My wife thinks I have a carving tool problem:


I agree; there are gaps.

A while ago she spotted an offcut of walnut from a chair build and decided it would make a nice egg rack. In the interest of having some input into the ever more spectacular baking that goes on in this house I have obliged.

Carving the egg cups

While I was carving I realised it would make a great beginner project. It teaches a lot about grain direction, slicing cuts and carving to precise layout lines. And it’s very hard to mess up. It can be done with very few gouges: I used a biggish number 9, a 10mm number 5 and a shallowish spoon gouge but you could do it with just the 9 in a pinch and you could probably sustitute various medium sized, medium sweep gouges. So long as the sweep is quicker than the curve of the circumference it will work.

Walnut is a lovely wood to carve, probably my favourite. When finished the grain can be absolutely beautiful.

Finish drying


I finally opened the last of the storage boxes in which I kept my tools during the workshop rebuild: carving gouges. That means that I haven’t done any carving for over a year. Whilst I’m a bit rusty thanks to the Boeshield the tools aren’t. The block of lime I use to practice new carvings has been sitting in the wood rack looking plaintive for several months. Finally I got round to planing it down to start afresh. It’s nice to know that any errors can so quickly be erased!


If it was stone it would be a clean slate. What do we call in in wood? A clean board?