'Found' Spoons

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 05-04-2009 04:07 AM 1814 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting friends up in TN, they had some errands to run and were kind enough to drop me and my pruning saw off at the woods. While there I found a couple of spoons and hauled them back with a few twisties for walking sticks. The first one I found in the weathered root of an upturned tree. I think it might be an ogre spoon but that hasn’t been confirmed by the University. Of course, I had to clean it up a bit but that’s about all. It actually has loads of character that the camera doesn’t seem to be interested in. Not sure of the wood… Elm maybe?? Anybody know?

The second spoon was hiding inside a little sapling that looked to have been damaged during the rut season. That part became the bowl and again, not sure of the yellowish wood. Both pieces are tough as can be, not brittle at all. Totally different spoons but they constantly compete to be picked up. I am tempted to do a series of ‘found wood’ spoons since that is the only wood I can afford just now. grin

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 04:09 AM

Amazing find

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 04:15 AM

nice shapes. what are they finished with ? how fine did you sand them. real eye candy !

looks like elm to me also.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 06:00 AM

Dan ~ I sanded each to 500 grit (using Klingspor) and then I used that gray pad (alternative 0000 steel wool). Then took a clean piece of that pad and dipped it into a mix of 50% Behlen’s Salad Bowl finish/50% mineral spirits and polished the wood with the wet pad (did that twice). Wiped off the excess vigorously and then a light coat of wax so that they would feel good to the hand.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 02:05 PM

Nice find. Nothing like a quite walk through the woods.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 02:29 PM

Very nice!

You can’t beat the beauty of nature, but it took your skills to help it along.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 07:10 PM

Cool, I love hiking just for that reason. I’ve seen and found so many unusual things over the years. Like a treasure hunt. My last find was a bowl shaped rock. Weighed little over 100 lbs, I hiked it out about a mile over rough ground, my friends just laughed, but I got it home. It a thing of beauty. It holds water and is a great bird bath. Good hunting!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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