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Project by Spoontaneous posted 1137 days ago 2779 views 17 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A certain number of years ago you were a participant in the most important race of your life. In fact, it was a race FOR life…. And there were millions of other participants with the same goal as you. Not only did you have to be fast…. your timing had to be impeccable! The odds against you were incredible, but somehow…. here you are! Who says you can’t win the lotto? So anyway, I call this spoon ‘The Great Race’, carved from wild apple (sapwood) and about 8” long (not to scale). A scroll saw would have toned down my impatience.

The ‘Zipper’ is from mahogany and horse chestnut, with a recycled zipper (I stole it from one of my wife’s makeup pouches). I’ve had the idea for a long time and finally had to get it out of my head. Not until after I made this did I figure out HOW to make it. So, one of these days I might make a similar spoon with the zipper in reverse and carved in cedar or bloodwood so I can call it ‘Busted Fly in Baton Rouge (red stick). I think this one would look better with gold leaf in the bowl but I’m done with it. About 9 1/2” long. Disclaimer: There is no implied association between the first and second spoons.

The ‘Eye Drop’ spoon is another good idea gone bad. The wood selection couldn’t have been much worse and the spoon turned out bulky for the hand. My wife says the ‘tear’ is way out of scale, but I already know that. If I do another I’d make the whole thing smaller (and thinner) and I would use something like holly. Also, I think it could be cool to use either dyes for the iris or something like the crushed turquoise. approx. 4 1/2” closed.

Thanks for having a look.

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





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 1137 days ago

WOW, you keep blowing my mind.

SOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!


Fantastic ideas, the tear is a great idea too, keep at it till you’re satisfied. I like it like that though…..........

The great race is awesome…............

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

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rajkalex

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#2 posted 1137 days ago

Very interesting designs. I think the great race spoon is incredible. I can hardly imagine a more challenging project. I see a hundred opportunities for a break. Thanks for posting.

-- Richard- Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 1137 days ago

Really really nice!!!

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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Blake

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#4 posted 1137 days ago

I’m a fan!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 1137 days ago

Sperm and ovum is ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL!!!! Love the zipper spoon- the perfect diet tool. So very creative you are!! I bet an obstetrician would love the “conception” spoon!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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clieb91

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#6 posted 1137 days ago

More awesome looking spoons. All are just too cool looking but really like the zipper.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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JJohnston

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#7 posted 1137 days ago

And I can’t believe “I” won.

-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Roman Hrytsak

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#8 posted 1137 days ago

Spoontaneous, I love your madness!!! Keep nurturing it! Eagerly waiting for the next spoon. I like your ‘crazy’ ideas!
They just blow me away into my boot room with new ideas!!!!
I guess you can say the first spoon was ‘viable’!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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Kate

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#9 posted 1137 days ago

great work. great imagination

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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kolwdwrkrsgirl

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#10 posted 1137 days ago

These are mind~blowingly cool…....wowwwwww! I’m awe-struck at how completely awesome these really are!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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Jack_T

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#11 posted 1137 days ago

I love your spoon collection.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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StumpyNubs

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#12 posted 1137 days ago

I was just thinking I should try and incorporate more sperm into my projects…

Anyway, you’re very talented!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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mafe

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#13 posted 1137 days ago

Wauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
They are amazing!
Full of imagination, full of life, beauty in the shapes – I’m touched in my heart and brain.
Thank you!
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

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

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shipwright

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#14 posted 1137 days ago

I love your stuff !

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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MasterSergeant

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#15 posted 1137 days ago

You’re wierd, and I like it ;-)

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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