fridge in between carving sessions to keep it wet. This is very successful for few days after that the wood will start to go moudly. You can still carve mouldy wood, the wood will be fine once it’s been throughly dried out. You can soak pieces of wood or unfinished projects in buckets of water to re-wet them, but especially for larger spoons, kuksas etc. anytime you soak the wood you are increasing the risk of it cracking as it dries.
Because of the Covid-19 outbreak and following the government’s announcement, London Green Wood is closed to all for the foreseeable future. Really hoping to be back in a few weeks time. Unfortunatly this also means the end of our wood giveaways for isolating carvers. Hope everyone’s got some projects lined up at home.
Abney Park is looking forward to hosting a day of fun at their annual Autumn Fair. Come along and enjoy a variety of arts and crafts stalls, second-hand books, tempting food and drinks for all, arts & plant workshops, kids activities and music in the chapel. Plus – fabulous prizes to be won on the Abney Park User Group tombola! Proceeds raised will help fund future activities at Abney Park.
For some days, jeweler artist Lucie Gledhill joined us at our outdoor workshop in Abney Park to work on an unusual green woodwork project. Lucie is one of the five artists selected for the biennial Jerwood Makers Open 2019.
Jerwood Makers Open was established in 2010 to promote the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena, seeking to support exceptional skill and imagination. It supports artists to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices. It looks broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging the boundaries of what has traditionally been described as applied arts.
The artists were selected from over 300 applications in response to an open call for self-directed projects from UK-based makers and collaborators within 10 years of establishing their practice. Each artist receives a bursary to support experimentation and the making of new work for this exhibition.
We looking forward to see the final work at the Jerwood Makers Open 2019 exhibition, from the 19th June to the 18th August in Jerwood Space.
Jerwood Makers Open 2019 19 Jun – 18 Aug 2019
Jerwood Space 171 Union Street, Bankside London SE1 0LN => Map
11th & 12th of May Wimpole Hall estate Cambridgeshire
The Bodgers Ball 2019 was held in the Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire on the 11th and 12th of May. Pre-Ball runned on Thursday 9th and 10th of May. As it was in the flat, ‘fenny’ part of the country, the year theme was Wetlands.