Baker's dozen

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 01-01-2013 12:38 AM 2196 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a half dozen more spoons almost finished and I was going to post after they are finished up. Well…. a couple of days ago my lap top’s hard drive went on the fritz and (once again) I lost a good portion of my data as I had not backed up in a spell. I have a replacement on order and while waiting I figured I would go ahead and post what I have using my wife’s laptop.

So anyways… I made a trip to KY in October to celebrate my daughter’s 16th birthday with her and on the way home I was able to stop in the mountains of NC for a day or two and gather some wood. The first 4 spoons came from that trip.

The ‘Limb Scar’ I pulled from a brush pile at about 5,000 feet and I think it is mountain laurel or rhododendron. There is a second, smaller limb scar on the twisted handle.

The second one has a lot of burl figure on it and a subtle pink color. The end of it is the raw weathered wood. I left the inside of the bowl unfinished after sanding.

The third was cut from a upturned root. Again… probably in the mountain laurel family.. and I just left the tip as I found it.

I call the next one ‘Ceremonial Burl’ spoon…. as it reminded me of that sort of thing. I tried messing with the wood burner and my wife said she like it better before I ‘messed with it’. I might agree. I was hoping for good burl figure in the bottom of the bowl… but the burl was what I am calling a ‘bark burl’.

The next one I call ‘Natural Curl’. Although it looks like it came from the mountains, I actually found it while working down in the Keys. I found it in this big gravel/sand mound along the shoreline and I think it might be black mangrove. I just cleaned it up a bit.

I wanted a break from the rustic looking spoons and found a little triangular shard of Lilac in the scrap box. I really like Lilac mostly because it sands so easily.

I did another from the maple burl…

And I still had a slice from the Mayday that Roman sent me. Looks a lot like the last one since it came from the same ‘cut out’.

This next one was from a leftover cut out of the ‘maple seed’ spoon and as I held it in my hand I drew lines around my fingers and that became the shape. So.. it fits just right in my hand so I call it ‘Ergo’.

A gentleman from CT sent me a some small branches from his garden and asked me to make 4 spoons for his wife and kids. He gave me leeway to make what the wood allowed. He did ask for the spoons to be functional, which was a challenge since the cherry was thin (mostly sapwood) and the rhododendron had some decay.

Well… I have been buying a few thousand vintage Scrabble tiles because I wanted to make a headboard panel with one of my favorite poems. I figured I had better do a ‘dry run’ on a smaller panel and I am so glad I did. What I discovered was that all Scrabble tiles are not created equal… they come in all different sizes and of course, shades. I had actually sought out a variety in shades as I had planned to do a sort of ‘vignette’ using the darker tiles for the edges and the lighter for the inside/text. I found it isn’t as easy as I thought.

I messed up pretty good on this small panel… enough to change my plans on the headboard. Instead of the poem I now plan on doing a picture mosaic. Hopefully, it will turn out much better.

As always, thanks for having a look! ... and Happy New Year !!

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

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 12:43 AM

Happy New Years…spoons look great as always.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 01:06 AM

Your spoons are always a joy for me. Happy New Year to you and your family. RH

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

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 01:31 AM

You bring so much more than just simple spoons. Artwork in each piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 04:05 AM

Great looking spoons seem to come natural to you, thank you for sharing them with us. It was good to see
your new spoons again. Happy New Year.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 05:06 AM

happy new year … great collection

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 06:06 AM

Nice! Your eyes and brain must always be busy to find that much!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 06:51 AM

Super bunch of spoons.

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 07:57 AM

what a wonderful way to start the new year – by getting to see a bundle of your spoons!!

I love the rustic spoons. They are precious in so many ways.
As I looked through them I thought, “how does he SEE a spoon in some of these pieces of wood?”
And then I thought … I’d love to see a chunk of wood in its original condition – the inspiration – to see what you are looking at when you say “there is a spoon in there waiting for me to uncover it”.

Love the scrabble tiles. I wanted to add up your score but I couldn’t see some of the numbers.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 11:41 AM

The spoons are great… I’ve carved a bit with lilac as well and though it seems to be very hard wood carving, it does finish up beautifully…... I really love the Scrabble tile idea….

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 12:01 PM

Good job on all the spoons. They all are great because they all are one of a kind.

The poem is right to the point and a good 2013 motto for all.

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

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#11 posted 01-01-2013 01:45 PM

Beautiful spoons!
I too would love to see a piece of the raw wood, and have you “show” us your vision for what will come from it. Then show us the finished piece.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 01-01-2013 03:50 PM

I always look forward to your next batch of spoons. I love the creativity and artisitic beauty that you always seem to draw out of the wood. Thanks for posting!!!!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 03:57 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Debbie and Joe…. some of the time all I have to do is to scoop out the bowl and clean up the rest. Here are before and after photos of another piece from the mountain.

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

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 04:01 PM

that’s a perfect example. Thank you
it takes a very creative eye to see a spoon in that!!!

I was impressed before.. but now – even more so!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 01-01-2013 05:33 PM

Always love your spoons. I really like the head board idea with Scrabble tiles, too. But I really like the poem in your dry run, I will have to share it with a friend.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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