Jonas Als – Woodturner and woodworker
Bowls and plates for Michelin star restaurants
Since growing up near the forest, Jonas Als has developed his creative talents and now works as a wood turner and craftsman. His workshop is situated on the coast of Zealand in Denmark, and that's where his bowls, dishes and vases take shape on the basis of his distinctive and stylishly simple Danish design tradition.
Jonas's designs have found a home in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants. The work he does makes stringent demands in terms of quality, and Jonas Als embodies this quality in his craftsmanship.
Take a short break from your day-to-day life and join Jonas in the countryside to watch him work.
Jonas's choises for his Tormek T-8 Custom
"This is my Tormek T-8 Custom, for the craftsman."
I start with the DE-250 Diamond Wheel Extra Fine. I use it and like it a lot since no truing is needed and it delivers a superior edge on all my carving tools.
The SVA-170 Axe Jig helps me to sharpen my carving axes, which is important since you always start by using the axe when creating a spoon out of a piece of wood.
To sharpen a hollow grind on my standard carving knife, I use the KJ-45 Centering Knife Jig together with the SVM-00 Small Knife Holder. The holder helps to clamp the knife and get an even bevel. It also gives you better control when sharpening the tip of the knife.
As I always create some carving details on all the pieces I make, I would also add the SVS-38 Short Tool Jig to sharpen my bent carving gouges.
As for accessories, I would definitely recommend the RB-180 Rotating Base! It’s a must-have and helps you quickly switch from sharpening to honing. Finally, to store all my jigs I would add the convenient TC-800 Tormek Case with the HTK-00 Storage Tray. And if I’m not storing my jigs, I can always use it as a nice box to carry all my spoons when going on a spooncarving trip.
By sharpening on the 1200 grit diamond wheel and finishing off on the LA-220 Leather Honing Wheel, I get a razor-sharp edge which is essential in my craftsmanship.