Honey Locust Spoon

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 1470 days ago 2141 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This spoon is carved from a Honey Locust tree. I recieved a small log from a friend at our local carving guild. She had said that last winter had taken a toll on the tree and needed to be removed. And lucky for me I was able to use some of it. The yellow colored sap wood against the tan heartwood was a perfect choice for a spoon.
It carved like olive wood (unbelieveably hard) but with the grain of oak….very open grain. I finished it in poly.
Its about 13” X 2.5” X 7/8”
Thanks for viewing and God bless you.
Last pic is of the drawing on tracing paper.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 1470 days ago

Wow, This is very delicate looking and I am surprised that it didn’t break while carving the hard wood. Looks like it would break if you try to use it. Good job on this!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 1470 days ago


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#3 posted 1470 days ago

nice work as with all your spoons
like the wood

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#4 posted 1470 days ago

That is amazing. Great work.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

#5 posted 1470 days ago

I would just like to know how to even start a job like that!


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#6 posted 1470 days ago

Beautiful !!! That looks gorgeous! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#7 posted 1470 days ago

another great one jim, is it for my collection?

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#8 posted 1470 days ago

Looks great! It’s really a great looking wood when it’s finished. Way to go, bro.

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#9 posted 1469 days ago

Very impressive. Would love to know what tools you use.

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

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#10 posted 1469 days ago

Thats Awesome! Im with everyone else, how do you even start something like that? Great job!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#11 posted 1469 days ago

that’s nuts! how long does it take to do something like this? and where on earth do you start?

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#12 posted 1469 days ago

Thats really amazing.
Beautiful, and so impressive craftmanship.
Thank you for showing this,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 1469 days ago

Thank you all for your kind words, it really makes being a part of LJ’s so much fun.
I posted a pic of the design on tracing paper. I spread a very lite coat of white glue over the wood and apply the tracing paper to it.
Then just cut out the design out and get going with the carving knives and gouges and what you see is what I ended up with. I usually start out with a plan but then change mid stream and do somthing else that I didnt see when I first drew it on paper.
I hope that made sense.
Most pieces take about 30 to 50 hours from design to completion.
This as with all my spoons are not intended for the use in food. I cant imagine trying to wash food off of them.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#14 posted 1469 days ago

You really captured the grain highlights in all the right places. Lovely! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 1469 days ago

Beautiful spoon, the only one I’ve seen carve these spoons this good is Mark Decou.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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