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Project by Spoontaneous posted 05-13-2011 03:55 PM 1907 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do my carving in an alley behind a friend’s garage. People walk by and stop to talk sometimes, mostly the homeless and semi-homeless. One day a guy from an hour south was out walking while his wife was at the nearby doctor’s office and he took an interest. He was wearing this old cowboy hat that looked like it been buried in the stall for a spell and he had one of those double barrel laughs that travels a few blocks.

Anyways… he said he had a horse and would I make him a horse spoon. I told him I can’t draw a horse and I never tried to carve one, but that I would give it a go and if it came out looking cartoon-ish he wouldn’t be obliged to purchase it and I would just add it to my collection.

He is not up this way for a couple of weeks but I called him to let him know I was done with it (aka quitting). I told him that my wife thinks it looks like a Sea horse, I think it looks like a lama and it is supposed to be a horse, so he’d be getting three animals for the price of one. He let out one of those huge laughs over the phone, although a bit of a nervous one.

The idea was to have the saddle become the spoon bowl, which didn’t really pan out too well. I would do the mane over again and make it more subtle. I kind of think I can get a more realistic head on the horse but for the agreed price it doesn’t merit the extra time. It’s maple.

I’ve had this computer desk since last century that I’ve moved around, stored and lately it has been disassembled in a closet. So I got to playing with a couple of the side panels… just taking a burr and grinding through the black laminate. Blue Bill was carved from one piece of the mdf and attached to another panel. I started with markers but most of those were dried up so I smeared paint and wiped off the excess. He reminds me a bit of Mr. Bill from SNL.

The ‘Recircled’ Desk was done similarly but the brown is just rosewood stain and the blue is from blue and beige pigment mixed in a polyurethane.

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

Very different and interesting horse, I am glad that someone helped you think of a new spoon, looking at
all the others really makes me appreciate your imagination and craftsmanship. That hat you mentioned, for
some reason, after you get a cowboy hat properly broken in and fit to wear it is hard to part with it to
get it cleaned and reblocked, just another one of those things that normal people (especially wives) can not seem to appreciate. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 04:14 PM

That’s a very special spoon. Oh to have that imaginative vision and then the skill to execute!

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 04:27 PM

Love it! Thanks for all of the details…”double barreled laugh”...never heard that one before. Did you use the same finish you had mentioned before? Cheers.

-- Josh, Mesa Arizona

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 04:32 PM

Recircled and Mr. Bill get my vote

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

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 04:38 PM

great imagination
and work

looks like horse to me

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 05:05 PM

This post made me very happy. It really brightened my morning, imagining spoon with his carving tools in a dirty alley.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 05:09 PM

Inspiring as always! The laminate stuff is pretty dramatic for such humble materials. I believe I have some smaller pieces laying around and it’s been a while since I made a spoon….... hmmmmm? Thanks for being so creative!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 07:10 PM

Far out!!

Cool man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#9 posted 05-14-2011 12:41 AM

Thank y’all. Yeah, TreeFrog the finish is just a couple of wipe on coats of Waterlox satin. I might add one more coat but I was waiting to see if I wanted to rework the horse’s head first.

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

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#10 posted 05-14-2011 08:34 AM

Cool man, cool!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 05-14-2011 01:55 PM

You really do truly inspiring work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 05-14-2011 04:04 PM

Love the spoon, looks like a “wild horse”....”did yourself proud”

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#13 posted 05-14-2011 05:18 PM

NiteWalker ~ The pic I took it from I wasn’t for sure if it was wild or just spirited… but here is the pic I was going from.

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

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#14 posted 01-20-2012 06:34 PM

Great projects- showing lots of imagination and skill.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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