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Bob #2

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07-28-2009 07:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question carving

I picked up a cheap version of this ladle on Sunday and was surprised at the level of skill involved in making one.
So the question becomes:
How would you go about making one and what tools would you use?
p.s. skip the painting as it’s a black art. (khokhloma) <g>


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#1 posted 07-28-2009 08:01 PM

Find a big tree. Cut away all what isn’t part of the ladle.

This looks a little mass produced.

Otherwise start whittling.

Good luck and enjoy.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 08:07 PM

Take some images, the top view, & the side view.

Use these as a pattern, sizing it to your liking.

Trace them onto some wood, & rough cut with your bandsaw.

Then carve out the shape, & spoon.

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 08:09 PM

This one is obviously not intended for every day use in the soup pot and with the paint it is hard to tell if the handle and cup are one piece of wood…I suspect not.
So, turn a cup and glue a handle on. Maybe use a screw or pin at the joint for extra support.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 09:37 PM

mahogany would be my wood of choice
Find a rectangular piece and draw the side profile and the top profile
take a fostener bit and hog out the bowl leaving plenty of machine stock
cut the sides off and retape the pieces and the cut the top profile
use my stationary belt and oscillating sander to get to finish shape, 24 grit to 80 grut
borrower my friends power carver and carve out the bowl
finish sand
spray with lacquer

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 10:10 PM

Made a ladle back in grade school, I think somewhere between 5th and 7th grade. Mom still has it in her drawer. If memory of multiple decades serves me right we did the rough cut from the original log with a hand saw, cleaned up the handle with a coping saw, rounded the convex bits with a rasp and cut the bowl of the ladle with a chisel and mallet.

(I went to a Waldorf school through 7th grade, such projects were normal.)

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 05:00 PM

Both Dans have good suggestions, but I do not think the wood is so important (assuming that you are going to paint it over like the one in the pic) and if thats the case then take linden wood or butternut or something soft which does not tear out so much when carving, Maple is wonderfull but really hard to carve because of its hardness. Mahogany, as Dan said might be good too, I have never carved in it.

The one thing that comes to my mind is to buy a proper spoon carving knife tool. Yes they exist. and they make carving hollow forms such as spoons and ladels much much easier.

Of course you could make such a tool yourself, but to start off with it might be just as easy to buy one.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 05:01 PM

ok I just re read the posting, you are not going to paint it, I would still stick to a softer easier to carve wood.
I think Kolwdwkr is makeing alot of carvings and such, you should ask him, he seems to be online alot.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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Bob #2

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 05:33 PM

Here’s a glimpse into some ot the steps:

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#9 posted 07-30-2009 07:03 PM

Learn something new everyday : ) Thanks for sharing the video !

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