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What are the benefits of spoon carving?
For those of us already started on our carving journey, the benefits of carving are numerous. But for the uninitiated there may be a little convincing needed. If you are looking to get a friend or family member into green wood carving then here are some reasons they should give it a go.
13 Australian Green Woods for carving that you could try for your next project
Whilst sometimes we just have to take what we can get our hands on, not all wood that can be carved is worth carving if you can make the choice. This article is a rundown of some easy to source Australian Woods that you might like to try carving - the good the bad and the ugly. 
Curly Questions with Pete Von Trott
Pete Trott is known for his beautiful Von Trott hook and sloyd knives. He is also an awesome spoon carving teacher and carver himself. When we first met Pete at a Lost Trades Fair in Sydney a couple of years ago I was instantly in love with his tools but also drawn to Pete who is such a friendly character with a great sense of humour. We love working with Pete and thought it would be nice to share a bit about him with the rest of the world.
Making A Tool Oil Pad
  Have you ever pulled your knife out of its sheath to find that is has rusted since you last used it?  It happens to many of us but it is avoidable.  Whether you have limited opportunities to carve or...
Curly Questions - Adam Ashworth
Adam Ashworth is the founder of Ash & Iron and we are so excited to have been able to pick his brain for Curly Questions this month. Adam is a green woodworker and tool maker. We first noticed his hand forged sloyds on instagram and are so very excited to have a small amount in stock for you.
Curly Questions - Rachel and Polly
Paul (aka Polly) and Rachel are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. I first met them at Spoon Jam when I purchased one of Polly's spoon mules. From there the conversation flowed and we have kept in...
Carving out time for Creativity
In the Wood Tamer house we all enjoy being creative in one form or another.  So at least one afternoon every weekend (ideally both days) we put down whatever we are doing and the whole family meets in the lounge room...
Sourcing Wood for Spoon Carving

When I began my spoon carving journey, I was enthralled with videos of carvers in the UK and US sitting amongst woodlands quietly whittling by the fire. Using Axe and Knife they carved out beautiful creations from Birch, Poplar and Sycamore.  Carving in Australia is a very different story. Our trees are known to be much harder than on other continents and the high tannins in our sap are more taxing on our tools.