Boxguy Goes To The Spoony Bin

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Pictured are some spoons I made this weekend. They are made of Black Cherry, White Oak, and Bartlet Pear. Mostly I make boxes, but this was a pleasant diversion from that.

The blank is turned on a lathe with a round handle and a sort of dumbell shape that becomes the bowl. The top and bottom of what will be the bowl are cut away on the band saw and then the bowl is carved with a chisel and the back is pared away with a draw knife, spoke shave, and surform tool. These were made from wood in my scrap bin. Hence the spoony bin term.

Having a shave horse to hold the spoon makes this job much easier.

I could use suggestions about what other shapes of spoons I might carve.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 05:08 AM

The spoony bin. You funny! Nice diversion Al.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 05:54 AM

You are off to a good start in the spoony bin ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 06:35 AM

Lovely. How about a spoon/fork set for salads? Or a slotted spoon for the pasta salad at the Labor Day picnic?

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 09:17 AM


Jumbo, good to hear from you. Don’t knock the spoony bin until you try it.

Toppa, hello, to you. To be honest about it I think I have always had potential as a spoony bin candidate.

Henry, thanks for the suggestions. You are making some really lovely cutting boards.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 11:28 AM

The extra length is gr8 for getting to the ice cream faster. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 01:11 PM

Nice spoons! Looks like you had fun with this project. My suggestion would be to make the handles more ergonomic, fatter, and more curved for the hand. The bowl can also be larger, rounder, more bulbous and organic in shape. Have fun with this!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 01:28 PM

Very nice stuff! I’m waiting on an electric draw knife and spoke shave before I can attempt anything like this. :)

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 03:41 PM

These looks great.
For more inspiration check out fellow LJ Spoontaneous:

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 03:53 PM

A nice change Big Al, nice spoons, those look great for stirring up a picture of punch :)

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#10 posted 08-11-2014 04:38 PM


You’re pretty good with the draw knife! Like your bench.

Wabi Sabi!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 08-11-2014 05:56 PM

Great lookin spoons Al!! I should try to make some never done that before.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 08-11-2014 06:12 PM

Now thats kewl, I never thought of turning them first, making spoons is on my bucket list with this idea it might get checked off sooner. sweet

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 08-11-2014 06:58 PM

Absolutely fantastic, and I love the method you outlined.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#14 posted 08-11-2014 08:21 PM


Roger, I like the extra length because I can get to the bottom of the churn can. That is always the best ice cream.

MMH, thanks for the suggestions. The spoons are pretty heavy for most people as it is, but I like your idea of being more ergomatic and bulbous. Good ideas.

Dennie, I plugged in my spoke shave, but the results were shocking.

JM thanks for the link. Great spoons there. What great creativity.

Blackie, thanks. My wife always accuses me of stirring people up so punching them might actually be an improvement.

Doc, good to hear from you. The shave horse really is a help.

Chuck, spoons are kind of addictive. So be warned. I have had fun with the idea.

Dug, you might work some glass into this, but I am not sure how. At the next posting I will include pictures of the process. Just wanted to post these before I gave them all away.

Jerry, I developed this method of making spoons when I was teaching high school. My wife and I got invited to so many former students’ weddings that I was going broke on wedding gifts, so I looked at my wood pile and decided to make spoons as presents. 30 years later, former students still come up to me and say they are still using the spoon we gave them.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 08-11-2014 09:50 PM

Nice spoons.

Google images for “carved curved wooden spoon”. Sample image below:

Short story:
Judy & I were in northern CA vacationing with our eldest daughter and went to a Farmer’s Market.
A guy there had a gorgeous bubinga coffee table, other nice work and curved cherry spoon.
I’m definitely an “I can make that” person but the particular work said I had to buy it to honor his work and help support him in his craft.

-- Gary, Florida

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