During bushcraft courses here in the UK and when hosting private tuition sessions there’s one concept above all that I find has the most impact on my clients proficiency with their knife.
In daily life we mostly find ourselves working directly in front of us, whether we’re typing a blog article or driving a car, there is a symmetry to the way we hold ourselves and hands rarely move away from our center-line.
However by moving away from working directly in front of us we can utilise the asymmetry to maximise our efforts in woodcraft. Holding the wood you are carving out sideways enables you to use your larger muscles in the shoulder, the upper arm, and even the back and abdomen. The benefit of these large muscles is they move smoothly, applying even pressure through your arm rather than the short and jerky movements that come from carving with your wrist.
This is the chief way that I hope to improve my clients carving abilities during our Itinerant Bushcraft Course.
I hope these two methods prove useful for you, as I mentioned at the top it is these systems that I find most greatly improve the skills of my clients during our Bushcraft courses.
A lot can be said for having a sharp, sensibly proportioned knife too. In general I’s suggest a knife with a blade as long as your palm is wide, with a Scandinavian grind and a simple handle.
The ones pictured feature in our shop.
I’d be happy to hear your thoughts on increasing fluidity with knife crafts in the comments below. And of course feel free to share article with someone you think might find it useful.
All the best