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Project by stefang posted 907 days ago 1465 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once upon a time I decided to give spoon carving a try. This one, which I did several years ago is also the last one I did. I never sanded or finished it, as I wanted a rustic homespun look to.

In Norway, it used to be a tradition to make something as a gift to the girl you wanted to marry. If she refused the gift, then the outlook for marriage was bleak. These gifts were mostly made of wood and could be almost any small project, but my guess is that carved spoons were a favorite as it was easy put some romance into it, like the double heart pattern on this one.

Spoons are easily cut out on a scroll saw to remove most of the waste and then carved. I have seen many fine spoons here on LJ, so I posted this one to make the others look even better!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.





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MyChipCarving

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#1 posted 907 days ago

Well done, Mike. Nothing to be ashamed of with this carving.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 907 days ago

Will you be doing anything else to it, such as applying a finish? Thanks for the lesson in Norwegian traditions!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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grizzman

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#3 posted 907 days ago

well that one is sure a fine looking one, ive got to make me one also, as i now have this beautiful walnut bowl to eat out of…ill post both of them when the spoon is done…..i guess your gift must have been taken , as i know you do have a wonderful wife…so what did you make to capture her heart mike…......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 907 days ago

Mike you can do it all , a fine looking spoon. good job my friend.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dave

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#5 posted 907 days ago

A very nice carving Mike. The question is what happened when you gave it to your wife.
I do like it Mike.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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daltxguy

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#6 posted 907 days ago

I hope she accepted!
A fine example of a carved spoon and everything to be proud about – comes with a great story too!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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stefang

12588 posts in 1935 days


#7 posted 907 days ago

Thanks Guys. I didn’t have to give my wife a gift to say yes. She just fell in love with me because I was so adorable. She had no idea at the time that I would end up as a woodworker covered in sawdust and looking like a zombie after a day in the shop.

And yes Jim, I can make a lot of different things, but none of them very well. The only skill I’ve ever totally mastered is loading the dishwashing machine. I am so good at it that I’m thinking of writing a book about it. Anyone want a signed copy?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dave

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#8 posted 907 days ago

I’ll take 2..

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Jimthecarver

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#9 posted 907 days ago

I also carved that same spoon, I did change it a little bit. You should give it another try, your first try looks better than mne did.
Well done!

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

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 907 days ago

Mike I’m holding my hands over my ears and closing my eyes and humming loudly . I can’t hear or see anything silly you might have said LOL I know better your good at ton’s of things. I’ve never seen a post of you loading the dishwasher so I’ll have to take your word on that one. :))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Spoontaneous

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#11 posted 907 days ago

Yeah, well….I’m with Jim the Carver….. my first spoon never looked that good!

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

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stefang

12588 posts in 1935 days


#12 posted 906 days ago

Thanks for all the support guys, but this will still probably be my last spoon, but my 13 yr.old grandson saw it and he was interested in making one. I am afraid to let him loose with my sharp (read dangerous) carving tools though. He is already good with the scroll saw, so I just have to figure out the carving part. Any suggestions are welcome.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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patron

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#13 posted 906 days ago

as always mike

your work is an inspiration
to us all

thanks for the ‘custom’ story

-- 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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Schwieb

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#14 posted 906 days ago

Actually Mike this is very nice and a nice story to go with it. Your’s is one more spoon than I have made. LOL Perhaps this could be a whittling and rasp project for the grandson. My grandpa always made sure I had a decent, sharp pocket knife and knew how to safely use it. Of course back then, we could carry pocket knives, even to school.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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stefang

12588 posts in 1935 days


#15 posted 906 days ago

Thanks David. Yes, I feel that I have inspired many LJ’ers. They take a look at my stuff and think to themselves “I CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!” and they do. As I’m sure you know, that doesn’t bother me much and I’m happy to encourage others in my own way.

Thanks Ken, I have been thinking about the pocket knife solution, so maybe that is a good way to go. I have a nice little chip carving knife that might be even better. The rasp might work too, except the ones I have are a little too coarse for that kind of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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