Maximilian Neukäufler

Austria

Spoons? Why the heck?

When I got my first pocket knife at my 6th birthday, all stars aligned for myself to make about every non-lethal mistake with a blade you could think of.
Spending my childhood in the Austrian alps you’d find me roaming around the rivers and woods with my little Hazel bow in a loincloth… Yes… Loincloth… Making my own tools and gear, reading what I could and dreaming of adventures.

I was fascinated with distant cultures, epic landscapes and tragic hero’s.
My passion for knives and axes didn’t subside when I grew up but I wanted to further study and use them so eventually I discovered spooncarving and started my journey back when there was hardly any information available.

My path did lead me through studying archaeology and biology but all the while I lived all over the world from Brazilian slums to Japanese metropolises and Canadian wilderness to Austrian mountains learning and teaching martial arts, craft and soft skills while growing my knowledge about traditional craft like choosing and using leather, carving anything from canoe paddles to spoons using axe and knife and forging tools and knives.

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