Celtic Battle Ladle

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Project by darkhollow posted 05-05-2012 08:11 PM 1984 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is about 18” long, with a bowl about 7 1/2” across. It is made from a maple burl that I discovered while gathering firewood a couple of years ago. The primary shaping was accomplished with a single-beveled carving/hewing hatchet and a couple of adzes. The rest of the work was done with hand-tools (knives, gouges, chisels scrapers, hookknives, spoon and bowl planes, and spokeshaves.
... I’ve been calling it a “battle ladle” for the simple reason that it has a finger guard like a saber or sword.

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 08:57 PM

Great carving. Nothing like rooting in a woodpile.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 05-06-2012 11:22 AM

What’s amazing about this spoon is that from the front it looks plain, almost rudimentary. Flip it over and you discover beautiful and intricate carvings that look ‘tribal’. Now what I can’t figure… is how to make something like this without a ‘motor’!

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

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#3 posted 05-06-2012 11:26 AM

Way kool. Very detailed carvings

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-06-2012 12:22 PM

Really nice and the carving is very detailed.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-06-2012 01:03 PM

Very impressive carvings…I like your style! I also love the contrast between the front and back…shows your control of hand tools nicely! keep it up!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 05-06-2012 01:36 PM

Nice work, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 05-06-2012 04:21 PM

This is one of my all time favorites here on
Master piece !

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 11:02 PM

That’s a very cool carving, great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 01:26 AM

I’ll have to carve up some war spoons soon; nice battle ladle!

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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