Tiger Maple Spoon

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Project by redtail posted 11-20-2019 07:40 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A maple came down this past winter across the path to our summer camp in Maine. I cut it up for firewood and started splitting it when I found it was Tiger Maple. I could not just burn it so I saved a few sections.

This spoon is made from that tree.

I roughed it out with an ax and shaped it with a combination of gauge, hooked knife, spoke shave and straight knife.

This is the second spoon I have ever made and I think it is a big improvement on my first one.

After shaping the spoon I baked it at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Finished with Mineral Oil.

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 10:01 PM

Beautiful spoon. I love the shape!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 10:53 PM

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#3 posted 11-21-2019 12:14 AM

Fantastic! Only those who have tried realize how difficult it is to make a nice shaped spoon.

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

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#4 posted 11-21-2019 11:11 AM

[This may be a dumb question but I’m new at this] Why the baking at the end? If that’s to dry the wood, why is that not done before carving?

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#5 posted 11-21-2019 02:34 PM

Not dumb at all. I’ve never carved anything but I do like to find a few board feet of something special in a down tree. 350 is way higher than needed if the concern is insects, so ithe bake is probably to dry it out. I would think its easier to carve it while it’s still moist, at least I think it is for turning small bowl blanks.

Redtail, I love the form that you have gotten on this piece. It’s hard to believe it’s only your second spoon. Did you bend the curve of the handle, or is that a result of your carving.


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#6 posted 11-21-2019 04:14 PM

The baking may also be to help draw the mineral oi a little deeper into the wood, although usually a bout 4 minutes is enough for that.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#7 posted 11-21-2019 10:46 PM

I baked it prior to applying the oil. It is supposed to stabilize the wood so that it does not get effected by moisture. I think it is called catalyzation. I read about it in a facebook spoon making group. It chemically changes the wood to harden it.

I did the carving while the wood was green and boy is that easier than dry wood.

I did not bend the handle. I carved that out of the block. My first spoon was made from a 4/4 board so I did not have enough wood to allow for a curve.

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#8 posted 12-01-2019 03:36 PM

Great work on that spoon! It would become the wife’s favorite in our kitchen I’m sure!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 01-23-2020 05:38 PM

I gifted this to my aunt and refuses to use it. She just has in on display. Personally I think she is missing out.

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