Quick shot of some carved spoons

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I had to hurry to finish these. They are my first attempt at carving. I finished them 30 minutes before leaving for my inlaws house where they were being given to my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law as christmas gifts.

The top spoon is walnut. My first attempt at carving. I really had no plan. Just picked a scrap out of the bin aand started in with an Exacto knife using a hooked blade and a couple of gouges. It seems that walnut tends to flake if you are not careful about grain direction. After I got it shaped I sanded it to its final form. Swore that I would get better with the knife so I could reduce the amount of sanding necessary. Finished it with mineral oil.

The second spoon is basswood. Tried an old pocket knife that had been grossly over sharpened to the point that the blade has a slight hook to it along with a Flex Cut Hook Knife. After honing the pocket knife on a 3/4 dowel with some green honing compound it was pretty darn sharp. The Flex Cut knife was intended for scooping out the bowl of the spoon, but it wasnt all that effective. The sharp corner of the blade kept digging in to the sides. Basswood was much easier to work with and I didn’t have to hone my blade as often. Less sanding was necessary, but still more than I want to do.

The third spoon is cherry. Used the hooked pocket knife and a knife that was almst hoop shaped. The cherry wood was much harder to cut but still nice to work with if you pay clost attention to grain direction. The new knife was very handy for scooping out the bowl.

Fourth soon is basswood with a dark streak in it. Doing less sanding now. Getting better at honing the knves too. Also found a lot of helpful videos on You Tube.

Sorry about the picture quality. I snapped it with my blackberry just before packing them up.

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 07:24 PM

My first carving project was with mesquite…not recommended for carving although it was well recieved.
Like you said, you get better with experience. I visited a guy’s shop who does a lot of this sort of thing. He had a broken spoon handle (more of ladle really). He gave it to me to help me learn the shapes. I used some epoxy and glued it back together…I kept it instead of giving it away.

Agree that basswood is the easiest to carve. I also carved some white oak, another wood that I recommend avoiding. Nice spoons!!

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 09:01 PM

Nice spoons.

If you’re still looking for a good spoon for the bowls, I recommend the spoons from Pinewood Forge. I have his slojd and (right-handed) hook knives and really like them. So far I’ve used them on birch and cherry and they hold the edge nicely. The site also has some good links to spoon photos.

I have no relation to Pinewood Forge except living in the same state.

-- johnjoiner

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 11:50 PM

A nice carving job with the spoons.

When carving, no matter what kind of wood, you have to watch the grain direction to avoid digging, & chip out.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-12-2009 05:59 AM

Good job on your spoons, they demonstrate a lot of imagination. I know the walnut was tough, done a few myself. My favorite wood to work in is cherry. Anyway, good work, hope to see more of your work in the future.

-- Spoonman

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