Blog Posts - Mors Kochanski



Axe Felling

Felling in a mono culture of Ash with not even as much as a pigeons nest in it,  on the top of the South Downs earlier this week using the traditional axe & saw method, although the tools used, compared to those used in the past, would be consid...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 14, 2014

Bullroarer

Bullroarer made from some lovely seasoned Boxwood, hard work to carve, but the end result is worth it, makes one heck of a noise when it is spun around too.
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 14, 2014

Feather Sticks

Had a spare five minutes today, so decided it was time to practice making feather sticks, this one is probably the best of the lot, made form a piece of inch thick Hazel.
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Aug 16, 2013

First Show of 2013

Did my first show of 2013 today, it's not a big show or one that's particularity well attended, but it's one i really enjoy. I had a small stand at the event where i was selling a number of different items, from Gypsy Flowers to hand carved bowls,...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Apr 6, 2013

First Ember

Bit of a momentous occasion here today, when we got back from  the show we did earlier and had put everything away, we went out in the garden and started messing around with the bow drill, i got an ember, eldest got an ember, but youngest had never...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Apr 6, 2013

Hultafors Axe - First Impressions

It's been a few weeks now since i got my Hultafors axe and i thought i would jot down a few initial  thoughts on it, this post is in no way a review, as many people will know, i feel you cant review a product until you have used it for a good period...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Apr 4, 2013

Woods Bench

Made today whilst up in the woods, a simple, but effective bench from a fallen Oak branch and three logs. The branch is one that we took down from the tree in the immediate background a little while ago as it wasn't in the best of health and it wa...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Apr 1, 2013

Little, If Ever Used

The knife pictured is one that Adam from JLT Knives (sadly no longer around) sent me a few years back, it's one of the prototype knives that he made during the development of the  JLT Woodsman and if i remember correctly, this one was about the midw...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 23, 2013

An Old Friend

I was having a bit of a sort out of the knife drawer earlier today and 'rediscovered' my old JLT Mk1 Woodsman, i got this from Adam when he first started making knives and loved the knife and iu used it heavily for quite a while, but it always had on...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 19, 2013

Hultafors Axe

The latest addition to my stable of axes, a Hultafors Chopping Axe, 26 inch helve and a head weight of just under 2lb, with a 3 1/2" face, basically, it's the Hultafors equivalent to the GBA Scandinavian Forest Axe, but at a fraction of the cost...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 18, 2013

Winter Bites Back

As i write this a good section of the UK is experiencing winter biting back and giving us a good covering of snow, although, where im based, we have less than an inch of the white stuff, but it's still snowing. And just to think, last week i was w...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 11, 2013

Wetterlings Axe - Part 2

I made the time today to do up the Wetterlings axe i got on Wednesday and what a transformation it was. To start off with i coated the entire axe with paint stripper and let that do it's job, then once all the paint and varnish ahd been removed i...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Mar 1, 2013

Wetterlings Axe

Got this little beauty yesterday off my good mate Hugo on BCUK, the axe is a Wetterlings according to the sticker that's on it, but apart from that, i have no further details on it as to model or approx date of manufacture, it has a fifteen inch helv...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 28, 2013

Favourite Set Up - (At The Moment)

One of my favourite tool set ups at the moment is that pictured. There is nothing flash or expensive about the gear either, the axe is the one i recently bought back to life from a rusty lump of metal to a good usable tool at a total cost of £7.0...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 22, 2013

Long Handled Spoon Knife

I made this spoon knife a few months back from a Mora 163 Double Edge spoon knife, as i wanted/needed a spoon knife where i could apply more force and therefore torque to the cuts i was making when carving bowls and spoons. So, having made and now...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 20, 2013

Sunday Spoon

Small eating spoon made from Magnolia, this one has a wonderful cranked handle shape, which unfortunately, you cant really see in the photo, ive left this one fairly plain as the spalting in the wood is showing off some amazing grain patterns which w...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 10, 2013

Saturday Serving Spoon

Finished off one of the larger spoons i made a start on the other day today, it's made from Willow and features my now much favoured tooled finish. The photo shows the nearly completed spoon with a two pence piece for scale along side it, ive added a...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 9, 2013

Tuesday Spoonage

Just a few of the spoon blanks i roughed out this afternoon, all of these when finished will go up for sale at the shows i have coming up soon, from the top the woods used are,Willow, Willow, Hawthorn, Magnolia, Magnolia & Willow, now i just need...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 5, 2013

Sunday Spoonage

Couple of large cooking / serving spoons made from Willow, the two pence piece is for scale. The lower one of the two spoons i roughed out with the axe yesterday and today i carved out the bowl, along with the all the other spoon blanks i made yes...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 3, 2013

Saturday Spoonage

Made a start on a few more spoons to go into stock this afternoon, all are rough carved from Willow and still need to have the bowls carved out. There are a few spoon types here, including the big cooking spoon, the others are a mix of cooking and...
by Mark Emery - Countryman on Feb 2, 2013


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