Long spoons

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Project by daltxguy posted 12-28-2008 09:40 PM 2259 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s a story about how there were long spoons in Hell and it was impossible to feed yourself so everyone just fought using the spoons as weapons. In Heaven, they had the same spoons but they ate well and were happy because they fed each other.

Rimu, hand carved ( spokeshave, gouge chisel), lots of sanding. Linseed oil finish. These were gifted to some friends that recently came to visit me in New Zealand. They only fought about which spoon they wanted :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 10:18 PM

The one in the middle picture looks like it has a better grip for use as a weapon. Seriously, nice work there.

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 05:45 AM

You did a wonderful job! What kind of wood are they made from? Would oak work? You have given me an idea of a piece of log I have. Good Job!

-- David, Tignall,Georgia

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 08:02 AM

Hi rikkor. I was considering putting a knife edge on the side of the spoon making it a spife or a knoon. Thanks for your comments.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 08:21 AM

Hi David,

Probably not that suitable, but then depends on what kind of oak and what you had in mind. In general oak is too porous for things that might hold food ( spoons, bowls, cutting boards). It’s not generally used in woodturning either because it’s hard to finish with the open pores…but it is used for a lot of carving because it holds detail well because of its relative hardness, so it’s not to say that you can’t.

In general, tightly grained woods will work best( maple, birch, any fruit tree). I’m using Rimu ( Dacrydium Cupressinum), a NZ native which has yearly rings about 1/25” ( ie: 25 years to grow an inch). Unfortunately these trees which were typically about 2-400 years old when they were cut were wasted on building houses here but as these same houses are renovated( because we didn’t design houses to last 400 years unlike the resource used to build it), the timber becomes available again.

You’re on the right track though, because in the good old days, not that long ago, most items like this started out by being rived from a log, rough shaped with an axe or an adze and then drawknifed and spokeshaved using a shaving horse. I have yet to perform that whole cycle but I am in the process of creating the tools I need to do that.

Good luck with your project! I hope to see it here.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 12-29-2008 07:26 PM

Very cool. I’m going to try and do more old style projects this year.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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