August 2009


These are some spoons that I recently carved. Most of them are carved out of alder, one out of birch. They are finished with linseedoil org tungoil. These ones ar for eating and carved in Swedish style with a curved handle so they are very comfortable to eat. The bowl is carved 1 mm thin so it has a good “mouthfeel”, the bowls are so thin that the light shines trough them.

I first hew them out of wood with an axe and then I smooth them out with a knife and a crook-knife (also called spoon knife). I finish them with scraping steel and sometimes sandingpaper. Then drying, oiling, more drying…  and they are ready to use….


This is a picture of a small eatingspoon with my carving knife.


This is a spatula, coffeescoop and a stirringspoon. The coffeescoop is made out of hazelnut, sourced in my own backyard.


I went with my son the wildpark in Gangelt (Germany). Normally I’m not the locked up animal kind of guy, but these animals seemed to have quite some space and my son loves them. They have European animals that (once used to) live here in the wild. They have wild pig, bears, wolves and tons of deer. Here are some snapshots. As you see we had a lot of fun and in the evening Seba and I where really tired!

Carefull we bite

Carefull we bite, parents are responsible for their children, from behind a flimsy looking fence.

The tour guide

The navigator.

White Deer

White Deer….

This is a Lanz Bulldog, a well known type of tractor from before and until just after WWII, it is a 1 cylinder diesel engine with a flywheel. It could not only run on diesel but also on petrol and other cheaper and dirtier fuels.

Lanz Bulldog

Before the introduction of tractors like this German beast, there where lots of other transport types, also ones that where a lot more silent. Like these pulling horses, one of them has an alternative way of harvesting.


For those with less money there is another option, this dog cart. These dogs are specially bred for the purpose, this is a Bernese Mountain Dog. Dog carts are nowadays forbidden in the Netherlands, only exceptions are made for demonstration purposes.


Dogs where not only used buy farmers, De Dutch Post used dog carts for small package delivery until 1922. During the call to arms in WWI the dutch army had around 1200 pulling dogs in voluntary service. They where used for pulling Automatic gun carts, munition carts and tool carts. On the picture you see the only automatic gun of the Dutch army then, it is still in use but now pulled by a bike because of the dog law.


Not only dog where used but also goats, this particular one is very chic though.

four goat drive

In the end, nothing is better and muscle power, looks like a normal bike….


But I’ve never seen this before….

plow bike

If anybody has more info about this bike, I’d like to hear.

Most of the pictures are taken at “oude ambachten in Einighausen Limburg”