Small Serving Spoon

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Project by Brit posted 02-11-2015 11:41 PM 2703 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My job means I stay away from home Monday to Friday most weeks and recently I’ve been looking for ways to do some woodworking in my hotel room. This is my first project and also the first spoon I’ve ever carved. I roughed out the blank at the weekend with my axe and brought a gouge and a knife with me to have a go at spoon carving. I just designed it as I went along really. I liked the look of it straight off the tools, but I decided to sand this one. I was going to carve a design into the head of the spoon (if that’s what the top part of the spoon is called), but I quite liked the rising grain pattern so I left it alone.

On the way back to the hotel tonight I bought some walnut oil from the supermarket and wiped on a liberal coat with some toilet paper (needs must LOL). The spoon is about 300mm long and made of Lindenwood.

Phone photos only I’m afraid.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 11:59 PM

Very nice shape, Andy!
Love the keel and grain in the handle.
Just watch out, spoons are addictive.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 01:31 AM

Brit that is a beauty. Well done and a perfect way to occupy your time other than watching tv.
Very nice!
Terry is right I got the spoon flu two months ago.
daves spoon

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 02:58 AM

Beauty spoon Andy. Great use of your time and energy. Keep up the fine work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 04:33 AM

Nice work Andy, I like the grain patern coming together on the spine like that.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 06:56 AM

Spoons always seemed an odd thing to me, but hard to knock ‘em till you try ‘em!!

Good looking spoon though Andy the shape seems well thought out, gotta try making one, see what all the fuss is about.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 09:03 AM

Wonderful result on this spoon Andy. Very nice shape and so well done. Spoons aren’t that easy to do, so based on this one I would say you definitely have a talent for carving. I hope we see many more!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-12-2015 10:39 AM

Thanks for the encouragement guys.

Terry – I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I looked at the shape of the neck and the keel as you call it after I’d finished, I couldn’t help thinking of a Gibson Les Paul guitar neck. Maybe I should stick some frets on it and see if I can get a tune out of it. :o)

Dave – Great video. Love the pipe!

Jake – I felt the same way, but decided to try it and I enjoyed it. I love the fact that you can get a great result with just an axe, a knife and a gouge (plus a bit of sandpaper in this case). Spoons seem to appeal to people in different ways. There are those who follow traditional methods using only traditional tools, those who just keep making the same basic design over and over again, trying to work smarter and faster each time. Some people can create a basic spoon in under 10 minutes. There are also those who like to stretch the boundaries of what a spoon can be and their creations become a work of art rather than a functioning spoon. This in itself is carrying on a great tradition. In Wales, the carving of Love Spoons is a centuries old tradition. Young men used to lovingly carve a spoon from one piece of wood to give to their loved one. Symbols of love such as hearts, Celtic knotwork, bells and horseshoes were intricately carved to create a beautiful and lasting gift.

I guess the appeal is that ‘anything goes’ really. There is no right and wrong. Give it a go and get ya whittle on!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 02-12-2015 01:13 PM

Wow Andy, this looks really nice.

I have not carved a spoon a awhile now myself (Took a break for a bit) and believe me you can really get hooked on making them!

To get a haul of various branches someone just tosses to the curb, and now you have the eye and skill to know you can make a wonderful utensil from it, that’s always a lot of fun, and most of the time the timber is free!

Out of all the various woodworking I enjoy dabbling in, I must admit that I have learned more about woodworking as well as life from making wooden spoons.

Great job, I hope you make more.

Take care and thanks for inspiring!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#9 posted 02-12-2015 01:36 PM

Thanks Joe. I’ll definitely be making more, although probably not as many as you. :o) I want to try carving bowls too and finishing them off in my hotel room. You would have laughed if you’d been here on Monday morning this week. I turned up at the client site with my suitcase on wheels and my laptop backpack.

One of my colleagues remarked:
“Andy, why is your suitcase bigger than everybody else’s?”

I replied:
“Because I’m the only one who brings a log to work.”

Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer. LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 02:31 PM

It’s beautiful Andy.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 02:55 PM

Good on ya, Andy!
We need more people who MAKE things instead of just sitting in front of the tele.

Need any pine needles or reed or other basket making supplies? Basket making is great, calming therapy after a day in the rat race! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 03:01 PM

Definitely better than watching I love Lucy reruns!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 03:04 PM

Nice one Andy and I love your reason for making it to overcome the boredom of hotel rooms, cant fault you and what a good job you made of it will very little resources. Long time since I made any spoons but you have whetted my appetite, must have another go soon.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#14 posted 02-12-2015 03:11 PM

Don – Background noise was courtesy of NCIS re-runs. Seen them all about 4 times, but it still beats anything else on the box.

Bill – I hope you do. They’re sure to be good.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 02-12-2015 03:14 PM

Great way to while away the time when you are on a trip. I assume you are just travelling in the UK? All that hardware would get you into trouble with airport scanners!
Very nice spoon.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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