Ok last instalment of the marathon tutorial, and very pic heavy. I took lots of pictures today and when I looked back at them in chronological order it seemed I had skipped back and forth steps. This is because, for me at least, adjustments are made during the finishing stage which necessitate design refinements to achieve a balanced final shape.
Firstly I'll tackle the tricky transition area just behind the bowl. I'll show 2 alternative options for tidying up the fluffy torn grain, one on either side. Firstly with a straight carving knife work from either side into the hollow taking finer cuts.
Then 'feather in' gently with super fine cuts until the last rags are removed. This is best done choking up on the very tip of the knife and at a slicing angle if possible.
On the other side I'm scooping into the hollow with the spoon knife
Then carefully cutting upwards cross grain to remove the rags with a very light sweep.
Well we are working with a natural product here and unsurprisingly the handle has moved and twisted whilst drying. Luckily I have left enough material for this not to be a problem so I'll re straighten things.
Then another tidy up cut round the rim with the straight knife.
Incidentally I like to leave a fair bit of thickness on the leading edge as this is of course where all the wear will occur with use.