|Project by loosejoints||posted 12-29-2008 06:52 PM||1879 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I had to hurry to finish these. They are my first attempt at carving. I finished them 30 minutes before leaving for my inlaws house where they were being given to my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law as christmas gifts.
The top spoon is walnut. My first attempt at carving. I really had no plan. Just picked a scrap out of the bin aand started in with an Exacto knife using a hooked blade and a couple of gouges. It seems that walnut tends to flake if you are not careful about grain direction. After I got it shaped I sanded it to its final form. Swore that I would get better with the knife so I could reduce the amount of sanding necessary. Finished it with mineral oil.
The second spoon is basswood. Tried an old pocket knife that had been grossly over sharpened to the point that the blade has a slight hook to it along with a Flex Cut Hook Knife. After honing the pocket knife on a 3/4 dowel with some green honing compound it was pretty darn sharp. The Flex Cut knife was intended for scooping out the bowl of the spoon, but it wasnt all that effective. The sharp corner of the blade kept digging in to the sides. Basswood was much easier to work with and I didn’t have to hone my blade as often. Less sanding was necessary, but still more than I want to do.
The third spoon is cherry. Used the hooked pocket knife and a knife that was almst hoop shaped. The cherry wood was much harder to cut but still nice to work with if you pay clost attention to grain direction. The new knife was very handy for scooping out the bowl.
Fourth soon is basswood with a dark streak in it. Doing less sanding now. Getting better at honing the knves too. Also found a lot of helpful videos on You Tube.
Sorry about the picture quality. I snapped it with my blackberry just before packing them up.