Utensil Carving Advice Needed
I just started trying to make utensils from fallen maple logs. So far, Iíve just been doing spatulas. Iíve found that there are some tasks which I donít have the right tool for. I have an old hatchet, a carving knife, a couple cheap hand saws, a file, and some sandpaper. Right now, Iím working on a spatula blank, but itís way too thick (about three quarters of an inch). The file is too slow, and the knife isnít up to the task, but the blank is too thick to use a saw on. What tools can I add to my collection to help with tasks like this? Would a fine rasp be the right tool for the job? Or should I go with a spokeshave or a hand plane? Iím patient and donít mind using hand tools, and Iím a student, so Iíd prefer not to buy really expensive stuff. I know Iíll have to get some sort of spoon knife eventually to move on from spatulas. I definitely plan on trying to make other stuff, so versatile tools are good.
Thanks for any advice!