The Crooked Knife
Here's a tool I had heard of but didn't fully understand its usefulness, the crooked knife.
Kevin Finney, one of Briar Patch's instructors, pulled one out of his birch bark basket and I recognized it as a crooked knife but didn't realize that there was much use for one until he explained how it can be used for shaping spoons and canoe paddles as well as removing material for a variety of other wood carving projects.
The crook at the end of the blade is used to carve concave spots in the wood and the straight part of the blade can be used to strip off material.
Old Jimbo's got a page on crooked knives here.
I've contacted a couple of custom makers to find out if I can get my hands on a left-handed crooked knife as the right-handed model Kevin had was essentially useless to me as I couldn't even figure out how to hold it let alone carve with it.
Thanks for reading,