The Great Race

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 03-06-2011 05:35 PM 4471 views 17 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A certain number of years ago you were a participant in the most important race of your life. In fact, it was a race FOR life…. And there were millions of other participants with the same goal as you. Not only did you have to be fast…. your timing had to be impeccable! The odds against you were incredible, but somehow…. here you are! Who says you can’t win the lotto? So anyway, I call this spoon ‘The Great Race’, carved from wild apple (sapwood) and about 8” long (not to scale). A scroll saw would have toned down my impatience.

The ‘Zipper’ is from mahogany and horse chestnut, with a recycled zipper (I stole it from one of my wife’s makeup pouches). I’ve had the idea for a long time and finally had to get it out of my head. Not until after I made this did I figure out HOW to make it. So, one of these days I might make a similar spoon with the zipper in reverse and carved in cedar or bloodwood so I can call it ‘Busted Fly in Baton Rouge (red stick). I think this one would look better with gold leaf in the bowl but I’m done with it. About 9 1/2” long. Disclaimer: There is no implied association between the first and second spoons.

The ‘Eye Drop’ spoon is another good idea gone bad. The wood selection couldn’t have been much worse and the spoon turned out bulky for the hand. My wife says the ‘tear’ is way out of scale, but I already know that. If I do another I’d make the whole thing smaller (and thinner) and I would use something like holly. Also, I think it could be cool to use either dyes for the iris or something like the crushed turquoise. approx. 4 1/2” closed.

Thanks for having a look.

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

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 05:48 PM

WOW, you keep blowing my mind.


Fantastic ideas, the tear is a great idea too, keep at it till you’re satisfied. I like it like that though…..........

The great race is awesome…............

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

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Richard Alexander

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 05:51 PM

Very interesting designs. I think the great race spoon is incredible. I can hardly imagine a more challenging project. I see a hundred opportunities for a break. Thanks for posting.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 05:51 PM

Really really nice!!!

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 05:53 PM

I’m a fan!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 03-06-2011 05:58 PM

Sperm and ovum is ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL!!!! Love the zipper spoon- the perfect diet tool. So very creative you are!! I bet an obstetrician would love the “conception” spoon!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 06:03 PM

More awesome looking spoons. All are just too cool looking but really like the zipper.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 06:03 PM

And I can’t believe “I” won.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 03-06-2011 06:16 PM

Spoontaneous, I love your madness!!! Keep nurturing it! Eagerly waiting for the next spoon. I like your ‘crazy’ ideas!
They just blow me away into my boot room with new ideas!!!!
I guess you can say the first spoon was ‘viable’!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#9 posted 03-06-2011 06:20 PM

great work. great imagination

-- Kate,

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Heidi Neely

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#10 posted 03-06-2011 06:29 PM

These are mind~blowingly cool…....wowwwwww! I’m awe-struck at how completely awesome these really are!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#11 posted 03-06-2011 06:43 PM

I love your spoon collection.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#12 posted 03-06-2011 06:44 PM

I was just thinking I should try and incorporate more sperm into my projects…

Anyway, you’re very talented!

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#13 posted 03-06-2011 06:53 PM

They are amazing!
Full of imagination, full of life, beauty in the shapes – I’m touched in my heart and brain.
Thank you!
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 03-06-2011 07:17 PM

I love your stuff !

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 03-06-2011 07:40 PM

You’re wierd, and I like it ;-)

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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