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Project by Spoontaneous posted 01-31-2012 02:45 AM 2201 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few more spoons I’m taking to the show

‘Gall’ is a small cedar burl…. it looked more like a ‘gall’ when I cut it… but it had some ‘solid’ wood inside. It came from my brother’s VA property and the bowl is maybe two inches wide.

The ‘Osage’ scoop is really kind of big at 13”. No fancy carving but the color is pretty when it catches the sunlight.

‘Lefty Righty’ is a pair of matching spoons… at least in shape and wood type (serviceberry). Maybe can be used as salad tongs…. 12” long, I think.

The ‘Spiny Lizard’ is mahogany with dried rose thorns. I had done a ‘beast’ with the spine previously but wanted to have one for the show.

The ‘Void’ is pretty useless. A couple of guys along the road were cutting down some branches and loading onto a trailer so I stopped for a piece. Spalted ficus is the wood and the hole is a limb scar… where the ‘twig’ that had protruded was rotted out. The back of the spoon has a better look so I will post a back view below.

Plum Skinny is called such because it is carved of purple plum and is about an 1/8” thick… It was actually the ‘undercut’ of another spoon that I had made previously. I had sent some sample 9” spoons to NYC and they decided they would rather have 5 1/2” spoons. So the eight (pictured below) are on their way back so I can peddle them at the art show.

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

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 02:51 AM

Always amazing well done.

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 02:53 AM

Beautiful work. The lizard keeps drawing my attention.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 03:25 AM

I’m sure you will have no problem moving them. And on the bright side you get the opportunity to wow them yet again with a whole new set.

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 03:32 AM

These are very cool…...amazing work.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 03:45 AM

I like spoons. Great work. I will take some pictures and post here tomorrow.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 04:06 AM

Another great bunch… you know I’m blaming you for this addiction I’m having with making spoons.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 04:14 AM

Paul ~ It beats ‘crack’.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 04:36 AM

Those are really nice !

How do you carve out the scoop of the spoon?

What kind of tools do you use?

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 04:40 AM

These are great!!! They have a real spirit about them!

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 04:57 AM

Thanks for the comments. I really appreciate it.

Campy ~ I use one of those green kutzall burrs.. like this

I think the maroon one is suppose to be coarser and cut faster… but that is not my experience. After I hog out the basic shape (I just hold the spoon handle and use my thigh for support).. and then I move to the gold round bit that looks like this:

Next, I usually use the sanding dome… first a medium grit and then a finer grit:

And then I use sandpaper with my finger, trying not to let the blood get on the wood.

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

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 05:38 AM

Great posting and fun stuff Bud!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 01-31-2012 07:54 AM

love the spoons! i have been accused of leaving DNA on every piece i make.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 03:59 PM

Love your work!!! Your spoons make mine look bland…although I will post my last batch later today.

Thanks for sharing which tools you use, too! I use a 2” Proxxon angle grinder with the chainsaw attachment…then dremel carbide wheel to clean up…then an hour of hand sanding wearing band-aids on my fingertips! Sounds like you guys have similar problems with your fingers…looks like I’ve found the right gang to hang out with! <g>

Now I’d love to try out that pretty green kutzall burr!


-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 01-31-2012 04:25 PM

Terry ~ I had an email conversation from a great spoon maker out in Colorado a couple of weeks ago… and he said the same thing…. that he uses the 2” Proxxon chainsaw blade with an angle grinder. I’m going to have to put that on my list.

I saw these sanding domes/mops online last night and would like to try one of them. I wish they made them in some smaller sizes but the 50 mm would work on some ‘normal’ sized spoons.

Can’t wait to see your work!

Terry (aka Spoontaneous)

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

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#15 posted 01-31-2012 05:48 PM

Your spoons always look great but can you fork me…................

-- mike...............

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