Spoon making in Copenhagen
working green wood
Green woodworking means working in fresh wood.
This makes cutting and carving a lot easier, but also you need to control the drying so it will not crack and shaping with sandpaper also have to wait until dry or the sand paper will clog up, but you can work with all kinds of cutting tools.
Brought home these two from a walk in the woods.
Had no plan but were thinking spoons so I took one that were really crocked.
(They had trimmed some trees so the wood were on the forest bed).
A wee cutting on the band saw, trying to follow the grain to keep the strength.
As you can see it’s really green woodworking.
Now the sides and we got something looking like a spoon.
Read the wood and just go on.
This should keep me busy for a while.
I give the most dry wood a go first, this was from the thicker branch.
Shaping the bowl of the spoon with a small spoon gauge.
(A wonderful little hand forged tool that can become scary sharp).
Like cutting butter and even the really wet wood are cut relatively easy but I will dry it a day or two in a open plasticbag to reduce the moisture before doing more with that wood.
Water and bread, just like a jail…
Naaaa more like Paradise.
Then it was time to pack up for the day.
Time to get home and cook dinner for my daughter.
Next day shaping the spoon with a knife and a sharp chisel.
Then I ran it a quick tour over a spindle sander.
Before – after.
Time to shape the bowl with a spoon knife.
Then cleaning it up with a small scraper.
These can be made from a old saw blades, made a small blog here: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/79914 .
The handle gets a tour with a card scraper.
Then soaked in raw linseed oil.
Since the wood is not all dry, I will re soak later, but for now it will help it from tristing a cracking.
A swan neck scraper can also be used.
On one of the spoons I leave the handle rough and dip it in a vinegar – steel wool solution, this will color the wood.
(Read more here on the dye http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/57834 ).
Here the spoon after drying a half hour.
I kind of like this as a contrast to some of the more simple versions.
(The knife in front is the one I used for shaping and was the first knife I made my self).
Here the other spoon and a small one for sugar or serving.
I am happy with the result, they will come to use in the kitchen and hopefully help making and serving some wonderful food.
(The rest of the spoons are left for a few days to dry some more now).
Hope it can be a inspiration.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.