Little Weed Spoon

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Project by Brit posted 08-24-2015 11:27 PM 14351 views 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another little whittling project finished off in my hotel room with a knife and a couple of palm gouges.

Last week when I was away from home our sewer drain backed up. Luckily my wife noticed something was wrong and contacted the water company. When they lifted the drain and sent the camera in, they found that a root from a neighbour’s tree had found a way in through one of the joins in the pipe. With all the nutrients it could want, it just grew and grew until it was preventing the sewage from flowing away. Luckily for me, the point at which the root entered the drain was out on the road so it didn’t cost me a penny. They sent in their high pressure water jet mole thingy which chewed up the root and solved the problem.

So with roots on my mind, I decided to decorate this Lindenwood spoon with a simple relief carving of a weed with the roots reaching into the bowl of the spoon. It was a challenge to cut through the end grain of the wood between the roots using only the tools that I had with me, so much so that I’ve now ordered some miniature carving chisels to use on future projects.

Thanks for looking.

-- 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 08-24-2015 11:29 PM

That is so cool and interesting! Such intricacies

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 11:32 PM

Very Nice, I love how you take some tools and do woodworking in your hotel room!

-- Putty

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 11:51 PM

So basically you carved this with your mnd in the sewer. Nice job thought. You’d never know it was modeled after ….. Well, you know.

Seriously though the roots coming out of the spoon is a nice touch.

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

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 12:00 AM

Love it. Great work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 08-25-2015 02:00 AM

Very unique idea Andy, nice work!

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

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#6 posted 08-25-2015 03:38 AM

I liked the spoon, then I saw the roots coming out, and realized that this was truly special and unique. I had to show my wife….now she wants me to make her one, whoops.

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#7 posted 08-25-2015 10:22 AM

Thanks guys. I might do a few more variations on this idea in the future. I try to keep the amount of tools I take with me each week to a minimum, but this was frustrating to say the least. I’m looking forward to using the miniature chisels. I bought sets 1 and 2 of the Peter Benson miniature chisels made by Ashley Iles. Now I just need to learn how to sharpen them. I think I’m going to join Chris Pye TV and learn to carve properly before I develop too many bad habits.

-- 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 08-25-2015 11:06 AM

Wow beautiful work Andy!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 08-25-2015 11:46 AM

Looks great, what a great way to spend time away. The carving and extremely smooth and symmetric lines all around are very impressive. What would you say the biggest thing was to taking your spoons to the next level? Just more practice and developing the eye for it or something else?

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#10 posted 08-25-2015 11:58 AM


-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#11 posted 08-25-2015 01:20 PM

That’s a really good question Tim. I think it is a combination of things really:

1. Use a wood that is easy to carve and stick with that wood for a few projects until you know how it is going to behave under the knife.
2. Buy good quality tools and learn to sharpen them properly. Nothing frustrates me more than tools that don’t do what they are supposed to do.
3. Get to know and practice the different ways to hold a knife/chisel until you can switch between them without thinking.
4. Always pay attention to the grain and try to work with it wherever possible.
5. Stop and look at your work often from every angle to ensure you are keeping everything in proportion.
6. Get inspired. I regularly search the internet to see other people’s spoons and those I like, I store in a local folder on my laptop. Over time you can build up quite a collection and often seeing the work of others triggers an idea in my own mind.
7. Be patient with your carving and don’t beat yourself up if you slice off the wrong bit.

-- 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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#12 posted 08-25-2015 01:27 PM

Wow! Andy, this is a sweet spoon. It’s so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 08-25-2015 01:56 PM

”... simple relief carving…”; no, no it’s not. It’s spectacular Andy.

The shape alone is beautiful but the sunflower carving with its roots protruding into the bowl is fantastic. I can’t express how appealing it is to me. Just wonderful work.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 08-25-2015 02:19 PM

Andy, you amaze me at how you gain inspiration and then are able to execute it so well. Thanks for sharing :-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#15 posted 08-25-2015 03:03 PM


What an amazing bit of work. You can be really proud of that one.
“Developing bad habits” – now that’s funny. Looks to me like you could teach the subject.

Best Regards,

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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