Ironwood carved spoon

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Project by Ballantyne posted 06-07-2014 02:18 AM 571 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project Ive been excited to take on for a while.

The main mission has been to find some Ironwood! Finally!

I have enough to make about 5 more spoons.

Carving green, it was actually ok to work with. I wouldn’t say it was a whole lot more difficult to carve than green hard maple.

It sanded so nice as well. Im really happy with it. Although it looks alot like birch, its still got some unique grain.

While I’m at the farmers market selling my spoons, people gravitate towards unique looking spoons. This one, I would have to put in a glass case or something to draw some attention to it.

I weight this spoon compared to another similar size spoon, and Ironwood weighed in at 79 grams and a similar style maple weighed about 49 grams.

Another process in spoon making is raising the grain by soaking in hot water.
This wood kept its smooth finish after hot water. Cool!

I would love to hear some experiences with ironwood!

Does a seasoned ironwood log change color ? Anyone know?


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#1 posted 06-07-2014 03:43 AM

Sorry I can’t help you with the ironwood color change. I will say that’s an awfully fine spoon. I like your idea of presenting it in a glass case.

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 12:38 PM

Beautiful spoon! I have never seen ironwood with that light of color. I know that the term “ironwood” is used for a range of different woods…

Here is a project I did with some “ironwood” – very different from yours. One common element would be the density. My version of ironwood was also very heavy.

Maybe someone else can shed to light on the topic.

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 02:52 PM

That spoon is a beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-08-2014 06:21 AM

Very Nice Work Jeff. Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.


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