Spalted beech eating spoons

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My father in law lopped off a couple branches from a downed tree on his property for me a while back. I carve a couple spoons from a branch that I’m certain was birch. Smelled right, pale colored wood. I know a if spoon carvers use birch, but it just didn’t excite me. Wasn’t my favorite wood. So I let the rest sit for a while, but a few nights ago I split another branch open to find that this one was from a beech tree! It’s much nicer looking wood, and a bit harder too, I think.

I carved one eating spoon initially, and liked it so well I carved a second as similar to the first as I could. Made the handle a bit longer, it only because the first ones handle was shorter than I intended for it to be.

I roughed these out pretty quickly on by bandsaw, then did the knife work upstairs sitting in the rocking chair I finished building a couple months ago. My basement isn’t heated, and with the cold snap here in Pennsylvania it’s been a little unpleasant to work in. It was very relaxing to sit in my chair and carve while watching TV with my wife. Luckily he didn’t mind me making a mess in the living room.

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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 01:36 AM

Very nice. I need to try that, I have made larger cooking spoons of pecan but I sure do like yours.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 04:19 AM


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

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#3 posted 01-10-2018 05:59 PM

Very nice. I need to try that, I have made larger cooking spoons of pecan but I sure do like yours.

- Jim Finn

Thanks Jim! I’m still not completely sure if I like eating off of a wooden spoon, but they’re fun and pretty quick to carve. I hate how wood gets fuzzy after it gets wet, so I tried to leave the knife finish everywhere I could. I find wood cut with a knife doesn’t get fuzzy like wood that’s been sanded. I did sand the bowl to remove a couple of small catches I couldn’t seem to get rid of, but I started with 800 grit, then sanded with 2000 grit, and the spoon doesn’t seem to be getting fuzzy yet.

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#4 posted 01-10-2018 07:39 PM

These spoons are so nice and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-10-2018 10:49 PM

Nice work. Love the contour of these spoons.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 10:12 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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