Mors Kochanski – Try Stick
by Manse Ahmad
Mors Kochanski talks about his Try Sticks as an excellent way to practice and develop skilful use of a knife as a carving tool. It allows you to make a number of different cuts, using different techniques in a single piece of wood.
I find it excellent whenever I get a new knife, as it allows me to use all parts of the knife, and get a good understanding on its capabilities.
The best type of wood to make a Try Stick, is any straight grained and knot free wood. I prefer using Willow (Salix), Hazel (Corylus) and Lime (Tilia), although I have used others.
The ideal length should be armpit to finger tips and two to three centimetres in diameter.
A more detailed post on the different cuts will follow soon.
Tagged: bushcraft, carving, green wood, hand carved, hazel, knife test, Kochanski, Lime, spoon carving, try stick, willow, wood crafts