Coffee Scoop

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Project by Brit posted 02-18-2015 12:11 AM 1687 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week’s hotel room carving project was a little coffee scoop made out of some English beech I picked up last autumn in the New Forest national park near where I live. Beech is not the easiest wood to carve with a knife due to its hardness, especially when the item is this small. I got through it though, albeit with some sore thumbs from pressing the back of the knife. There’s no finish on it as yet, but it will probably get a couple of coats of walnut oil at the weekend.

Strange to think that each one of those shavings represents a knife cut isn’t it? Sure didn’t seem that many when I was making it. The only problem is that I’ve finished and it is only Tuesday. What am I going to do for the rest of the week? LOL.

Thanks for looking.

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#1 posted 02-18-2015 12:32 AM

Very nice shape, Andy, you’re a natural! I was just reading Robin Woods, and looking at spoon carving knives. You may have me addicted again! :)

Pardon me while I wipe the drool off the monitor…that BCT square gets me every time…

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

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 12:34 AM

Looks good Andy. I tried so many times to find something to do in hotels at night. I usually wind up drinking.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 02-18-2015 12:47 AM

Terry – I ordered a Hans Karlsson spoon knife last week which should have arrived by the time I get home on Friday together with another of the little Hans Karlsson gouges you can see in the photos above. The new one is wider with a flatter sweep for finishing cuts. I love HK’s stuff and I have his Sloyd axe, 60mm adze and some bigger gouges high on my shopping list. I would have bought it all last week, but there are only two UK stockists and they are both out of stock. They are expecting a new delivery in April. I guess that’s the price you pay when you buy from a small family run blacksmith in Sweden. Worth the wait though IMO.

Don – This is working out for me so far, although you do have to discipline yourself to rough out the shape with an axe, so you’re only left with the knife work to do at the hotel. I still drink while I’m doing it too. :o)

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#4 posted 02-18-2015 02:28 AM

Andy – great job, gonna make a few good cup fills with that guy I suspect.
Maybe not your intention but I like the few blog like project entries with the “on the move” work projects. Keep ‘em coming!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#5 posted 02-18-2015 02:46 AM

Andy, Thanks for the tip! I may get on the wait list now that I think I can sharpen the thing.

Don, nothing wrong with a lil Bourbon and Band-aids…

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

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 08:00 AM

grest job

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#7 posted 02-18-2015 02:34 PM

Fantastic Andy. I’m in accord with Jake in loving the travel projects series. Thank you for sharing your skills with us.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 02-18-2015 03:34 PM

You did a nice job on this.

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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#9 posted 02-18-2015 04:20 PM

Nicely done. I thought you told your coworkers you bring a whole log in your luggage, so you should have plenty more material to work with. ;)

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#10 posted 02-18-2015 04:25 PM

Just glue up the rest of the shavings and you can start over again Andy. Id be proud to scoop my grounds with that little guy every morning. Im also glad to hear that youre staying away from those hotel comforters.

-- Something, something, something.

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#11 posted 02-18-2015 04:51 PM

Well done Sir. Like Don, I also usually end up drinking in hotel rooms so I am envious of your discipline and production.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#12 posted 02-18-2015 07:30 PM

Thanks guys, just living the dream.

Jake/Tony – No idea where all this will lead, but I’m enjoying learning to use some new tools. It is also nice to craft something for no other reason than to challenge myself and build new skills.

Tim – Yeah, I might have stretched the truth there a wee bit. Good catch. LOL.

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#13 posted 02-19-2015 02:34 PM

Very nice work on this scoop Andy. My hands hurt just looking at it. If you must have a hardwood that works well with food products I would suggest using birch. it’s not the easiest wood to carve with, but a lot easier than Beech.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-19-2015 02:57 PM

Thanks Mike – I was looking online for some birch last night along with some sycamore. Apparently sycamore has built-in anti-bacterial qualities, not that it really matters for a coffee scoop. By the way, I tried chip carving three weeks ago and you were right, it is harder to do than carving spoons, etc. At least, it is harder to get consistent results. I tried it on Lindenwood and I found it quite difficult to push the knife in to full depth on some cuts and it had a tendency to split. I was only working on a practice board, but it definitely wasn’t as easy to carve as basswood appears to be in the online videos I’ve watched. Shame basswood is so difficult to get here in Europe.

-- - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#15 posted 02-19-2015 03:12 PM

+1 to chip carving being more difficult than a spoon. Chips have to be removed exactly…spoons have fewer rules, and the rules can be bent or changed as you progress. :)

Andy, what sort of knife are you using for chips? I got immediate improvement in results with a proper knife, and watching a few videos from

Basswood is hard to get in UK? Wow! How about Poplar? More pronounced grain, but I’ve had decent luck with Poplar. I have a small amount of good Basswood I can send ya in the next package…

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

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