Carved Spoons

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Project by johnjoiner posted 01-01-2009 08:06 PM 3412 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The photos show the progression in my last four, with the most recent on the right. The three on the right are my best attempt at carving in the Swedish style taught by Wille Sundqvist in his book and by Fred Livesay in a class I took last summer. That style has a sort of keel on the under-side of the handle where it is thin just before the bowl of the spoon. The keel allows the spoon to have a nice profile and still be very strong.

These were carved with knives and a little hand sanding. The left three are of birch. The spoon on the right is about nine inches long, of cherry. All were finished by soaking in food-safe linseed oil.

Thanks for looking.

-- johnjoiner

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 08:30 PM

Man, I LIKE these!! I really want to try this but haven’t worked up the courage.

My first attempt was very primitive yours are so graceful and refined.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 12:04 AM

That Wille Sundqvist book is one of my favorites…I really like Swedish style carving…cool spoons!

Here’s a little “kasa” (cup/bowl) I carved in the Swedish style:

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 02:42 PM

Very nice!

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 05:54 PM

I’m with lew—- want to but not brave enough

These are wonderful!
(and I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again – I’d love to see a video or blog tutorial of how to make a spoon!!) :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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