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Project by Clung posted 10-20-2010 07:47 PM 1706 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This morning was my wife’s birthday and I gave her this spoon. It came from a piece of birch off the firewood pile and was finished with tung oil and a few coats of spray lacquer. It’s about 10 inches long and she loved it.

-- Clarence

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 07:51 PM

Nice looking spoon. My wife would have said “So you got out of spending anything on me this year, huh?”.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 08:14 PM

WOW no wonder she loved it, Its beautiful

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

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 08:21 PM

Seems no piece of woodworking is too big or too small for you Clung. Very admirable. Regarding value, that spoon is priceless. Please wish your wife a Happy Birthday from all of us!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 08:46 PM

Very beautiful deep bowled spoon. Really nice.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 09:20 PM

That is an awesome spoon. Well done.

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 10:21 PM

That’s quite a beautiful spoon. I wonder about your tung oil and shellac being food safe. Should you consider mineral oil (unscented)? That’s what Osageman uses for his utensils.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 10:47 PM

Cool one, nice job….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 10:56 PM

thanks everyone – mmh I do agree about the finish not being food safe – this was intended more as a decorative piece than one to be used. Spoons I’ve done that we use are simply just oiled with olive oil.

-- Clarence

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#9 posted 10-20-2010 11:23 PM

One excellent finish is flaxseed oil. Let it soak over a few days, and then dry for a couple of months, and you get a surprisingly durable finish. The hard part is waiting!

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 11:26 PM

Clung…Thats a wery nice work. Please post the other spoons you have made :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 11:40 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 11:46 PM

Beautiful spoon chung.A very nice shape and nicely carved. Are you sure it’s birch?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 10-21-2010 01:00 AM

I know what you mean rance – although after being married for 27 years my wife knows pretty well that I’m cheap! :^)

TheGravedigger – thanks for the tip of using flaxseed oil. I want to try that.

Napoleon – I haven’t made that many – and any nice ones I seem to give away. The plain old ugly ones find use in the kitchen…

stefang – Tung oil is my favorite finish, and it’s amazing what comes to life from an old chunk of wood. I’m quite sure it’s birch – this is the other half of the chunk it came from

-- Clarence

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#14 posted 10-21-2010 03:06 AM

Beautiful work

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 10-21-2010 03:29 AM

Nice work.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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