Carved spoon from Elm with torched bowl.

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Project by Ballantyne posted 02-25-2014 03:53 PM 1393 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heres a spoon I carved from Elm.

Im just using a small gouge, drawknife and utility blade.

I wanted to experiment with torching the grain in the bowl! It turned out cool.

One interesting thing Ive been experimenting with is boiling the wood prior to finishing.
Aparently “tannins” come out of the wood during this process, and it helps the wood to dry.
The wood discolors so much that it makes me feel more comfortable about this being a food safe product.
I use about 5 coats of mineral oil for the finishing as well.

It turned out cool!

Im going to try Cherry now! :)

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#1 posted 02-25-2014 04:22 PM

Great job. Very cool finishing process.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 05:07 PM

Just don’t put the mineral oil on BEFORE you toast it! ;-)

Seriously, the Elm looks really good in contrast to the charred bowl area.

Nice shape to the spoon as well.



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#3 posted 02-25-2014 10:33 PM

Beautiful – Well done.

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

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 11:23 AM

I always pour boiling water over my spoons after the final sand. I feel (no science behind this at all) that this helps raise the grain a bit more than simply wiping it down with a damp cloth would. And spoons are likely to be used in boiling liquid, so why not?

The torching is cool. Are you using a MAP gas torch?

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 04:33 PM

Im using a propane torch.. I want to try this with cherry, because with careful heating you can turn the wood darker gradually. The Elm just sort of gets black

-- Jeff, Bobcaygeon, Wilderness Explorer

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