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Hi everyone, time for another quickie project…the last few spoons I’ve completed this summer.

I’ve seen this format before, so hope I’m not breaking the rules too badly by posting the large photos below with the text…lots easier for ME to read. Hopefully, you guys, too! LOL.

The two spoons above were made completely using hand tools. I even cut the blanks out with a coping saw, but not sure I’ll try that again! Both were shaped with rasps, gouges, and the cherry is actually finished with a cabinet scraper. The open grain of the walnut demanded sanding for a better feel. Finish is oil/wax. About 12” long.

The next spoon , from Cherry, had the handle turned on the lathe; then I carved the bowl with the usual power tools. A fairly simple design just to test the principle…expect to see a few of these! Again, the finish is oil/wax.

This spoon is very similar to the above, formed from Cherry, with a similar lathe-turned handle. Although, for the finish, this handle has light brown Trans-Tint powder added to the wipe-on shellac. The bowl section is simply clear shellac. Actually looks better in person, and surely will lead to multi-species spoons very soon…

The above scoop-shaped spoon is made from Brazilian Rosewood, and about 9” long. Luckily, this stuff has come OFF the Endangered Species List in the past few years! This little guy was hand-sanded to 400 grit, then buffed to a high shine. The wax finish was also applied with buffs since I love the extremely hard coat left on the wood.

I’ll probably finish more spoons with the buffs, as long as the wood can handle the reddish tint of the 500 grit Tripoli. Some woods look horrible IMO after exposed to that Tripoli, so I’ll just hand sand them past that grit and apply the buff wax.

The next spoon was also carved from Cherry…I have a ton of Cherry. A simple raised bowl and a keel underneath for added strength. For the tribal motif, I burned in the outlines and filled in with 2 coats of black ink dye. Unfortunately, even though I let the image dry 48 hours, the spray shellac finish caused the black to run. Bummer. It also left a rough texture as it dried…maybe the outside humidity of 90% caused them both? I dunno…but will spray inside from now on. And repair this finish.

The last spoon is a sweet piece of Eastern Red Cedar…has a crack in the bowl and the obvious knot. Both ‘defects’ were filled with black epoxy and sanded to a high luster. Maybe too high under my shop lights? LOL. Wax finish per buffing wheel, but you can still smell the cedar easily. Ummm, no I wouldn’t cook with this one, but I know a friend that will…

That’s all for now…more in progress, and to come soon…

Thanks for reading along! Comments and suggestions are always welcomed…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 03:29 PM

Amazing and beautifully intricate work Terry.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 03:43 PM

Very nice. You do good work Terry

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 03:52 PM

they look great. Well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 03:54 PM

This is certainly a beautiful lot of spoons. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 04:05 PM

Your spoons are incredible Terry. You get an amazing finish on them. I can only imagine how much sanding those bowls take.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 04:57 PM

Some beautiful spoons there sir, great job.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 05:30 PM

Sweet spoons. I like the details.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 05:32 PM

Nice work Terry. I especially liked the comments you gave about each carving, re tool use, finishing and sealing. I found the comments useful for me as I go through the same process in my carvings. The finishing process of a project is a long and tedious one but worth the effort!
Looking forward to more of your work.
Regards, Roman

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 06:19 PM

They look like fun projects! Each one has it’s own character. Nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 07:03 PM

All of them are wonderful thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 07:30 PM

Sweet spoons, thanks for the post!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 10:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words, ya’ll.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 11:32 PM

Very nice looking Terry. I only know how to do these with hand tools, so what are the usual power tools you use to carve the spoon bowls?

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#14 posted 07-16-2014 12:08 AM

They all look great! Sure hope you don’t mind copycats.

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#15 posted 07-16-2014 12:09 AM

Tim, multiple tools, depending on size of bowl…

2” chainsaw on Proxxon mini angle grinder,
1” spherical carbide burrs in the Foredom flex shaft,
anything that fits on the dremel. :)

For the outside shape…

disc sander, belt sander, both bandsaws, inflatable sanding drums, and tons of hand sanding.

Need to post Blog soon with photos!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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