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I’ve been getting ready for my first Art Festival here in a couple of weeks. I got juried in under an emerging artist program… and so all of the fees were paid for me and they supply the canopy.

Meanwhile, a restaurant owner in NYC asked me for 40 spoons… so I am spending some time at the shop.

A few months ago, I took the old MDF/laminate desktop across state to one of my co-worker’s place in the country and had him Blast several shots at the desktop from about 40 yards (the right distance to get the buckshot to penetrate, but not too deep). He thought I was nuts (he might be right), but I dripped some red dye on the buckshot lead, then followed with superglue. At the shop I ground all the black laminate off the top and carved a little deeper around the clusters of the shot.

I ‘routed’ a couple of diagonals and stuck in some weathered trim. On the outside of the trim I textured and dyed that part brown… then I went back and sanded over it to expose the lighter MDF for highlights. I kind of did the same with the inner area… dyeing it blue and sanding to expose the shot. I used an acrylic floor finish. It is a pretty heavy piece so I attached it on all four corners to fit the wall flatly. The dang thing won’t photograph right… the colors having more contrast and less ‘orange’. 47” x 30”

This was the third piece that came from the desk. I still have the back of the desk… maybe a headboard will come of it. The other two pieces were here… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48491

The ‘Pod’ spoon is of sycamore… maybe 8” long.

The second spoon is Serviceberry, maybe 10” long and less than a quarter of an inch thick.

The red palm spoon I named ‘echo’. I bleached the insides of the bowls.

The next spoon reminded me of a Henry Moore sculpture, but my wife says it looks like she is scratching ‘her’ head. Approx. 10 ”.

‘Punch’ is more a ladle than a spoon…. carved from a red cedar burl I harvested back in October from my brother’s mountain top home in VA. The back of the bowl looks like a boxing glove… and the handle reminded me of those glove they have on a spring. 13 inches.

I have another 10 or 12 spoons made up but just haven’t been home in the daylight to photograph them. Most of them are ear marked for NYC and the rest for the show. 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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widdle

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#1 posted 905 days ago

coolio….

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whitedog

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#2 posted 905 days ago

I like them all. Good luck with the show you should wow them.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 905 days ago

Always coolsville

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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poospleasures

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#4 posted 904 days ago

Really like your spoons and all your mind bending thinking. I want to make some spoons for my wife and kids but just do not know how to scoop out the bowl without sanding for hours. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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Jimthecarver

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#5 posted 904 days ago

Wow…very cool
40 spoons, that’s alot of work. All types and designs or all the same?

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 904 days ago

Don’t know which one I like best!

Thanks for posting!
-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The best woodworking show since the invention of wood.)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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BarbS

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#7 posted 904 days ago

Wow. That’s some creativity to make out of an old cast off MDF desk! Your brain must operate in over drive. Love the spoons. Love your work. Keep posting photos!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Spoontaneous

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#8 posted 904 days ago

Thanks all for the comments.

Jim ~ I am proceeding on the premise that they will all be unique. I sent the first 8 out this morning… photo below. all approx. 9”

Poospleasures ~ Yeah, I know what you mean…. sometimes my fingers get to bleeding from working on the inside of the bowls. But there are tools to help. Mpounders posted a blog on making just that sort of tool
.
http://lumberjocks.com/mpounders/blog/25692

Thanks again….

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

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mtnwild

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#9 posted 904 days ago

Congratulations on the recognition, you so well deserve. Wait till they get a look at your work….......Let us know the response you receive. Fantastic!

Love the shotgun picture too…................

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

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Jimthecarver

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#10 posted 904 days ago

Fantastic! I’m sure they will be well received.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Roman Hrytsak

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#11 posted 903 days ago

WOW! Good luck at the show!

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

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Philzoel

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#12 posted 894 days ago

Spooner-tanious, I like your spoons and as I said i’m going to post some tomorrow.

Tell me how you get the 3D look of the pictures above? The background is black? with light from side?. Tried something like that but could not get same affect.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#13 posted 894 days ago

On digging out the spoon. I use a Kutzall 1” burr in drill press and hold the spoon in hand and dig away. It is easy when you get the hang of it. Have both fine and course. to finish with fine and then sand with bowl sander. Can dig out a bowl of spoon in 15 min or less.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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Spoontaneous

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#14 posted 894 days ago

Phil ~ Can’t wait to see your spoons.

I have a gradient screen… a sort of black to gray fade sheet that I put my spoons on to shoot. Mine is worn out and I need to get a new one.

As for light… I just shoot them in shade or near a window without the sun coming straight in.

Natural light seems to work fine as long as it is not glaring.

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

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