Cereal Killer

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 09-06-2014 06:55 PM 30589 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been meaning to upload the latest spoons for several weeks… and somehow just never got to it. Before I get too ‘backlogged’, I thought I had better get some of them on here

The first one I am calling FIRE BOMB. The handle is a fragment of cactus skeleton (Cholla) dyed yellow and red, the bowl is mahogany and the spacer is ebony and holly veneers.

BLACK AND FORTH is Gaboon Ebony with sapwood…. all one piece of wood.

SCAR I picked up in the Highlands area of NC while my wife and I were exploring waterfalls. Mountain Rhododendron.

YORK GUM BURL with LIVE EDGE is from a couple of pieces of wood I got from Australian Burls. Norm Sartorius had recommended the wood (and seller).

SERVICEBERRY spoon with CIGAR HANDLE is from Serviceberry wood (of course). One of my favorite spoon woods.

TULIPWOOD was a design I saw in a dream several months back…. along with this next spoon from TEAK. Am I really starting to dream about spoons? Sheesh!

BOTTLEBRUSH BARK with HEART is from a local ornamental tree. The idea was to carve a heart into the bark like you would find on a ‘lover’s tree’.. but the texture and scale of the bark threw it off.

CACTUS SKELETON with ACRYLIC is another Cholla piece. I just cut out the basic spoon shape from the cholla, wrapped the sides and bottom in clay…. then poured in some pigmented casting acrylic.. and after leaving that to set up, I cleaned it up a bit.

CORAL 2 is from the same specie of wood as the first… the ‘Shaving Brush’ tree. Fast and easy to carve… and very light weight. dyes.

This MAPLE spoon is not really finished yet. I carved it and my wife wanted some color… so I colored the flowers blue…. that was kind of ugly…. so I redid it in red… not as bad, but still wasn’t happy with it. I removed all of that color I could… but there are still traces… so I think I am going to hope for ‘third time is a charm’ superstition.

From the same board of maple is this CURLY MAPLE CHEF’S spoon…. which I really like the design of. This is a functional piece and the spoon bowl is shaped so that it can reach into that space between the bottom and sides of a pan or skillet. Feels really good in the hand, too.

This is a really long, skinny spoon of Surinam cherry….. I think maybe 20” or so.

A SMALL CEDAR SERVING spoon. Can never go wrong with this wood… especially with the contrasting sapwood.

This WEIRD SPOON is also from Surinam Cherry… a really tight grained wood. This piece had a couple of small, weird looking (burl like) protrusions that wouldn’t let go of the spoon.

This LIVE OAK spoon came about when a neighboring shop owner dropped off a piece of wood. The ‘skin’ is nicely texture and I look forward to finding a way to highlight that texture. Meantime though, I cut off this little branch to throw away but it had nice grain….. and I’m weak.

This MAHOGANY AND ACRYLIC spoon was an experiment (aren’t they all?). I used the band saw to cut a kerf down through the handle, backed out the blade and spun the blank around so that the ‘fingers’ on the handle cut be cut into without piercing the tips. I had planned to use ebony veneer as the ‘filler’.. but I didn’t like the spoon enough to invest that much effort. So… the acrylic was a short cut.

This HOLE HEARTED spoon is from another nice piece of the York Gum Burl. This process of cutting a kerf and back filling has some potential. In this piece… I liked it enough to go with the ebony veneer…. for a better effect.

Another RHODODENDRON LIMB SCAR from the ‘chasing waterfalls’ trip. I was supposed to be keeping an eye on the busy trail as my wife ducked behind the bushes to pee. I was a pretty good sentry until I spotted this branch on the ground a ways off. I don’t think she ever really bought my story about not leaving my post.

LOPSIDED LEFTY came from a burl like growth on a branch of the bottlebrush tree. It had a bunch of tiny ‘eyes’ almost having a dotted effect. I carved it green and allowed the edge to roll over as sort of a pour spout… if you are left handed. For us right handed folk… it is just plain clumsy.

