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Carved apple ladle

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-17-2020 08:55 PM 451 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved a ladle from a piece of the crab-apple tree that came down in my yard in MN in 2013. The handle of the ladle was the bottom side of a branch on the tree, and was visibly rippled before I even cut off the bark, so I was pretty sure it would show some interesting figure.

Carved in 2020, so the wood was thoroughly dried and cured. I wouldn’t recommend that, except that the results look pretty darned good, and I managed to cut around the checks in the wood. I’m pretty confident this won’t crack now that I’ve worked it.

Cut the outside to rough shape using a turning saw. Hogged out the bulk of the bowl (it holds about 6 oz) using the Gramercy spoon bits in a brace. I used the 1 inch, 5/8 and 3/8 bits. Had one little oops near the front lip of the bowl. Removed more material with a Mora 164 with the stock edge on it. The outside was carved with the SPRAD knife and my spokeshave

There was a small crack in the end-grain in the bowl. I packed it with sawdust and glued it with CA glue. Most of the wood is straight off the knife, but the inside and outside of the bowl got sanded in the end grain to help make sawdust to fill the crack. Finish is food-grade linseed oil. It’ll get at least one more coat, but it takes about a week to cure, especially when you soak the wood with it as I did (that was how I measured the capacity of the bowl).

I may come back later and carve something into the handle (that’s why I left it as wide as I did), but I’m enjoying the look of the figured wood, too. It might just stay as-is. The plan is that this will be a user in our kitchen. I broke the plastic ladle we had about a month ago, and we gave our metal ladles to a women’s shelter in ABQ because my sweetie didn’t like banging them against the sides of her nonstick soup pot, so we went almost a month with no ladle.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 05-17-2020 09:18 PM

Real nice ladle, Dave. I always admire those who can carve anything!

cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 05-17-2020 09:24 PM

Thanks, Jim. I learned a lot on this one.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-17-2020 09:35 PM

very beautiful grain the that tree GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 05-17-2020 09:48 PM

Thanks, Tony! It was a cranky old crab apple, more than 50 years old. Lots of character in there.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-17-2020 10:25 PM

Mighty fine work Dave, Spoons and ladle’s not something I do well in. Great Job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 05-17-2020 10:52 PM

Thanks. I’m not convinced I’m good at it yet, but if I stick with it, I guess I can do ok.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 05-17-2020 11:04 PM

Nice to see you back at it, Dave. That sure is some purdy figure. Crab apple, hmm, havent seen one of those trees for eons. I seem to recall I ate some of those so called apples when I was a kid.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#8 posted 05-18-2020 12:04 AM

beautiful ladle dave that apple is incredible,the perfect use for it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 05-18-2020 12:06 AM



.... my sweetie didn’t like banging them against the sides of her nonstick soup pot, so we went almost a month with no ladle.
- Dave Polaschek

Nice job DP, however, you should’ve peeled off the non-stick coating and it wouldn’t bounce off the sides making the banging noise.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 05-18-2020 12:22 AM

Nice work, Dave – I had a crabapple tree in my front yard in virginia and carved a couple of things from trimmed branches. When dry, that wood is HARD!! You did well!

Claude

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#11 posted 05-18-2020 01:56 AM

Nice work, ladle looks great.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 05-18-2020 01:56 AM

Been at it for a while, Brian. Just seems everything is taking longer, but we’re also planting stuff for spring and cutting brush and such.

Thanks, Larry.

I’m pretty sure I’d be in trouble if I made the pots sticky, ducky.

Yeah, Claude. It was pretty solid, except in the bits that were surprisingly soft. I’ve worked with it making knife scales and a tankard so I had an idea what I was getting into, but this was my first time carving it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 05-18-2020 01:56 AM

Thanks, Tom!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 05-18-2020 02:03 AM

That ladle has so much character.
I love the shape and then the crabapple has so much figuring.
Great piece Dave. Its twice as cool because you will be using it.
Jon

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#15 posted 05-18-2020 02:37 AM

Thanks, Jon. To tell you the truth, I would rather have the tree, but it was dying of old age, so I’m glad I have something to remember it by.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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