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Project by Spoontaneous posted 04-13-2011 04:30 PM 1891 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)





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murch

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 05:01 PM

Serious wow. You come up with some astonishing ideas. They look great. Wasn’t expecting pic. 3 to
be the added complication that it is. Well done.

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

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MShort

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 05:36 PM

Now that is cool. I first glanced at it and thought is was a squid then took a closer look. Looks great !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 06:14 PM

Very impressive work. The lines really caught my eye

Now if I only had the patience to pull off something like that

Thanks for sharing your awesome work

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Stephen Mines

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 09:10 PM

Too good. Norm Sartorius needn’t watch his back to see who is gaining…he just oughta look way ahead…think you’ve past him, at least with this amazing work of art. If you’re not familiar with his spoon work google him…worth the trip.
Stephen

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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S4S

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 09:32 PM

I agree with Stephen . Great work .

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Spoontaneous

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 10:08 PM

Thank y’all for the kind comment. I appreciate the feedback/encouragement.

But Stephen…. I gotta tell you guys…. Norm’s work is what inspired me to try my hand at spoon making. If I stayed on this planet for another 50 years I would not catch that fella. I look at his spoons more often than I do my own. I have never seen anyone coax more out of a piece of wood than him. But I probably still have as much fun as he does. Thanks again….

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

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Roger

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#7 posted 04-14-2011 01:42 AM

that wouldn’t work well for soup….
awesome spoon, spoon
very totally intricate. Wow!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-14-2011 07:34 AM

Looks awesome from here!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Roman Hrytsak

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#9 posted 04-15-2011 02:51 PM

Once again, you’ve out done yourself! Keep them coming!

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

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mtnwild

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 01:12 AM

More awesome work!

Love them all, thanks for sharing.

I don’t like to do too much comparing when you are doing what you love and not doing it because of other motivations. If you are going for the best, then, I would feel sorry for you. Best is subjective. Yours is yours, a part of you. Doesn’t get any better…....................

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

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christopheralan

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

Wow that is amazing work!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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