Carving a Welsh Love Spoon

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Blog series by Brit updated 09-25-2015 01:05 AM 5 parts 24920 reads 90 comments total

Part 1: Designing the Spoon

08-30-2015 01:49 PM by Brit | 17 comments »

On my woodworking bucket list, I’ve always wanted to have a go at carving a ball in a cage and a chain. With this in mind, I decided to incorporate these elements into my next spoon project (This will be my 4th spoon). So I grabbed a suitable piece of Lindenwood and sketched out my design. I went through a number of iterations before ending up with this. However, while I was ripping down the two sides of the spoon with my saw, it occurred to me that a caged ball and a chain were ...

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Part 2: The Caged Ball

09-02-2015 10:00 AM by Brit | 18 comments »

In this episode, I show you how I tackled the caged ball section of the Welsh Love Spoon. I started by squaring the outside of the cage and transferring the aperture opening to the other three sides. I then marked the diameter of the ball on the other three sides, but whilst doing that I found myself wondering whether or not the ball Iā€™d drawn was the right diameter. After all I just drew a ball freehand along with the rest of the spoon. Should it be a certain diameter and if so, how big? ...

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Part 3: The Heart-Shaped Bowl

09-04-2015 09:33 AM by Brit | 9 comments »

Now it is time to carve the bowl of the spoon. Since the top surface of the spoon bowl needs to be lowered somewhat and I will lose my drawing of the heart, I started by roughly shaping the perimeter of the bowl so I didn’t lose the shape. I also transferred my layout lines to the side of the spoon because I didn’t want to lose them either. I will need to remove wood from the top, bottom and sides of the twisted stem section also to gain better access when shaping the under...

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Part 4: Carving the Chain Section

09-10-2015 09:45 PM by Brit | 27 comments »

I was going to do the padlock next after roughing out the chain, but once I started on the chain I was enjoying myself so much that I just kept right on going. If you remember, this is how the spoon looked at the end of the last session. Work on the chain section began by paring down each of the four surfaces to the finished width of the links. Then I drew the edges of the links on each of the four faces. Next I removed the four corners leaving me with a ā€˜+ā€™ cross-section and dr...

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Part 5: The Twisted Stems and Padlock

09-25-2015 01:05 AM by Brit | 19 comments »

I decided to tackle the twisted stem section in parallel with the padlock and I kind of jumped between the two as I progressed. First off, I drilled a hole all the way through the padlock. Then I pared down the thickness of the padlock to make it less of a cube and more of a rectangle when viewed from the side elevation. I probably removed about 3/16ā€ from the front and back faces. After defining the keyhole slot on the front and back faces of the padlock, I started to excava...

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