So moving away from the idea of making a string lathe with the children, I decided to have a session of making wooden spoons instead due to the fact craft here in Nepal seems very popular. Hidden in parts of the country such as here in Bhandara, Chitwan there are carpenters with a huge amount of skill alongside a a selection of locally made hand crafted tools.
My plan is to run through the step by step process of making a spoon, demonstrating the method of using chisels and other tools and discussing the type of wood needed to make the final outcome. To start with I wanted to test myself and see if it was possible to make a spoon with limited tools to what I’m used to at home (not using machines such as ban saws and bombing sanders). The test spoon seemed to be successful and I managed to complete with 1 G clamp, 2 carving chisels, 2 flat chisels, a saw and a hammer. The owner of VCC building helped out too, she showed mehow to use a Nepali knife, (a boomerang shaped blade with a wooden handle) this seemed to have worked successfully by shaving parts of the wood ever so slightly to discard the wood I no longer wanted on the finished spoon. After using the Nepali knife, I was advised to visit the blacksmith who makes them near by, and the local farmer who farms the rice field behind VCC has planned on taking me this Wednesday so I can learn the way of making one and hopefully finish one myself to keep.