My first spoon...

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Project by skone posted 04-02-2012 02:08 AM 1492 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve been all over the place with the wood these days. Making a bunch of stools and such for a little cash but also hot on the learning curve with the lathe and getting the hang of turning bowls.

Spoons seemed to go with bowls in my mind. Seeing as the lathe is in the basement, I figured spoon carving was a good way to take a project outside in the nice weather when I tire of the subterranean shop. I bought a little sloyd knife from Murphy out of Ayer, Mass—I like it.

I tried to make a crooked knife but in a word – crap. Oh well, I tried. So, I bit the bullet and bought a Flexcut 8 sweep palm gouge. Wow. Worth the money. Got lots of advice from LJ’s—- and I tried like hell to get a cheap equine hoof knife, even. This just turned out to be the easiest affordable solution.

Without further ado, I present my first spoon. I think it’s Box Elder scrap from wood I foraged for turning. Box Elder smells bad enough that I wouldn’t eat with this one. Just a beginner carving exercise, I guess.

Finished it in mineral oil and beeswax.

Learned a bit. Bled a bit. Likely, ordering a Kevlar glove and sewing up a bit of leather for the ol’ thumb.

Thanks for looking…

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 02:10 AM

Very nicely done. I like it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 03:05 AM

Great looking spoon. I’ve carved a couple spoons lately with a pocket knife. Lots of fun. You may want to check out the woodwrights shop episode on spoon making on, lots of great tips and tricks.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 04:21 AM

Good work there!

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 10:55 AM

I like the lines. Really nice first spoon. Are you hooked yet?

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

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#5 posted 04-02-2012 11:06 AM

Thanks everybody! Spoontaneous—- I just saw your work. Wow. I’ll be flagging yours as a reference for what to aspire to. And yes, I’m hooked. Part of it might be the fact that yes, even though many hours could be spent on one spoon, it is so easy to START a new one with little tool set up, etc. such as is often necessary with other projects. Just a knife or two and piece of wood.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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Paul Mayer

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#6 posted 04-02-2012 12:25 PM

Nice work! My first spoon looked like it was made by a beaver, so I am really impressed with your initial effort.

-- Paul Mayer,

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