Spoons on the lathe

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Project by Brett posted 11-02-2011 07:21 AM 1748 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My lovely bride recently bought me a new Delta midi lathe for our 20th wedding anniversary. I am learning how to use it, slowly, and I made these spoons as one of my first projects on it.

I turned the outside shape on the lathe and cut them in half to make two spoons. As you can see I made two large and two small. I carved the bowls out with a gouge/carving tool.

The wood is supposed to be Laurel, that is what I was told that it was anyway. THIS WOOD IS HARD! I actually think that it was a LARGE Laurel bush that achieved tree status and it came down. There were just the logs on the ground. I really like the contrast in the color of the wood. It was spalting, I guess, if that is the right term for it. I haven’t applied any finish on them yet, I am not sure what I want to use.

I think that I will have to make some more of these. They are fun and fast to make.


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 01:34 PM

Nice looking job on these, great project.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 01:38 PM

This is a really nice collection of spoons you’ve made.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 03:03 PM

Great looking Brown Bean spoons!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 05:54 PM

If it’s laurel, these are definately spalted. I have some fresh laurel trunks and it’s a creamy white wood. Nice first turning project :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 01:50 AM

I’m glad I cliccked on your projects page. Those Laurel spoons look very “hardy”. Seriously, I was asked to make some spoons for a chef/friend of mine (the owner of the wine cellar door I made) and I was contemplating just doing them with spokeshaves and inshaves (or scorps, I guess). Your lathe method has given me more optimism to get started on them sooner. Thanks for the inspiration.


-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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