3 Wooden Spoons

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Project by WayneC posted 08-30-2011 05:40 AM 3730 views 3 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were hand carved from basswood using a knife and gouges. They are finished in a food safe mineral oil, beeswax and carnabua wax butcher block finish. These are headed to my college-age daughter for day to day use.

The intent of these spoons was to learn how to carve the bowls. They are prototypes. I will be branching out into more complex forms using some more interesting wood.

I have done very little carving and these are the first in the round items I have carved since I whittled as a teenager.

Also in the photo is my new hook bladed knife. This knife arrived today and was not used in the carving of these 3 spoons. The knife is from Lee Valley and I belive it is being discontinued. You might want to order one before they run out of them if your interested in a hook bladed knife.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 06:02 AM

Good evening, Wayne… These have beautiful, primitive look to them… Especially the bottom one in the first pic. I would honored to use any of them in my kitchen.
Keep up the good work and keep us posted.
Good job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 10:39 AM

Good stuff Wayne! Nice to see there is still some woodworking that you can do while your foot heals.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 08-30-2011 11:37 AM

Wayne, these are outstanding and you did a wonderful job on them. I may have to get me one or two of those hook knives for myself.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 11:57 AM

that’s is making something positive out of an injury. They are nice!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 12:19 PM

Yes, I believe you’ve figured it out! The hook knife really makes a difference for finishing the bowls. I like a gouge for roughing, but the hook knife really cleans things up nicely. Nice work!

Now, on to curved handles – that’s where things REALLY get crazy!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#6 posted 08-30-2011 12:59 PM

These are very handsome, Wayne. They are very similar to the ones I IMAGINED me building during the spoon off (no additional clever comments required). I like the hook as well. Nice work.

-- 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 08-30-2011 01:03 PM

Glad to see you figured out the inside of the bowls ! Nice work..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 08-30-2011 01:15 PM

Wayne ~ Now you’ve got me really wanting to carve a functional spoon. These have a lot of character to them (something totally missing in the factory/high volume shop spoons), and they will look great standing proud in one of those ‘crocks’ that people set on the kitchen counter. The ones you’ve made look plenty strong… and my vote goes to the bottom one because of the fatter handle (I’ve got big hands). Really nice work!

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

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 02:41 PM

Good stuff Wayne! I been wanting to try a few of these myself. Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 02:55 PM

Wayne some great carving. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 04:43 PM

Thanks for all of the positive feedback. Now I need to get after the next bunch.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 08-30-2011 05:50 PM

Those are Very pretty, Wayne!


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#13 posted 08-30-2011 05:50 PM

Nice job there Wayne!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 08-30-2011 06:13 PM

Funny I just started carving spoons that are functional

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 08-30-2011 06:57 PM

Those are some fine looking spoons. All they need now is some mashed taters and cole slaw.

That last one has peach cobbler written all over it.

Nice work!

-- My reality check bounced...

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