Carved Spoon

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 05-18-2008 05:32 PM 2074 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carving spoons is a fun activity especially when you are bored to death because you have to “chaperon” your kid while he is playing with his friends. I carved it only with tools I could carry in my pocket: a carving knife for the bottom and tail and a #11 gouge for the inside of the spoon. The rough shape was cut on a bandsaw but everything else is carved. My kid begged and cried to get the spoon for his collection. I managed to negotiate some good behavior for it, though.

Dimensions: 12” X 2” X 3/4”
Wood: basswood
Finish: none
Estimated work time: 1 1/2 – 2 hours

Thanks for looking,

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#1 posted 05-18-2008 06:09 PM

Dude! Hope you weren’t thinking about kids too much when you carved that spoon.

Nice work! LOL

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 05-18-2008 06:39 PM

Nice carving, Alin. Great way to kill time and wood.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 06:44 PM

I can see a display case in your future to hold your son’s growing collection!
this is a nice addition for him!

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Alin Dobra

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 07:55 PM

Thanks guys for the comments.

Blake: as it turns out carving outside has a lot of other benefits besides not being bored: everybody asked me what I’m doing and I got to talk about my work, all my kid’s friends wanted a carving (they all got a knife or a spoon) and I even got one kid to stop pushing around my son by carving a knife for him and telling him that he can have it under the condition that he will behave well. I am always amazed how much the kids appreciate hand-made things especially if they see how it is done.

Darryl: my kid already has a bookshelf where he keeps his collection:


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#5 posted 05-18-2008 07:59 PM

A very interesting spoon, Alin. It looks like something one would use to stir a witches’ brew!

Like Scott said, I’d hate to be holding any sharp instrument while chaperoning children. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-18-2008 08:26 PM

Very artistic. I like it.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#7 posted 05-18-2008 08:30 PM


You would be surprised how respectful all the kids were. Not a single one of them did something unsafe and they all understood they cannot get too close. They were just checking on my progress every 10 minutes and kept on asking me when I’m going to be done.

Charlie and Michael: Thanks for the comments.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#8 posted 05-18-2008 09:32 PM

You know we all blame the tv and games on why kids don’t do anything any more, or at least in my circles. But maybe you have unknowingly stumbled on a really good reason. We don’t do anything with them anymore, because we are to busy watching tv and playing out games without them.
Very interesting that you was able to keep them spell bound and well mannered by really just giving of yourself. Great job on the spoon and very better on the kids.

-- JJohn

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#9 posted 05-19-2008 12:04 AM

I am always impressed by carving as it seems more artistic than general woodworking

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#10 posted 05-19-2008 12:24 AM

LOL! Alin, I meant I would worry about them aggravating me to the point of using the knife on them intentionally! (Joking of course.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 05-19-2008 12:41 AM

JJohn, my kid already started turning even though he is only 6:
All kids are fascinated when they come into my workshop. They all want to know how it is made. At playground, absolutely all the kids were interested in how the carving goes.

Shawn, I think a lot of forms of woodturning can be very artistic. You just have to put your soul into them.

Charlie, I was impressed with how nicely the kids were behaving. Once I gave one of them a carving, all the others were model citizens in the hope they will get one too. They were also genuinely fascinated by carving.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#12 posted 05-19-2008 03:00 AM

Nice work Alin, I guess im not the only guy that carves when he is bored…..thanks for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 05-19-2008 03:04 AM

Thanks Jim. I actually do very little carving lately since I am completely distracted by woodturning, box and furniture making. I will go in vacation with my family in August and I’ll carve all day (otherwise I’ll die of boredom).


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#14 posted 05-19-2008 04:35 PM

Nice spoon Alin.

I’ve also been looking a while for some form of woodworking that would travel well, and have just started diving into spoon carving. I have a curved spoon on order, and have found some green boxelder that was cut and left along side railroad tracks near my house. I have to “harvest” some of that for my practice spoon blanks.

-- johnjoiner

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#15 posted 05-20-2008 01:12 AM


You did well on this spoon. And you had a winning combination here as well. You got to get in some woodworking time while watching the kids, your carving kept them entertained and may have sparked some interest in woodworking, they learned something new and your son received a nice gift.

Wonderful post. And thanks for the story behind it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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