Assorted Older Spoons

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Project by darkhollow posted 05-07-2012 05:56 PM 1983 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of a couple of gallery’s I am posting of spoons I’ve made over the past couple of years. All are hewn and carved with traditional tools.

1) Celtic Knotwork Spoon, American Holly, appx. 8 1/2” long

2) Knotwork spoon with Two Captured Balls (traditionally called Devils in a Well) the balls are carved out inside of the cage, and are loose. Maple, 8” long

3) Double Helix Spoon, 150+years old American Holly with inlayed Amber, 6 1/2” long

4) Shamrock Spoon, Sourwood, 7” long. This spoon was a commission from a man who had immigrated to America from Ireland decades ago. When he did so he smuggled a live sprig of Shamrock with him. He gave me another sprig of this plant to use as a model for this piece.

5 & 6) Last Drop of the Run; Cherry and Amber, 9” long. This spoon is a tribute to the noble, old-school traditions of Moonshining. The front depicts a still hidden deep in a thicket of Rhododendron (A traditional hiding spot in Appalachia for one’s still) The last drop of the run, which is inlayed Amber, is falling from the spout into the waiting jug. At the bottom there is a mouse who is enjoying lapping up the over-spill! Picture 6 show that there is a Revenuer waiting around back to bust-up the still. It was inspired by a hatchet that my Granddad gave me a couple years before he passed away, which he found i the 1930s, next to a long-ago busted still. He found two of them, the other belongs to my brother. Both were hand forged, and when he found them, they had laid around so long they handles fell apart due to rot. I use mine regularly in the shop and for splitting kindling.

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

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 06:19 PM

These are great! The spoon bowl on the first is atypical. The double helix is cool esp. with the inlay. The Moonshine spoon is outstanding as well.

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

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 10:08 PM

Holy Moly!!! That is some very intricate carving. Very kool

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

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

I too like the shamrock and the still spoons.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 01:56 AM

All of these look great, nicely done.

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

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 02:04 AM

Every piece a sculpture

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 12:02 PM

All amazing works of art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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