Keep on spoonin'! #1: Tracking down the landscapers for mesquite

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Blog entry by RobDubs posted 03-06-2017 01:20 AM 979 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got into carving spoons a few months ago, and have been hooked ever since. It doesn’t help when you read Peter Follansbee’s blog, and you realize that the material to partake in the hobby is all around you. A few weeks ago, I was taking some cloths to the tailor. As I’m driving through the parking lot, my wife spotted some landscapers trimming some mesquite and says to me “looks like some good spoon wood!”. Excellent – encouragement from the spouse. I approach the gentlemen and ask them if they can section some pieces off for me. Looking at me stupefied, they agree, and I go home with some of the city’s finest, freest lumber.

I received some hook knives for Christmas, but after putting one through my thumb, decided to approach carving my spoons more in the fashion a la Paul Sellers – gouges and saws. Its a good approach as I hope to use some of the carving skills learned on the spoons on my other furniture projects.

This week I received a V-tool and large gouge from Hirsch tools. I’ve heard great things about the carving tools (mixed in with a few, “I can’t stand them” feelings) overall. The craftsmanship looks excellent, and they are very substantial. Aside from that, beautiful tools in my humble opinion.

I worked in my garage last night and this morning to finish my fifth spoon ever. The carvings on the side are just geometric figures to test the V-tool. There is no rhyme or reason to the pattern. The large gouge ate through the mesquite quickly, as it is still green. I do feel that working with the gouge is much more controlled than using hook knives.

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