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Project by LittlePaw posted 02-10-2013 12:10 AM 1948 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Iron Chef of Tulsa wanted an award spoon for their annual contest winner. The spoon they wanted will be given to their Chef of the Year for him to keep for one year, until the following year’s contest. I gave them several drawings of spoons from which they picked this one.

They also wanted it to be at least 14 inches which is longer than most spoons. So I lengthened the stem, carved a twist on it and made the top proportionately larger. The design template showed only the front of the spoon, so it was up to me to carve the back of it as I thought it might be. I also added a presentation base so it can be displayed properly.
The wood is Basswood and the base is poplar. The spoon was first treated with a pre-stain conditioner then with 3 coats of Colonial Maple stain. The stain came out blotchy because end grain areas took the stain differently than side grain. Two applications of Minwax paste wax were used as final finishes. The base was made with poplar. After a application of pre-stain conditioner, I rubbed on a coat of Cherry stain and 3 coats of rattle-can lacquer.
The spoon measures 14” long x 1 5/8” wide x 1 ½” thick.
The base measures 7 ¾” x 3 ½” x 8” tall
Your critique are welcome, as always. Thanx

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 12:15 AM

Very awesome work. A prize for sure!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 12:25 AM

Congratulations Littlepaw. You are an inspiration! Well done! RH

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

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 01:16 AM

That is one beautiful spoon and a great motivation to attain top chef status. Can I ask how you carved out the bowl? I recently made a rather plain spoon for the first time and struggled carving the interior of the bowl.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 01:46 AM

Thanx for the encouraging comments, all. [email protected]: I drew the bowl edge with pencil first so I wouldn’t go past it. Then I used a spoon gouge to carve out the cavity…slow going. Since I hadn’t made a lot of spoons, I haven’t tried other ways. Any suggestions, guys?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 02:05 AM

Woah, what a piece of art!

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 02:08 AM

Very nice … two of my favorite things, woodworking and cooking …. in one place.
It makes a fine display piece for the restaurant of the winning chef.
I think you should be treated to a dinner for two by each successive winner.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 03:13 AM

Very cool work.

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 03:48 AM


Nice carving and lovely presentation! We think shipwright’s idea couldn’t be better: dinner for two by each successive winner. You need to negotiate that!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 02-10-2013 04:27 AM

Beautiful carving.

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#10 posted 02-10-2013 09:29 AM

Very nice carving, and the stand compliments the spoon so well. I’m sure it will be appreciated by the winner and their successors over the years.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 02-10-2013 01:59 PM

That is some beautiful carving work. Very nice

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#12 posted 02-10-2013 02:23 PM

very nice work! really cool carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 03:41 PM

Wish I had the patience of you carvers. Beautiful piece and the stand was a great idea and compliments it for sure. I think the twist really makes it eye catching.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#14 posted 02-11-2013 03:17 AM

WOW!!!! Beautiful Carving!!!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#15 posted 02-11-2013 03:23 AM

A carving that captures the essence of fine cuisine .
Wine is such a important part of cooking in the food and with the meal and you have certainly captured this well with this trophy spoon .

-- Kiefer

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