Now to work this into a ladle first I needed to split the bottom section and the side branch in half, then I cut it down to size and thinned the edge down with the axe.
Now I have my natural shape I work the piece with the axe more until it looks like a ladle.
Now I have my basic shape using the axe I can further work it with the knife and hollow the bowl with the spoon knife.
When I'm happy with it I let it dry and then do the finishing cuts. Holly has a tendency to go grey when cut green, so when it's dry I will go over it to finish it with the knife.
Now that it's dry and the finishing cuts are done I Mark out the basket weave pattern in pencil. I have been asked before to do a tutorial on chip carving and I can't find my video camera and my phone isn't the best. I will get round to it one day.
Once the chip carving is done I oil with flax seed oil
A natural bent ladle from a branch union.