Vertebrate, Ribbonacci, Maponi...

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 04-02-2011 01:15 AM 1948 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Vertebrate looking spoon is carved from the same piece of wood as the Jellyfish was. I asked the guy and he says it is black locust burl. I always thought locust was hard, but this was a very easy carve and finished silky soft. 8” I think.

Ribbonacci is carved from Lilac which also finished nicely/easily. About 7 1/4” long. The pointy bowl is only attached where the ribbons meet the bowl… maybe 1/24th of an inch. The ribbon tops are sapwood and the bottoms are hardwood.

You can go to one of the pet stores and buy Mopani wood. They sell it for people to use in their lizard and snake terrariums. It is a two tone wood from Africa and is VERY hard. I think this is 5-6 inches.

The Oak Burl was carved with the burl as the handle and the regular grain for the bowl. Maybe 8 to 8 1/2” long.

The little spoon of Cherry burl was an experiment gone wrong. My intention was for the handle to warp out of shape. I hollowed it thin enough to see light through, and even stuck it in a vise after soaking the green wood in water. It came out of the vise oval shape but went round within the hour. What do you have to do to get wood to warp? I was going for the cocoon look.

Thanks for checking them out.


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

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 01:43 AM


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#2 posted 04-02-2011 01:49 AM

My brother -in-law is a chiropractor he would LOVE this 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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#3 posted 04-02-2011 03:36 AM

Super cool stuff, like always!! :)

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 04:02 AM

bet you are having so much fun ye’r dancing!! very entertaining work BUD!

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

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 05:05 AM

These are all quite wonderful as each has such a distinct character. It looks like you are definately having too much fun!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 12:37 PM

Totally cool!

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 02:26 PM

Love the personality of each piece. How fragile are the handles?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#8 posted 04-02-2011 03:20 PM

Thank y’all for the comments. Beth, actually the handle on the Ribbon spoon has some flex in it, but never felt like it was going to break while I was carving it. Certainly, like all my other spoons it is more dysfunctional than functional. The rest of the handles are quite stout.

And yeah, spoon carving is kind of fun….. until I run into the sanding part. ha!

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

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 05:10 PM

Beautiful spoons. I like Vertebrate best, though they all brightened my day.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 05:53 PM

You are a good carving buddy! An inspiration to jump out of the box! You have good ‘taste’ in wood!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 07:06 PM

You always amaze! Fantastic!! Sanding’s a drag, but well worth it.

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

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 03:03 PM

Wonderful stuff!! Can you explain how you finish the wood? Tung oil perhaps? Thanks!

-- Josh, Mesa Arizona

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#13 posted 04-26-2011 05:00 PM

Ha ha you guys! I received this beeyoooteeefulll spoon in the mail to give to my sister and her husband as a gift: accupunturist and chiropractor. They love it! So do I- I didn’t want to part with it- you cannot imagine how wonderful the finish is on this spoon- and also it is so dainty? for lack of a better word. The pictures DO NOT do these spoons justice. :)

-- 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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#14 posted 01-30-2012 07:49 PM

your spoons are of the charts

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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