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My first spoon.

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Project by Combo Prof posted 12-18-2017 03:30 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a hand carved spoon. Made from a blank riven from cherry firewood, with gouge and spokeshave. The most trouble I had was trying to smooth out the bowl. Then (light bulb) I remembered card scrapers. I reshaped one and voila a smooth bowl. Finished with mineral oil.

It will be a christmas present for a dear friend.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)





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#1 posted 12-18-2017 04:22 PM

Very nice, Don! It will age beautifully. How big is it?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 05:11 PM

Well done. Looks great.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 07:06 PM

Thanks Candy it is 12 inches long. Where have you been I have not heard from you in a long while.

Thanks socrbent. I am quite please at the result. It was touch and go for a while. I don’t really have the right gouge for spoons, but made do with what I have.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 09:35 PM

Nice looking spoon! The cherry should last a long time, even with heavy use in the kitchen.

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 10:35 PM

Good to know claude. I’m clueless about spoon making.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 11:53 PM

Nice work. The first is always the best.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 12-19-2017 12:46 AM

I’m here, Don, just busy. :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 12-19-2017 04:37 PM

You guys should have warned me that smaller spoons are harder to do. (1 tsp).

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#9 posted 12-19-2017 05:57 PM

Maybe you should’ve used a bigger bill, Don.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 12-19-2017 06:15 PM

LOL.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#11 posted 12-19-2017 08:25 PM

Don, wow, that is a great spoon. I wish my first spoon would have turned out as well as yours did. Nice job. I too have been carving spoons for Christmas presents this year.

I found that after I have rough carved the bowl with a mallet and gouge , I next need to smooth it out using an electric drill and a small flapping sander. It is essentially a series of squares of sandpaper glued to a wheel. Link here for what I am talking about.

The other tool I would recommend is a Sur Form tool by Stanley. It costs about $3.50 at Walmart. It is a sort of cheese grater for wood. This tool is great for forming the rest of the spoon after you have carved the bowl. This is a link to the tool am talking about. I find that it works great for forming a spoon. You can take out the grooves that are left with heavy grit sand paper.

If you are really going to carve many spoons a shave horse is a big help.

There are plenty of plans for shave horses on line.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 12-19-2017 10:46 PM

Thanks for the advice Alan.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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