#1 project - spoons and story

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Project by NaFianna posted 1490 days ago 1185 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here goes – first project on this site to which I owe a lot of my renewed enthusiasm for wood. This is my first carving and my first my first non utilitarian, repairs around the house type project.
The story is that both my brother and I played hurling, an Irish sport (see picture) somewhere between hockey and lacrosse. About 15 years ago I broke his favourite hurl (stick) in half. He was pissed. They are traditionally made of ash and for some reason I held onto the pieces, in the back of my mind thinking I would like to do something with them. A few weeks ago a couple of days before I was due to fly home on holidays I was looking at some spoons on this site when I thought of the two pieces of ash. In a couple of hours I put these together. I had very limited time and tools – chisel and spokeshave and lots of sandpaper. I had blisters when finished. I was initially a bit embarrassed to show them to anyone but was deep down kinda pleased with the result. The best part was my brother and his wife who are really into food and cooking, were really moved by the present. He could not believe I had held onto the pieces that long ( I asked how long he held the grudge) and they were used immediatly in the dinner they were preparing.
I was limited by the shape of the bits of broken stick but it is quite a large stiring spoon and a large something else – not sure what you would call it. Just vegetable oil to finish, it was all I had. Ash is so beautiful to work with.
Thanks for listening

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#1 posted 1490 days ago

Nice job and great story.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 1489 days ago

Great Job and Great Story.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 1489 days ago

Really nice post – I like it when the wood behind a project has a story and yours has a great one.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#4 posted 1489 days ago

this is SO wonderful!!!
I loved the line “how long did you hold onto the grudge”

I bet you are now in the ”#1” category!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 1489 days ago

Cheers guys, thanks for encouragement

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#6 posted 1327 days ago

special. nice job.

-- dave : vermont

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#7 posted 1237 days ago

Which NaFianna ?

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#8 posted 1230 days ago

Na Fianna in Glasnevin.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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