Spoons and Spatula

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Project by drbyte posted 04-09-2015 03:10 PM 1391 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spoons have been on my “bucket list” for a long time, just never found the time. Lots of waiting time here lately so I broke down and ordered a couple of Mora curved knives. Really glad I did. I know I have to get the bowls a little thinner but the first ones have turned out fairly well and everybody wants one now! Left to right in first photo is Cherry, Walnut, Poplar, Walnut, Mahogany and spatula is Cherry. Carving these from dried wood is very difficult to say the least. Looking for some green Sycamore or Cherry to try. The Poplar is way too soft for a spoon by the way. I have about three other patterns I want to try soon. And if anyone is thinking about spoons, don’t hesitate to order the Mora hook-blade knives, they are very sharp right from the start and have held a keen edge through these first six with no problem. They can’t be beat for the money. I bought three, the 162, the 163, and the 164. I found the 163 the least useful but handy sometimes. I still need to get a 106, a 120, and maybe a 122. I have been using an old straight knife I had and some old pocket knives to do the outside with, an old Boker and an old US made Colonial which once sharpened well held a surprisingly keen edge for quite a while. And needing really sharp knives drove me to build a new knife sharpening jig along the way which works great. It’s mostly metal but I’ll post it later if anybody wants to try it out. I cut a 24” square of canvas to lay on my lap to catch the shavings and carry it and at least one-two knives with me when I have a long wait so I can carve anywhere. Just fold knives and spoon up in canvas and shove it in a bag. Now I’m hooked (no pun intended) and I’ve got to make a few more for friends and family too. Thanks for looking!

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 03:16 PM

These are all very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 03:44 PM

Now those are some nice spoons…..I should try and make some spoons too. Got a lotta scraps and needy friends…time to sharpen up the old bent gouges and get out the sandpaper scraps too ! After I get back from an early may trip to Ohio, that is Thanks for sharing !

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#3 posted 04-09-2015 04:27 PM

Very nice!

I’ve got a few branches that I sealed the ends and have them drying in my shop. I’m hoping to make a few spoons (and maybe a spatula or two also)
It’s gonna be another 6 or 8 months till they’re dried though.

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#4 posted 04-09-2015 05:55 PM

they look great! I have found that just wetting the dry wood with tap water lets me carve away!

-- gpaw999

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#5 posted 04-09-2015 06:30 PM

Thanks gpaw999! I thought of trying that then got scared to do it, will try it on next one for sure. I was afraid they would crack or split.

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 04-09-2015 06:37 PM

way kewl, its kind of my newest passion too I need to get me some carving blades tho, the ones i’ve done are with a rotary tool on the old air compressor…

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

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#7 posted 04-09-2015 11:41 PM

Nice work Dennis, Mora does make some great knives I’m currently waiting on 163 right now

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#8 posted 04-10-2015 12:01 PM

Really nice spoons. Definitely try to get some green wood, the difference is substantial. A pocket knife will work OK, but you’d be better off with a knife that has a longer bevel, you get better control. You can buy all kinds of fancy expensive ones or get one quite cheap, like

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 04-10-2015 12:11 PM

Another option for dry wood is to use a spokeshave and carving gouge to make your spoons, that’s the method I use. I use the knifes when I can get some green wood.

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#10 posted 04-11-2015 04:06 AM

Dennis, since we are talking options. I use a couple of chisels for the bowl and a surform tool for the rest of the spoon. It gives me good control and works fast. I recommend it. Of course I am also using a shave horse to hold the spoon while I work on it. The shave horse is not too portable.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 04-11-2015 04:06 PM

Beautiful.Great job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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