WINGING IT started from this book matched set of large knife scales of figured maple. Two kinds of figure…. the curl or flame… plus it has this delicate ‘feathering’ figure just the right size for a spoon bowl. I stared at this wood for just about a year before I figured what it was. The ‘feathers’ are holly and I did a terrible job of sanding them out…. or rather, not sanding them out. To me, they look more like teeth… so I might go back in on this one and try to salvage it.

This is another weird spoon… SERVICEBERRY WITH BARK INCLUSION… There was a crack in the wood and some interesting grain around the crack so I just started carving away to see what was inside of the crack.

CEREAL KILLER is from a piece of pine I found in the NC mountains a couple of years back. At the bottom of a small dead tree (pine, I think) was a bulbous growth around the trunk…. maybe a burl…. I had previously made one spoon from it (HEART to HANDLE) and what I like about this wood is that it is two distinct colors. What I don’t like about this wood is that it gums up the burrs every few seconds. That is probably why it took a year or so for me to pick it back up.

FRATERNAL TWINS was another piece of wood I studied for a long spell. The piece of figured walnut was half heartwood and half sapwood. This is what I finally came up with. All one piece of wood….

LEFTOVERS was put together from a couple of scraps. Maple burl and walnut. I just used a French Curve template for the sides of each piece and made it as wide as the wood allowed.

FULL MOON came about when a collector had seen my CO-MOONICATION spoon made previously. Asked me to make a similar spoon from Macassar ebony and bloodwood to ‘match’ another piece he purchased (Antelope). I made the handle on this one wider (and more comfortable) and sort of comet shaped…. which allowed me to add some ‘stars’. The name of the spoon was inspired by the faces, which to me look like they are at odds (in more ways than one), kind of like.. there’s only room for one of us.

Reckon you gotta be ‘fed up’ by now…. so I quit.

As always….. thanks for having a look!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#1 posted 09-06-2014 07:07 PM

exceptional, as always, I love your stories and your spoons are fantastic! thanks for posting!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 09-06-2014 07:12 PM

Always makes my day brighter seeing your work. Great imagination in every piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-06-2014 07:25 PM

As always, I enjoy seeing your creations. Great work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-06-2014 08:17 PM

Hi I really love your work !
You have great skill and vision
Well done.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#5 posted 09-06-2014 08:52 PM

Thank you for posting these wonderful objects. I’m in awe of your skill and creativity.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 09-06-2014 09:40 PM

Very creative and a super job!

Makes most of the rest of us look like amateurs!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 09-06-2014 09:49 PM

Wow, those are among the most creatively designed spoons I have ever seen. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 09-06-2014 09:57 PM

Great post, great spoons. Adding colour and veneer to your creations works well. I’ve been looking in that direction lately, so I’d better get to carving PDQ. RH.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#9 posted 09-06-2014 10:34 PM

I like the title of this post :) Your work never stop to amaze.

-- Dave -

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#10 posted 09-06-2014 11:43 PM

Super clever and great worksmanship. I love them all.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#11 posted 09-07-2014 12:42 AM

Brilliant! collection of dreamy spoons. What an Imagination~
Wonderful work thanks for sharing!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#12 posted 09-07-2014 12:45 AM


-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 09-07-2014 03:08 AM

It would take me years just to come up with the clever names for the spoons, much less carve all those. (Actually, I’m exaggerating—I’m not smart enough to ever come up with the clever names!)

Thanks for sharing again. Your posts are always entertaining.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 09-07-2014 03:16 AM

wow terry you’ve really outdone yourself
Cereal Killer LOL – great title and spoon. So thats one piece of wood, and the darker section is the growth at the base of the tree? awesome.
Full moon and Winging It are my other 2 favs. Bravo!

& I love the concept for Fraternal Twins – amazing…

Isnt it funny how you try to throw out a piece of wood (like that branch), catch a glimmer of grain and just CANT bring yourself to do it?! HA HA At that point I will usually just make it into something right then and there…

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#15 posted 09-07-2014 03:57 AM

Great collection of spoons.
Thank you for showing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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