Carved Walnut Scoop

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Project by Paul Mayer posted 11-29-2017 04:21 PM 1524 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this walnut scoop after seeing the design by a local carver. Something about the shape just drew me in and I knew that I had to carve one of my own. It’s made from walnut and finished with walnut oil. Thanks for looking.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#1 posted 11-29-2017 04:31 PM

Wow, that looks really attractive! Nice work Paul. I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that but so far, I’m just too busy. How long did it take you to do the carving?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-29-2017 04:44 PM

Thanks, John. I’m not a “real carver” in the sense that I normally use a bandsaw to rough out, a belt sander to smooth things over, and I only use the carving tools on the bowl. That makes things go a lot quicker for me. The rough surface on the bowl is one of the things that attracted me to the design, and it is one of the things that makes this a pretty quick carve. Leaving it rough is a lot easier than trying to make it perfectly smooth.

It took about 90 minutes to carve, then I let the walnut oil soak in overnight, and I buffed it out this morning.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#3 posted 11-29-2017 05:47 PM

Interesting with lots of texture

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 11-29-2017 09:03 PM

Thanks, Rick!

-- Paul Mayer,

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#5 posted 11-30-2017 01:10 PM

This is a beautiful utensil and you have done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-01-2017 10:41 AM

I like the textured look. What gouges did you use? Did you start from a flat surface down or did you figure out a way to rough down quickly toward your end result and then start carving?

-- Todd

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#7 posted 12-01-2017 12:27 PM

Thank you, Charles.

Todd, thank you. The two gouges that I used are marked Swiss Made 9/10 and 7/14. I’d estimate that they are 1/2” and 5/8” wide at the end respectively.

I traced the shape on top of a flat board, then used the two gouges to rough out and then complete the bowl. Then cut the outside curves on a bandsaw.

-- Paul Mayer,

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