The axe has been used for millennia to shape, split and cut wood, harvest timber and much more! The axe has many forms and specialized uses but generally consists of an axe head with a handle.
A knife is a tool with a cutting edge or blade. Knife like tools were used at least two and a half million of years as evidenced by the oldwan tools. Originally they were made of rock, bone, flint and obsidian. Knives has evolved as technology has with blade being made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics and titanium.
The adze is a cutting tool shaped somewhat like an axe and it dates back to the stone age. Adzes are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking, similar to an axe but with the cutting edge perpendicular to the handle.
Wood is a poreous and fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. It is an organic material, a composite of cellulose fibres which are strong in tension embedded in a matrix of lignin which resist compression. In this section we will post pictures of trees (woods) that we use for carving
Our shop Branch Out was found in May 2015, by two friends Tedi and Eros. We started to carve in 2014 and by a few people in our life we were encouraged to sell our wooden spoons online.
The process of hand carving a spoon hasn't changed in hundreds of years. We are using only traditional hand tools, the one that used our ancestors. We are using those tools for two reasons, the first reason is because while you are making something you can feel the wood in your hands and hear the sound of the knife cutting through the fibers of the wood. It’s a really amazing experience, it’s like you are becoming one with the piece that you are working on.
Yes it's more time consuming and it takes more skill to be able to do something but once you make something the feeling of joy and pride is over helming and further more when you give your work to someone you care it's like you are giving a piece of your soul because you made it with care and a lot of love.
The second reason for using only traditional hand tools is because we want to eliminate the extra noise and stress out of our lives (which we couldn't do it with the power tools) and enjoy ourselves in the wilderness. We believe in creating beautiful works of art.
For us the creative process comes alive when we can mix the imagination of our mind and heart with the work of our hands. We are doing what we love, and we love what we are doing.