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    Sloyd is an old Swedish method of teaching incorporating industrial arts in a holistic curriculum. Mora knives are basically sloyd knives. They use a lot of carving techniques that incorporate built-in safeties to prevent one from cutting oneself. I know about a couple of these like the chest lever grip, but does anyone know of a more comprehensive description of the carving techniques?

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    Interesting question. That is a potential topic for what I would see as a very cool book! When I was in the seventh grade in Northern Virginia, the wood shop (mandatory for boys in that grade) had a rack of Mora Sloyd knives with the hand tools. I'll bet that is long gone. For that matter I'll bet the wood shop is gone...
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    Sort of hard for me to explain in words. It's pricey but there is what I consider a carving bible. "Swedish Carving Techniques" by Wille Sundqvist.

    I finally could afford the book but unfortunately I naturally learned almost all of these different knife grips. You are correct that your body has built in safety stops for most cuts which is why they teach sloyd to 4 year olds

    I learned almost all the grips by carving spoons believe it or not. Have you ever tried that before? It forces you into lots of different holding/grip technique and how to use your entire body as part of the knife mechanics if that makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x39 View Post
    Interesting question. That is a potential topic for what I would see as a very cool book! When I was in the seventh grade in Northern Virginia, the wood shop (mandatory for boys in that grade) had a rack of Mora Sloyd knives with the hand tools. I'll bet that is long gone. For that matter I'll bet the wood shop is gone...
    That's super interesting. Today knives in the US are considered 'weapons'.... if only the masses realized their real potential.. we could build our own homes again
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    In our Downloads section, under tools , you will find three or four works on Sloyd. Here is one to start with.

    Elementary Knife Work 1906- Sloyd knife skills basic manual- some excellent skills and training exercises.

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    Go on the web and order:

    Teachers' Handbook of Slojd as Practiced and Taught at Naas,
    Containing Explanations and Details of Each Exercise

    This is actual Slojd instruction that has been reproduced from the original student textbooks and translated into English. It even has diagrams as to how to set up a Slojd classroom for students. I bought mine on the recommendation of Roy Underhill of the Woodwright's Shop from OPB. Very informative IMHO.
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    Ben Orford has a new vid out demonstrating 8 different grips.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Adahy View Post
    That's super interesting. Today knives in the US are considered 'weapons'.... if only the masses realized their real potential.. we could build our own homes again
    Yes, and if only our collective sensibilities hadn't become so warped that we see the destructive potential of an object before the constructive potential.
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    Cool

    Thank you for telling about the "sloyd" (spelling?) training. Can you tell me if this training is still part of the Swedish school curriculum?

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