Second spoon - cherry

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-19-2017 12:13 PM 1144 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second spoon I’ve carved from dry, well-cured cherry. Everyone keeps telling me I should be carving green wood or soaking the dry wood so it’s wet because that’s so much easier, but I’m having fun with these and learning a lot. I’m discovering that with dry wood, there’s absolutely no “cheating” with the grain, you’re either working with it or you’re fighting it and going to have a problem.

Started with a 3/4 by 3 by 16 inch piece of cherry board. Roughed out the spoon shape with a coping saw, then used an adjustable-mouth spokeshave and a low-angle spokeshave for the handle and outside of the bowl of the spoon, then a sloyd, a hook-knife, and a gouge for the inside of the bowl and where the handle joins the bowl. Compared to my first spoon, this one had trickier grain, but no voids. Getting a gouge made working the inside of the bowl a lot easier. Go figure!

Did no sanding at all on this one, finishing it with just edged tools, then three coats of food-safe linseed oil. Not quite as nice as I’d like, but I think I’m getting a lot better at “reading” the grain before I put blade to wood and get a tear-out that I have to come back and fix. I’m also getting quicker. This one only took about six hours, start to finish, though there are still a lot of pauses as I stare at the wood and figure out what I need to do next.

I hold the work almost entirely in the face vise on my workbench. I’ve started building a shaving horse / spoon horse which should make things go more quickly, but I’m also still taking breaks to look at the wood and figure out what I’m doing, so the extra time to wind the vise open and closed gives me a chance to ponder what I’m about to do.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 12:52 PM

Very nice Spoon

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 05:49 PM

Nice spoon.

An idea that may make things a little easier for the handle smoothing is; I put things I am trying to finish a round on in the vise and use a log piece of emery cloth wrapped as a full= crooked round and then not pulling to hard go for it.

Speeds things up a lot—USUALLY!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-19-2017 07:27 PM

Dave, this spoon turned out beautifully. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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