Well my thanks go out to Ryan Mooney for a whole world of resources for carving knives and other carving info he generously opened up to me. I felt compelled to share these with all of you because these are mostly truly dedicated small business/shop guys that don't get a look see when the branded guys get going with their marketing machine.
Some of you might know of these guys if so give them a plug if you have purchased from them because i am on the hunt for more tools and it would help me with making decisions if you have had a personal experience with any of them.
Check out this guys how its made video he takes you through the whole process of making a knife blade suitable for carving. Just a side note, at the prices he charges for blade only, its hardly worth even considering trying to make your own unless you really just want to experience the process and see how well you can do it. After watching his video i decided heck as much as i desperately want to experience making a decent blade myself, i would much sooner get on with carving ( a few spoons this time round).
Here is one i found myself ( dont laugh i do get somethings right on my own)
For North America here is one Canadian source i found for the Mora knives both straight and crooked or hook whichever you prefer to call it.
For a carving axe there is a range of swedish axes available at LV which is where i think i will be obtaining mine given they just down the road from me.
So far the one i have my eyes on is the Gransfors Swedish Carving axe.
Some more about various axes and how to look after them.
If you have other sources for this type of tool please add to the list.