|Project by Spoontaneous||posted 04-13-2011 at 09:30 AM||1820 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
A couple of years ago I was going to make my daughter a spoon for her 13th birthday. I had cut the blank (by hand) out of this piece of plum. The spoon bowl would be a heart and the three spiraling handles would be hearts, one handle would have 3, another 4, and the other 5. Including the bowl it would be 13 hearts. Never happened! Can’t remember what got in the way… but something did.
So the blank just set in my friends garage for a year or two and I would pick it up on occasion and put it back down. Then one day I saw this guy’s pipes and was blown away: http://www.parkspipes.com/Pipe_Specifics_Page/Churchwardens_RootsLeaves_Properties.htm So I marked my wood with that scrolling in mind… Then the spoon blank disappeared for maybe 6 months. Just gone. In the meantime, I saw a spoon Jim the Carver posted: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/38002 and I figured that once I found the spoon… I would try what he did with penetrating the spoon bowl.
Anyway, finally found the spoon blank smashed up in behind stuff on the floor covered in…. whatever it was. Started on the spoon again and gained a new respect for just how talented these guys are. I could not for the life of me get the clean lines they did. But I did get some good practice in. It could use another day’s worth of work but I am DONE with the spoon even though it is not… done. Me? I’m gonna stick to the easy stuff… it’s more fun.
The Trojan looking thing is elm burl sapwood.
The Sombrero is elm burl.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)